WHAT IS MATCHA?
The word “matcha” actually means “powdered tea” in Japanese. Matcha is the crème de la crème of green tea. Matcha is made from shade-grown, 100% green tea leaves that have been ground into an ultra-fine powder. Traditional green tea is steeped in hot water, but matcha is placed directly into water and then fully consumed.
Several weeks prior to the leaves are harvested, the tea bushes are covered to block out direct sunlight. Doing so slows down the growth of the leaves, turning the leaves a darker shade of green and causes increased production of amino acids.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MATCHAFUL'S EMERALD GRADE MATCHA AND JADE GRADE MATCHA?
Matchaful’s Emerald Grade Matcha is handpicked during the very first harvest of leaves. Matchaful’s first-harvest leaves are the highest quality leaves of the each growing season. These leaves result in your matcha tasting
Matchaful’s Jade Grade Matcha is handpicked during the second harvest of leaves. Matchaful’s second-harvest leaves stay on the plant longer, resulting in a bolder, more earthy taste profile.
So how do I decide which to buy? As you can see by the size and price, Matchaful’s Jade grade is more economical. Your decision should ultimately come down to how you plan to consume your matcha. If you are a tea connoisseur who prefers to drink their tea with only water, we suggest purchasing Matchaful’s Emerald Grade matcha. If you plan to use your blender, cook with or make lattes with your matcha, we suggest purchasing Matchaful’s Jade Grade matcha.
HOW DO I DETERMINE THE QUALITY OF MY MATCHA?
The simplest way to determine the quality of your matcha is simply by looking at its color. The highest quality matcha will look vibrantly green while lower grades will have a duller appearance with the lowest grades looking brownish green.
HOW DOES MATCHAFUL'S MATCHA SO BRIGHTLY GREEN ? ARE THERE ANY FILLINGS OR COLOR ADDED?
Matchaful’s matcha contains only one ingredient: 100% USDA matcha. Although the colors look almost too bright green not to have any additives, we can assure you that when you buy Matchaful, you are buying only only one ingredient: 100% USDA matcha.
WHERE DOES MATCHA COME FROM?
Matcha is grown across Asia. However, the most famous Matcha-producing regions are located in the the Uji Prefecture (Kyoto), the Aichi Prefecture (Nishio) in Aichi, and Fukuoka. Matchaful comes from the Nishio region. The Nishio region is highly regarded as the region with the best weather conditions and the richest soil. Creating perfect conditions for Matcha production.
HOW DO I STORE MY MATCHA?
We suggest that once opened, that you keep your tin in either your refrigerator or freezer. We at Matchaful choose to keep our tins in the freezer as the lower temperatures help to preserve the freshness the longest.
IS YOUR MATCHA VEGAN AND GLUTEN-FREE?
Yes. Matchaful's matcha contains only one ingredient - 100% USDA organic, vegan, gluten-free matcha.
DOES IT CONTAIN SUGAR?
Matcha naturally contains trace amounts of sugar - approximately 20mg / serving. However, we do not add any ingredients, including sugar to our matcha.
HOW MANY CALORIES IS IN YOUR MATCHA?
Our organic matcha is an extremely low calorie beverage. Matchaful's matcha powder contains only three (3) calories per 1 gram serving of matcha powder.
One (1) gram of matcha equals approximately one (1) Matchaful Perfect Serving Scoop or 1/2 tsp.
IS MATCHAFUL'S MATCHA CERTIFIED KOSHER?
Yes it is. Our matcha has obtained kosher certification.