FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where does our matcha come from?

Our matcha comes from our affiliated farmlands in Kyoto, Japan. A combination of the right climatic conditions, hilly terrain, fertile soil, fresh water and a legacy of cultivating secrets makes Kyoto’s farmlands the ideal nurturing ground to grow the purest and most authentic form of matcha, compared to other countries.

How is matcha powder grown?

The preparation of matcha is an intricate process. The tea leaves are grown in shade, retaining maximum levels of chlorophyll, which gives matcha its vibrant green colour and a rich vegetal taste profile. Our tea experts ensure that only the most tender and freshest leaves are handpicked and stone-ground into a delicate powder with minimal processing.

What are the different grades of matcha?

Matcha Culture offers 3 varied grades of matcha-

  • Ceremonial Grade
  • Premium Grade
  • Culinary Grade

Click here to explore different Grades of Matcha

Why does matcha come in different shades?

The difference in shade of matcha reflects the different qualities of the matcha powder, and the part of the plant used to make the matcha. The better the quality of matcha, the more vibrant green the colour.

What are the health benefits of consuming matcha?

Matcha provides unmatchable benefits- it is a detoxifier, antioxidant powerhouse, cleanser, increases the body’s metabolism, boosts the overall immunity, and much more. For more details, refer our Benefits section.

How does matcha help in weight loss?

Matcha has been scientifically proven to accelerate weight loss due to its 3 fold benefits-

  • Boosts metabolism, which leads to burning calories up to 40% faster than usual. It is a therefore a popular pre-workout and energy drink.
  • Regulates insulin levels ensuring that your food cravings are in control and you feel fuller for longer.
  • High levels of ECGC (a catechin) in matcha indicate that it is 6 times more effective as an anti-oxidant than any other superfood available!

How matcha make you alert and calm at the same time?

Matcha is known for its dual qualities. While the caffeine in matcha ensures that you have a balanced and prolonged alertness, the amino acid: L-Theanine makes the body and mind calm and de-stressed. The L-Theanine works like a yin to caffiene’s yang.

Does matcha have caffeine?

Yes, matcha has caffeine. Infact, it is being rapidly replaced with coffee worldwide. Although the caffeine content in matcha is lower than that of coffee, the caffeine effect is more long lasting and balanced compared to that of coffee. Several diabetics have also made the shift from coffee to matcha as it leads to no insulin spikes. For more details, refer our Matcha vs. Coffee section.

How is matcha different from green tea?

If you are a green tea lover, matcha is an even purer form packed with much more goodness and many health benefits. Matcha and green tea are made from the leaves of the same plant- Camellia Sinensis. What sets matcha apart is the intricate process of growing and preparing it, and therefore its unmatchable nutritional benefits. Studies show 1 cup of matcha is nutritionally equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea. A cup of matcha is like drinking the entire crushed leaf, with minimal processing, and no sieving, ensuring that you get 100% nutritional value from your tea.

Refer to our Matcha vs. Green Tea section for further details.

How do I use the matcha?

There are several ways of incorporating matcha into your daily lifestyle. It is a versatile product that can be used in sweet/savory food and drink recipes to make teas, lattes, smoothies, pancakes, milkshakes, cakes, chocolates, smoothie bowls, soups and even beauty masks! Refer our recipes section for creative recipe ideas.

When do I have matcha?

It is recommended to have matcha in the morning or afternoon, or whenever you need an energy boost and extra focus. If matcha’s high Vitamin C is a bit intense on an empty stomach, have it a few minutes after a snack or a meal. Consuming matcha after breakfast is the most recommended.

How much matcha can I have?

1-2 cups of matcha is an ideal daily intake, depending on you- (Add a leaf bullet point) 1 cup is ideal if you already maintain a healthy and energetic lifestyle

(Add a leaf bullet point)2 cups are ideal if you want to detox and keep your hunger cravings in check, since matcha regulates your blood sugar levels, boosts your metabolism and makes you feel fuller for longer.

Our matcha is provided with a serving spoon of ½ gram serving capacity. You can alter the serving as per your requirement.

What is the healthiest way to consume matcha?

In order to extract maximum health benefits of matcha, it is recommended to consume the Ceremonial Grade Matcha or the Premium Grade Matcha with hot water below the boiling point (about 70 degrees). For mixing, it is recommended to use a bamboo whisk or an electric whisk to bring out the flavor profile of the matcha.

How does matcha taste?

Unlike a lot of other teas which require sugar, milk, or lemon to make them palatable to the consumer, matcha is absolutely wonderful all by itself. It’s crisp vegetative notes are complimented by the savory taste of the L-Theanine amino acid making matcha a very unique tea. When added to food, matcha adds a tinge of taste, giving your food a bitter- sweet symphony. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Can I add sugar/sweeteners to my matcha?

This depends on the grade of matcha being used. For Ceremonial Grade, it is recommended not to add sugar/sweeteners as it should be had as purely as possible. But for the Premium and Culinary Grade, sugar/sweeteners can be added.

Can matcha be used for beauty remedies?

Definitely! Matcha’s high antioxidant activity ensures that you get an internal and external cleanse. Matcha is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-aging properties. It improves skin structure and hydration while reducing acne and skin aging. Various major companies from the skincare industry have launched matcha products such as face packs, face scrubs, body scrubs, and so on. They are popularly known as matcha products of green tea extract products.

Does matcha have any side effects?

Studies have shown no side effects of consuming matcha. Since matcha is high in Vitamin C, it should be used in moderation for ideal results.

What are the nutritional facts per 2 grams of matcha?

Energy: 6 Kcal
Carbohydrates: 1g
Protein: <1g
Iron: <1g
Water: <1g
Fat: 0
Vitamin C: 60mg
Vitamin A: 0.5mg