This is without a DOUBT our favourite matcha tea – and we’re a team of matcha addicts!! If you haven’t tried matcha before it’s a smooth, low tannin green tea, but rather than infusing and straining a tea bag or leaves, with matcha you actually drink the finely ground powder of these first flush young green leaves of the camellia plant. It is famed for its clean, light flavour, for its relationship to the tea ceremony, a beautiful Japanese tea ritual, but also – matcha is renowned for its ability to support GABA activity in the brain. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which acts in opposition to glutamate, calming the central nervous system. In terms of how this feels, it’s probably a useful reference to know that zen buddhist monks drink this tea before 9 hour long meditation sessions, and they seem pretty chill in the face of what for most of would be an insurmountable challenge!!
Matcha is a finely milled vibrant green tea powder made from the highest quality Japanese tea leaves. Clearspring Organic Premium Matcha comes from Uji, a region high in the hills around Kyoto, renowned for producing the best Japanese teas. Only accessibly by foot, this remote area is unpolluted and rich in friendly bugs such as spiders, ladybirds, praying mantis and dragonflies to keep the pests under control (best to use organic matcha as non-organic matcha is grown using excessive amounts of agricultural fertilisers and pesticides). Shade grown for the final few months to allow the leaves to fill with chlorophyll, the finest young tea buds are picked, dried and ground in a granite mortar.
High-grade Organic Uji Matcha products are cultivated under the diligent management of Clearspring’s tea master Juro Okuda. The tea bushes are covered with cloths for as long as possible to produce leaves of a deep green colour. It is very difficult to grow organic matcha; one must fight against both bugs and diseases. Harmful insects can appear because of small climate changes threatening the tea crop. For this reason, it is essential to manage the cultivation in a way that places primary importance on the natural ecosystem.
Ceremonial and Premium grades of Matcha are ground in stone mortars for many hours. This creates a unique light smoothness that is perfect for drinking.