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Japanese Izu Matcha Green Tea - Loose Leaf

Japanese Izu Matcha Green Tea - Loose Leaf
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    The Izu Matcha Tea blend from English Tea Store is one of the most celebrated and most famous teas in the world. Japanese Matcha is a powdered green tea that is used in Japanese tea ceremonies, and has been used as such for centuries. The ancient Japanese believe that tea was a gift from the heavens, and as such, held great restorative and spiritual power. Ancient Japanese poet, Sen no Rikyu who is considered to be the most influential on the development of the tea ceremony (or Chanoyu), believed "though many people drink tea, if you do not know the Way of Tea, tea will drink you up."

    Matcha is made using pure luxury sencha green tea and Gyokuro leaves that have been shaded under special shade covers for 3 weeks before plucking. Shading forces the plants to produce higher than normal chlorophyll levels, giving the leaves a rich green color. Once plucked, the leaves are steamed and dried. Next, they are stripped of all stems and veins, resulting in a pure leaf that is stone-ground into the fine powder tea lovers are familiar with. Having identified a high altitude Western Kenyan tea with 3 times the antioxidant value of regular green tea, this Matcha blend is blended with traditional Japan Izu. The flavory green character and emerald appearance is not altered, but the antioxidants are significantly boosted.

    The rules around drinking Matcha have loosened, however. What was once saved only for ceremony, has found its way into everyday life. Matcha can now be found served cold, as an ingredient in health shakes, ice creams, and even baked goods. One common misconception people have of Matcha is that is must be brewed according to the strict guidelines of the Cha no yu ceremony. In reality, Matcha can be brewed many different ways.

    Hot tea brewing method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn water to a rolling boil and let cool to roughly 180°F/°C. Place approximately of a teaspoon of Matcha in your cup. Infuse with 8 ounces/250 milliliter of water, whisk briskly and enjoy.

    Ceremonial Matcha: Please note that in order to brew Ceremonial Matcha you will need a set of Japanese tea ceremony tools. (Bowls, scoops, and a whisk).

    • Prepare tea bowls by warming them with boiled water
    • Prepare your Matcha whisk by soaking the tip in the boiled water in one of the bowls for about 10 seconds
    • Pour the water out and dry the bowl with a paper towel
    • Using your teaspoon, add 2 scoops of Matcha to each bowl
    • Pour ⅓ of a cup of your hot water into each bowl
    • In a slow "m" motion, submerge any loose bits of Matcha that may be floating on the surface of the tea
    • Whisk the tea more briskly in a back and forth motion until the surface of the Matcha becomes frothy
    • Consume immediately. (In Japan, it is customary to drink the entire bowl in 3 quick slurps)

    Hot matcha latte brewing methods - fast method: Use ½ teaspoon (1 gram) per 8 ounce (225 milliliter) serving. Add ½ teaspoon (1 gram) to base of cup and add 2 ounces of hot water & mix vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid. Top with freshly steamed milk (or substitute) and sweeten to taste. (Try maple syrup or honey)

    Iced matcha latte brewing methods: Use ½ teaspoon (1 gram) per 8 ounce (225 millliliter) serving. Add ½ teaspoon (1 gram) to base of cup and add 2 ounces of hot water and mix vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid. Top with freshly steamed milk (or substitute) and sweeten to taste. Cool for 30-60 minutes and pour over ice.

    Slow brewed Iced Matcha: Place 3 level teaspoons of Matcha into a glass pitcher. Fill pitcher with ice and let sit. After a few hours, ice will have melted and tea brewed. Stir vigorously to ensure the Matcha goes into suspension. Pour over ice and enjoy.

    Matcha Ginger Tea with crushed ice and lime: (Ingredients: 2 level teaspoons of Matcha, 2 tablespoons of chopped ginger, ½ cup ice, juice of ½ lime, dash of honey)

    • Blend ice, Matcha and ginger in a blender until ice is crushed
    • Pour into a chilled glass
    • Add lime juice and honey to taste

    Available in 3 sizes (Please select from the options above):

    • First time trying English Tea Store's Japanese Izu Matcha Green Loose Leaf Tea?

      Try our Sample Size of 1 ounce.
    • Contents loose leaf tea net weight 2 ounces
    • Contents loose leaf tea net weight 8 ounces

    Caffeine content: Very High - This tea contains natural caffeine found in the L. Camellia Sinensis family. A cup of green tea steeped in boiled water for 5 minutes will contain between 22 to 29 milligrams of caffeine. An equal sized cup of coffee will contain between 80 - 100 milligrams of caffeine. Caffeine quickly becomes soluble in very hot water. If you wish to reduce the caffeine level in this tea, briefly rinsing the tea leaves in extremely hot water will reduce the caffeine content between 25-50% with only a minor effect on taste.

    Antioxidant Content: Medium - When consuming matcha you actually consume all the tea leaves. Scientific testing in Japan has indicated that on account of this fact the antioxidant benefit of matcha can be up to 5-9 greater then with normal green tea consumed in the conventional manner.

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    Clearance Non-Clearance
    Country Of Origin Japan
    Season Everyday
    Size 2oz
    Product Type Loose Leaf Tea
    Dietary Options Caffeinated
    Dietary Options Gluten Free
    Flavor Traditional
    Type Green Tea
    Type Japanese Green Tea
    Type Matcha Tea
    Left Overlay Image gluten-free-prod.png
    Brand English Tea Store
  • 6 Reviews

    6 Reviews

    • 2
      Matcha tea was bitter

      Posted by Nell on Jan 3rd 2019

      I was disappointed in the Matcha tea I bought. It was bitter, and much too astringent. It didn't have the bright green color and didn't froth. I gave it as a gift and was embarrassed by the quality.

    • 5
      Wonderful product!!

      Posted by SESR on Oct 8th 2017

      The Japanese Izu Matcha Green Tea is the only green tea I drink. All of the products that I have purchased through the English Tea Store have been superb.

    • 5
      excellent quality, good price

      Posted by DavePL on Aug 3rd 2017

      One of the better priced macha teas around. Makes a great smoothie with soy milk!

    • 5
      Loves the quality and uses is daily

      Posted by Jo'sMatcha on Jul 5th 2017

      This is a genuine quality Matcha that is used daily and has been consistent for years that we have been purchasing from the English Tea Store. Always delivered on time and the cost is very reasonable. I will continue to purchase from here forever.

    • 3
      Low Quality

      Posted by Pat on Dec 28th 2016

      I like the English Tea Store's products and blame myself for not reading the description closely. The country of origin is China/Kenya not Japan. The quality Matcha that I buy is from Japan and it's a bright green color. This product is closer to a brown-green color. I whisked in 170°F(76.67°C) for three minutes and the result was a bitter tea with almost no froth. I will continue to order chamomile and other teas from this company, but never again the Matcha Tea.

    • 5
      Morning punch

      Posted by Janet on Sep 22nd 2015

      Although I don't love the taste of the matcha brewed alone, I use it in my morning smoothie combined with fresh fruit. The health benefits of matcha make it well worth drinking. The energy boost is just a bonus!

Watch our collection of Matcha Tea Videos

The Izu Matcha Tea blend from English Tea Store is one of the most celebrated and most famous teas in the world. Japanese Matcha is a powdered green tea that is used in Japanese tea ceremonies, and has been used as such for centuries. The ancient Japanese believe that tea was a gift from the heavens, and as such, held great restorative and spiritual power. Ancient Japanese poet, Sen no Rikyu who is considered to be the most influential on the development of the tea ceremony (or Chanoyu), believed "though many people drink tea, if you do not know the Way of Tea, tea will drink you up."

Matcha is made using pure luxury sencha green tea and Gyokuro leaves that have been shaded under special shade covers for 3 weeks before plucking. Shading forces the plants to produce higher than normal chlorophyll levels, giving the leaves a rich green color. Once plucked, the leaves are steamed and dried. Next, they are stripped of all stems and veins, resulting in a pure leaf that is stone-ground into the fine powder tea lovers are familiar with. Having identified a high altitude Western Kenyan tea with 3 times the antioxidant value of regular green tea, this Matcha blend is blended with traditional Japan Izu. The flavory green character and emerald appearance is not altered, but the antioxidants are significantly boosted.

The rules around drinking Matcha have loosened, however. What was once saved only for ceremony, has found its way into everyday life. Matcha can now be found served cold, as an ingredient in health shakes, ice creams, and even baked goods. One common misconception people have of Matcha is that is must be brewed according to the strict guidelines of the Cha no yu ceremony. In reality, Matcha can be brewed many different ways.

Hot tea brewing method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn water to a rolling boil and let cool to roughly 180°F/°C. Place approximately of a teaspoon of Matcha in your cup. Infuse with 8 ounces/250 milliliter of water, whisk briskly and enjoy.

Ceremonial Matcha: Please note that in order to brew Ceremonial Matcha you will need a set of Japanese tea ceremony tools. (Bowls, scoops, and a whisk).

  • Prepare tea bowls by warming them with boiled water
  • Prepare your Matcha whisk by soaking the tip in the boiled water in one of the bowls for about 10 seconds
  • Pour the water out and dry the bowl with a paper towel
  • Using your teaspoon, add 2 scoops of Matcha to each bowl
  • Pour ⅓ of a cup of your hot water into each bowl
  • In a slow "m" motion, submerge any loose bits of Matcha that may be floating on the surface of the tea
  • Whisk the tea more briskly in a back and forth motion until the surface of the Matcha becomes frothy
  • Consume immediately. (In Japan, it is customary to drink the entire bowl in 3 quick slurps)

Hot matcha latte brewing methods - fast method: Use ½ teaspoon (1 gram) per 8 ounce (225 milliliter) serving. Add ½ teaspoon (1 gram) to base of cup and add 2 ounces of hot water & mix vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid. Top with freshly steamed milk (or substitute) and sweeten to taste. (Try maple syrup or honey)

Iced matcha latte brewing methods: Use ½ teaspoon (1 gram) per 8 ounce (225 millliliter) serving. Add ½ teaspoon (1 gram) to base of cup and add 2 ounces of hot water and mix vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid. Top with freshly steamed milk (or substitute) and sweeten to taste. Cool for 30-60 minutes and pour over ice.

Slow brewed Iced Matcha: Place 3 level teaspoons of Matcha into a glass pitcher. Fill pitcher with ice and let sit. After a few hours, ice will have melted and tea brewed. Stir vigorously to ensure the Matcha goes into suspension. Pour over ice and enjoy.

Matcha Ginger Tea with crushed ice and lime: (Ingredients: 2 level teaspoons of Matcha, 2 tablespoons of chopped ginger, ½ cup ice, juice of ½ lime, dash of honey)

  • Blend ice, Matcha and ginger in a blender until ice is crushed
  • Pour into a chilled glass
  • Add lime juice and honey to taste

Available in 3 sizes (Please select from the options above):

  • First time trying English Tea Store's Japanese Izu Matcha Green Loose Leaf Tea?

    Try our Sample Size of 1 ounce.
  • Contents loose leaf tea net weight 2 ounces
  • Contents loose leaf tea net weight 8 ounces

Caffeine content: Very High - This tea contains natural caffeine found in the L. Camellia Sinensis family. A cup of green tea steeped in boiled water for 5 minutes will contain between 22 to 29 milligrams of caffeine. An equal sized cup of coffee will contain between 80 - 100 milligrams of caffeine. Caffeine quickly becomes soluble in very hot water. If you wish to reduce the caffeine level in this tea, briefly rinsing the tea leaves in extremely hot water will reduce the caffeine content between 25-50% with only a minor effect on taste.

Antioxidant Content: Medium - When consuming matcha you actually consume all the tea leaves. Scientific testing in Japan has indicated that on account of this fact the antioxidant benefit of matcha can be up to 5-9 greater then with normal green tea consumed in the conventional manner.

Clearance Non-Clearance
Country Of Origin Japan
Season Everyday
Size 2oz
Product Type Loose Leaf Tea
Dietary Options Caffeinated
Dietary Options Gluten Free
Flavor Traditional
Type Green Tea
Type Japanese Green Tea
Type Matcha Tea
Left Overlay Image gluten-free-prod.png
Brand English Tea Store

6 Reviews

  • 2
    Matcha tea was bitter

    Posted by Nell on Jan 3rd 2019

    I was disappointed in the Matcha tea I bought. It was bitter, and much too astringent. It didn't have the bright green color and didn't froth. I gave it as a gift and was embarrassed by the quality.

  • 5
    Wonderful product!!

    Posted by SESR on Oct 8th 2017

    The Japanese Izu Matcha Green Tea is the only green tea I drink. All of the products that I have purchased through the English Tea Store have been superb.

  • 5
    excellent quality, good price

    Posted by DavePL on Aug 3rd 2017

    One of the better priced macha teas around. Makes a great smoothie with soy milk!

  • 5
    Loves the quality and uses is daily

    Posted by Jo'sMatcha on Jul 5th 2017

    This is a genuine quality Matcha that is used daily and has been consistent for years that we have been purchasing from the English Tea Store. Always delivered on time and the cost is very reasonable. I will continue to purchase from here forever.

  • 3
    Low Quality

    Posted by Pat on Dec 28th 2016

    I like the English Tea Store's products and blame myself for not reading the description closely. The country of origin is China/Kenya not Japan. The quality Matcha that I buy is from Japan and it's a bright green color. This product is closer to a brown-green color. I whisked in 170°F(76.67°C) for three minutes and the result was a bitter tea with almost no froth. I will continue to order chamomile and other teas from this company, but never again the Matcha Tea.

  • 5
    Morning punch

    Posted by Janet on Sep 22nd 2015

    Although I don't love the taste of the matcha brewed alone, I use it in my morning smoothie combined with fresh fruit. The health benefits of matcha make it well worth drinking. The energy boost is just a bonus!

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