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.
Matcha is the most prized amongst Japanese teas and it has been drunk as part of the tea ceremony for 900 years as well as by Buddhist monks during long days of meditation. Today the use of matcha has streched beyond the boundaries of tea houses and is becoming widely popular due to its superfood reputation.
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Shibumi is an exclusive representative of Clearspring matcha in New Zealand.
Japanese Organic Matcha - Premium grade (40g)
Growing conditions, time of harvest and processing techniques have a direct effect on the grade and final flavour of matcha.
Ceremonial grade matcha uses the finest, smallest shade grown leaves from the very tip of the tea bush - giving it a very vibrant green colour and a slightly sweet, smooth flavour.
Premium grade matcha is ideal for both drinking and home baking, can add unique flavour and incredible colour to food and drink recipes.
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.