Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long does the Matcha stay fresh after it is opened?
It's best if consumed within 2 months. You can extend the usable life by quickly resealing the pouch after each use. This keeps your Matcha fresh.
Q: What's the difference between Classic Culinary Grade and Premium Culinary Grade?
Classic culinary grade is made from tea leaves gathered in the third harvest. Culinary grade is from the second harvest. The later harvest gives a stronger flavor and generally works better in baking and other situations when additional flavors will be blended.
Q: Can your Matcha be used to make a cup of green tea? How much should I use?
This makes a fine cup of tea that has a bit different flavor and quality from regular brewed tea. Start with 1/2 to 1 full teaspoon of tea per cup. Then adjust to taste. Warm your water just to the point when you see a few bubbles. Do not boil.
Q: Is this tea sweetened?
No, absolutely NO sweeteners have been added. It is 100% natural. Many people prefer to add a bit of sugar, honey, or other sweetener to their cup.
Q: Does this Matcha have caffeine?
Yes, it contains 25 to 35mg of natural caffeine. That's about 1/3 as much as a similar cup of coffee. Our Matcha won't make you jittery. It takes 3 to 5 hours for this small amount of caffeine to affect your system.
Q: Can I use this for a beauty face mask?
Yes a lot of customers mix 1 teaspoon of tea with 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix to a paste and spread over your face and neck. You get a revitalizing face mask that does wonders over 10 to 15 minutes. Try doing this once per week for more beautiful skin.
For a probiotic mix with plain yogurt. If you're in a hurry, just mix tea with a few drops of water. For dry skin, mix with olive, coconut, or castor oil.
Q: Does this tea have a grassy flavor? Is it bitter?
It is not bitter at all and does not have a grassy flavor. This is higher quality Matcha that lacks some of the problems of lesser varieties. It's great for someone who wants to give up coffee and still enjoy a delicious, spirit lifting cup.
Q: Is your tea made in a peanut free environment.
No peanuts are used anywhere in the harvest or manufacture of this tea. The facility is peanut free for this 100% natural tea.
Q: Does your tea help me lose weight
Matcha is good at helping speed up your metabolism. Just like a naturally thin person, your body burns more of the nutrition you consume. Instead of storing excess fat, you have more energy and may find it easier to lose weight. As with all nutrients, weight loss works better when you also get sensible exercise.
Q: How can I make a Matcha green tea iced latte similar to Starbucks?
We like this recipe. It is pretty close to the Starbucks Latte flavor.
- 1 tsp pure matcha green tea powder
- 1 cup almond milk. Starbucks uses vanilla-flavored soy milk.
- 1-2 tsp sugar, dissolved in a small amount of hot water
- whipped cream (optional)
Iced Matcha Latte
Fill a big glass with almond milk or vanilla flavored soy milk.
Add dissolved sugar and tea powder. It's best to warm your milk and powder mix to dissolve it. Stir and fill with ice. Add whipped cream for a fancy look and taste.
Hot Matcha Latte
This makes a delicious hot green tea latte. Heat almond milk in a pan until hot. Add sugar and matcha. Stir and add whipped cream. Yum!