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Old 11-14-2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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Green Tea Vs Matcha (Japanese powdered Green tea)

I've only recently heard of Matcha (Powdered green tea from Japan). I've been drinking Green Tea and Oolong for years for the health benefits and because I love it!
Does anyone know this product and if it has the same health benefits as regular green tea?

P.S If anyone knows about any other nice Asian teas for me to try please feel free to add them I absolutely love tea and enjoy trying different kinds.

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One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant, chlorophyll, and fiber content because you're actually drinking the whole leaf instead of just brewed water. I've never tasted it but I've heard it has an astringent, vegetable, earthy taste
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:40 AM   #3
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One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant, chlorophyll, and fiber content because you're actually drinking the whole leaf instead of just brewed water. I've never tasted it but I've heard it has an astringent, vegetable, earthy taste
Thank you I want to buy some today and try it. Hope I find some at our Asian supermarket. I'm sure I will like it since I love the taste of strong green tea. The powder will be more convenient for making iced tea.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:05 AM   #4
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Does anyone know Matcha or Green tea powder?

Come on guys, you're supposed to know everything :(
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:59 PM   #5
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I've had mat.cha before but they're traditionally reserved for use in tea ceremonies. They're generally not regarded as ordinary household tea for regular consumption though.
My step-mother regularly participates in tea ceremonies here in L.A. but doesn't keep any of that in her home, just ordinary green tea.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:01 PM   #6
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Was hoping to try it, no luck finding it yet. I might order online but I would like to know if it's worth it before I do.
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Definitely worth it, I'd say. Generally speaking the quality of the leaves used for matcha is different to that of more run-of-the-mill green tea. They're grown under shade and picked young.

We don't drink a lot of matcha but we have our fair share of green tea, lately we've been brewing the leaves in the cup and eating them afterwards, for that extra bit of goodness

We also like soba-cha, hatomugi-cha (good for your skin) and kombu-cha. If they're not available locally you'll probably find them with a quick search on Rakuten. You might be interested to know that rooibos is very popular here.

Last week a friend was upset at the loss of her tea ceremony teacher, who passed away at the ripe old age of 105. Sharp as a tack to the end apparently. Got me thinking, maybe I should start drinking matcha every day too...

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Old 11-19-2012, 07:58 PM   #8
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Welcome to DC Hiroshimaikeru, and thank you for the info about Japanese teas. 105 you say. Hmmm, maybe I should start drinking matcha too.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:22 PM   #9
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Maikeru-san, welcome.......perhaps I should try mat.cha on a regular basis if it can keep me sharp as a tack. :)
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Very interesting post, Michael! Thanks, and welcome to DC!
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