Hi beauties! Quick life-stuff update… The past couple of weeks have been eh. I don’t know how much better this week and the next couple of weeks will be as this is week 10 and we start studying for finals next week! I cannot believe that we’ve already gotten some pre-tests from our externship coordinator for our certification boards! Boards and externship is approaching fast! But also found out that we don’t actually have our graduation ceremony until late September, even though we’ll be finished with this program early June. That’s about 3 3/4 months between! :/ Ah well, we’ll still be able to find jobs and what nots during that time.
Anywho… I have one more matcha review for you. This will likely be my last actual review of these matcha teas because I found out that a cup of matcha may be equivalent to a cup of coffee, caffeine wise. Note: I haven’t verified this and have only read about this on a couple of sources. Though the caffeine in matcha is supposedly easier on the body, it still raises my blood pressure and could be one of the factors as to why my blood pressure has been going up the past few months since I’ve consumed so so so much of it! However, since I’ve been taking my new blood pressure meds I’ve also cut down on drinking matcha, and when I did drink a cup of matcha, I noticed that my heart rate went up and took a while to get back to a normal resting rate and my systolic pressure also went up. So unfortunately, I can’t drink as much of it as I want to any more 🙁 even though it has so many other reported health benefits (like lowering cholesterol, too bad, I wish it lowered both BP and Cholesterol!). FYI – all of our bodies are different, we have different hereditary factors and health factors, those are purely my own personal experiences and observances.
Product description via J-wire Co, Ltd:
“ORGANIC Matcha Powder – from Kakegawa, Japan – For both food, beverages, cookies, snack, or ice cream e.t.c – Matcha Green Tea is the highest quality powdered green tea available.
High in Antioxidants: it contains the entire tea leaf which dramatically increases the nutritional content. The first amazing benefit of Matcha Green Tea is that just one bowl provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method.
Loaded with Catechin, EGCg: Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial.
Burns Calories: Support to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average.
Detoxifies the Body: Support to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health.
[…] the whole leaves are ingested, it’s a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea. In addition to providing small amounts of vitamins and minerals.Matcha aficionados say that compared to the caffeine buzz from coffee, matcha creates an “alert calm” due to a natural substance it contains called l-theanine, which induces relaxation without drowsiness.”
See even in that description it remarks about caffeine!
As this is the culinary version, it is not as brightly green as ceremonial ones, as I have mentioned in the past. However, I would say that this would rank in the middle as far as the green-ness of the culinary grades that I have tried. It’s not a bright green, but it’s still fairly green with a golden-yellowish hue rather than a dull brownish-green cast. The powder seems clumpier upon glancing at it, but when I sniffed it over the package I got a good coating of matcha dust up my nose and down my throat. It has the same semi-sweet earthy scent that the ceremonial grades have. In a hot tea brew it tasted smooth, no clumping, and there was only a small hint of bitterness at the back sides of the tongue.
So… in conclusion this is a great matcha tea that is, in my personal opinion, about middle of the road in the culinary grades that I have tried.
*Disclaimer: This product was given to me complimentary in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This evaluation and review is an accounting of my true opinions and experiences, and is written in the same manner as if I had bought it at full-price, been given as a gift, or received as a sample.
You can purchase this on Amazon:
- Organic Matcha Powder, 4oz (113 gms) for $23.75 + free Prime shipping.
Price and availability current as of the time of writing this post.