What exactly is Golden Matcha? Is it better than normal green tea?
It’s an entirely new category of green tea; in fact, it’s the first product of its kind. Using a special cold-crafting method, fresh green tea leaves are turned into a powder that is instantly soluble (like instant coffee). Since it’s pure tea with nothing else added to it, you can literally consume fresh green tea leaves instead of brewing or steeping them, and leaving out several active components in the teabag! This way, you get more than twice the amount of antioxidants compared to other green teas.
Is it easier to make?
Yes, it is. All you have to do is add hot water. You don’t even have to stir it with a spoon. By eliminating the entire process of brewing and straining the leaves or disposing off the teabags, you can save both time and effort – and though it may not seem like a lot of work to make tea, think about it, it can be a boon when you’re at your desk at work or early in the morning, when you’re barely awake. This particular Sprig tea also comes with a handcrafted bamboo Cha-Shaku or tea scoop to measure out just the right amount for each cup.
How does it differ from Japanese Matcha?
Matcha in Japanese literally means powdered green tea…and that’s where the similarity ends. Although Golden Matcha is inspired by the ancient concept of powdering green tea, it’s not the same. We often assume that the green colour of expensive Japanese Matcha, is an indicator of its health benefits, but this is not true. The green colour is because of Chlorophyll which your body can get from just about any green leaf or vegetable you eat. Golden Matcha prioritizes nutrition over colour and is crafted to retain antioxidant polyphenols and soluble nutrients, thus improving the bioactivity (the effectiveness of the nutrients) and bioavailability (the body’s ability to absorb them).
What are the health benefits?
Modern clinical studies have shown remarkable results demonstrating that antioxidant polyphenols in green tea, such as flavonoids and catechins can prevent some forms of cancer as well as the onset of age-related degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. There is also evidence that suggests green tea can improve metabolism and thus aid weight loss.
Can one cook with it?
Well, if you’re creative in the kitchen, you can add it to ice creams and other desserts. Just remember, it’s a powerful flavour, so less is more. A warm cup of green tea is always nice in winter days, but on warmer days, you can also make iced tea with a squeeze of lime and honey.