Considered one of the superfoods and claimed to have fat burning benefits, Matcha beverages are becoming more popular than its sibling ‘the Green Tea’ and its bitter rival ‘the Coffee’. So get ready, I bought several packs and canisters of Matchasss, and I made them into drinks, drank it, and then strung my tummy like a guitar, trying to hear if my bulges are still ringing!
When you process Green Tea to be powdered form what you get is Matcha. So technically, Matcha is Green Tea Powder. And by observing leading coffee and tea houses (i.e. Starbucks and the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf) they prepare their green tea frappes and lattes with spoonfuls of powdered Matcha. So ladies and gents, we are on the right track in exploring this green thing.
But — that sounded more like an instant powder mix, like the convenient 3-in-1 coffee sachets, that devalues brewed coffees?
I would say yes, it is powdered, and it is easy to prepare; but no, it does not devalue Green Tea. Actually, it multiplies the value of Green Tea.
And why is that?
According to studies, Matcha is a powerhouse of nutrients. Ten cups of steeped Green Tea is equivalent to one cup of Matcha. So what you get is a concentrated form of Green Tea’s goodness.
10 Green Tea cups is equivalent 1 Matcha cup; Matcha is a concentrated form of Green Tea’s goodness!
Nutritional value of Matcha:
Green Tea steeping and powderization were developed by the Chinese more than 1,000 years ago, but it was the Japanese that popularized Matcha by appreciating its nutritional value and celebrating it in their diets (and including it in their movies, animes, and manga).
According to from Matcha Source, here’s the nutritional value of 1 g of Matcha:
- Total Catechins – 105 mg (per 1 g Matcha)
- EGCg – 61 mg
- Amino Acids – 34 mg
- L-Theanine – 14.26 mg
- Caffeine – 35 m
- Fiber – 318 mg
- Carbs – 447 mg
- Vitamin C – 1.75 mg
- Vitamin A – 291 units
- Potassium – 26.6 mg
- Calories – 3
Health benefits of Matcha:
Drank by samurais before their battles and by monks to aid their meditations, Matcha earned that respect that cannot be denied since medieval and up to this very day. According to modern findings, including Matcha in our diet can:
- prevent cancer,
- delay Alzheimer’s disease,
- calm and relax the mind,
- promote clear thinking and weight loss,
- improve good cholesterol levels and bowel movement, and
- boost energy without the jittery effect from drinking coffee.
Approved by samurais, monks, hipster baristas, and doctors — definitely a yes in my book!
Establishments that offers Matcha Latte:
- Starbucks Philippines – Green Tea Latte (Venti @ 160 Php)
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Matcha Green Tea (Large @ 185 Php)
- Seattle’s Best – Green Tea Latte (Large @ 170 Php)
Buying Matcha/Green Tea Powder:
Some consider it high-end, Matcha or Green Tea Powder is quite expensive that may put a little dent in your weekly grocery budget (some may go up 1,300 Php per canister that can make a liter or less of Matcha beverages). But considering health and nutritional benefits, Matcha can save you in the long run. It will be a great suggestion to trade your usual powdered/liquid sugary drinks (or even coffee) for it.
I’ve tried and tasted the expensive ones from Healthy Options and Mochicream Cafe, also the cheaper ones sold in Chinatown. So far, the best in terms of price, value, and effect is Gyokuroen Green Tea. And this is sold at Rustan’s Grocery and Uni-Mart at 241 Php per pack of 120 grams.
According to their website, Gyokuroen Green Tea is made from 100% Japanese Matcha and pure sugar. And as per kitchen test, a pack of Gyokuroen Green Tea can serve 1 liter of Matcha drinks in either hot or cold. Compared with the famous coffee and tea houses, the taste is similar; and much better, I suppose. The grassy and bittersweet tastes are still there, and I have no complaints.
One of the major health benefits of matcha tea is that it delivers a mega dose of antioxidants in every sip. According to the latest innovation in antioxidant research, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’.
After consuming Matcha drinks for a month and a half, there’s an undeniable effect that I’ve lost those stubborn fats around my waist (and that’s without strenuous workout); there is clarity in mind, and it improved my concentration; and it can really rival coffee in terms of caffeine kick and energy boost. But I still prefer that jittery and crazy effect that coffee gives me; the caffeine hug!
The only downside for Matcha is the price and variety. I would like to see more Matcha products in the Philippines: cheaper, purer, and unsweetened. Nonetheless, Matcha stays in my diet. If you know Matcha suppliers and products that you may want to share with us, please feel free to send us a message, thanks!
PS: Fats returned when I subjected myself in endless buffets last month.
With that, let’s start making Matcha Latte!
- Gyokuroen Matcha, 3 tbsp
- Hot Water, 250 ml
- Evaporated Milk, 50 ml
- Place half of the Hot Water in a cup
- Mix it with Matcha
- Aerate/Whisk/Stir until desired froth level
- Slowly add the remaining Hot Water and Evaporated Milk
- Sprinkle Matcha powder to garnish