Matcha (Powdered)

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Green Matcha Blend
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180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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  • “I am new here to this site but not new to preparing tea. I absolutely LOVE Rishi Tea Matcha, 100% Premium Tea Powder it has all the attributes I look for in Matcha; it has the grassy, vegetal...” Read full tasting note
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    MacchaMan 54 tasting notes
  • “I've been holding off on this. Cofftea is sure to comment. :) I finally decided to try this. Since I'm not seasoned or have the correct Matcha Bowl or other alternatives I did the...” Read full tasting note
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    teaequalsbliss 6770 tasting notes
  • “MY 1st EXPERIENCE W/ MATCHA! I had this at a new cafe my mom and I tried for dinner last nite... AMAZING! light and a touch grassy topped w/ a light froth that did not collapse when my lips touched...” Read full tasting note
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    Cofftea 865 tasting notes
  • “I've had this random single-serving packet of matcha that I got in some trade or other kicking around in my cupboard for awhile. I eventually figured out, based on the pictures, that this came...” Read full tasting note
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    JillDragon 1611 tasting notes

From Rishi Tea

Matcha was first used by Zen monks more than 800 years ago to promote a calm state of alertness and focus during extended meditation sessions. Matcha became an integral part of Japanese culture and is the traditional green tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony.
All Natural & Antioxidant Rich
222mg polyphenols per serving!

To Your Health
Matcha is 100% pure green tea without the added extracts, colorants, sweeteners or flavoring agents found in most instant tea products. One serving of Matcha delivers the antioxidant value of more than 3 cups of common green tea. Matcha also contains L-theanine, an amino acid found only in tea that is known to counteract the “buzz” from caffeine by calming the central nervous system. L-theanine’s natural anti-stress action is anti-depressant and non-sedating. Regular consumption of Matcha promotes creativity, a calm state of alertness and increased energy without the caffeine crash associated with coffee.

Brewed Tea
Regular brewed tea yields only 30% of the total nutritional elements found in tea. The remaining 70% will be thrown away in the spent leaves.

Matcha
Matcha imparts 100% of the nutritional elements that tea offers because the entire tea leaf can be consumed. One serving of Matcha can be prepared in seconds with hot or cold water.

About Rishi Tea View company

The majority of our teas are organic and Fair Trade Certified. In 2009, we won 11 First Place Awards for Best Tea, almost double that of any competitor. Tea is our passion, it’s what we do best. We’re honored to share some of our favorite teas with you.

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I am new here to this site but not new to preparing tea. I absolutely LOVE Rishi Tea Matcha, 100% Premium Tea Powder it has all the attributes I look for in Matcha; it has the grassy, vegetal undertone preceded by a fine-bubbled, creamy, rich foamy, sweetness; the color is a rich saturated Jade green and the aroma is of fresh spinach with a little grass and a little hay.

I highly recommend this Maccha!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

Maccha? This matcha is amazing- it was my 1st. But, except for purchasing it maybe once to prepare myself since I’ve had it prepared by someone else, I’m not gonna bother buying it because A.) I prefer to prepare my matcha authentically and the packaging isn’t in line w/ that mindset B.) For the 90 miles it needs to travel to get to me, the shipping is too expensive and it takes too long buying it online- although my local tea shop has it for only $1 more (plus tax) than the website charges so I can avoid shipping. and C.) It’s pretty expensive for the amount even before factoring in shipping. But if you don’t care about the packaging and don’t need to be concerned w/ economical value (darn my limited income), it’s AMAZING.

MacchaMan

YES, I do agree on the pricing point, in-fact, I e-mailed Rishi telling them my concerns about price but they only had a typical generic answer…nothing really to change it any; now about the packaging, again, yes, scooping it out with a chasaku, then whisking it with a chasen in a matchawan is the most pleasurable tasks of preparing matcha, however, if you can get past the packaging, it is THE BEST TASTING matcha I have ever had to date…I LOVE IT! I did splurge and bought a case so that I didn’t run out too quickly; I drink it quite often, 2-3 times a day.

Cofftea

lol… see… I can’t get past the packaging. I’m even going to take my tin w/ me when I go on vacations. But that’s just me though and I’m glad you can get past it. I’ve loved every single one of the matchas I’ve tried so I’m ok w/ passing on this one.

MacchaMan

lol, that’s perfectly ok, but to pass on Rishi, OMG!…LOL…sorry, I love the stuff if you can’t tell by now…

Cofftea

So much matcha, so little time:) Maybe I’ll come back to it once I’ve tried every single matcha possible=D

MacchaMan

That’s my goal as well…I have a box/chest full of 30g tins of matcha that I want to get to…my recent is from Takashimya/Irokuen and DoMatcha. But I love matcha and powdered Sencha since you ingest the whole leaf rather than just the runoff. You get all the benefits of the whole leaf if you drink matcha and powdered Sencha…but I like matcha way better.

Cofftea

Drink up! Matcha doesn’t stay fresh nearly as long as whole leaf. I tried powdered sencha from Den’s Tea because it was 15% off last month. Pretty good. I negate their preparation suggestions and prepare it just as I would matcha.

MacchaMan

I swear we are on the same wavelength because I got in on the deal at Den’s Tea as well, I bought four pouches. It’s funny, I prepare some then use that as my water for preparing matcha. BOY, DO I WAKE UP AFTER DRINKING THAT!…lol

Cofftea

So you combine matcha and powdered sencha…? And 1 serving of each, not half?

MacchaMan

pretty much!…actually, I don’t combine the two powders, I prepare the sencha first then I scoop in the matcha and whisk…VOILA! Super matcha-sencha bowl of tea…lol

Cofftea

Oooh you mean steeped and decanted sencha… Gotcha. We were talking about powdered sencha so I got confused.

MacchaMan

that’s ok, haven’t had your matcha yet?…I tend to get that way too…lol

Cofftea

Actually I had mine about 2 hrs ago. I was talking about powdered sencha and then you said “I got in on the deal at Den’s Tea as well, I bought four pouches. It’s funny, I prepare some then use that as my water for preparing matcha.” Since the Den’s Tea deal was powdered sencha, I naturally thought that’s what you meant since you said no different.

MacchaMan

yes, I would make the powdered sencha, then the mixed green tea [which is the powdered sencha] I use that tea/water mixture as the water for my matcha preparation.

Cofftea

So they’d end up combined…

MacchaMan

yes, but the sencha is already made, just add the matcha to the green sencha tea water

Cofftea

But the flavor is no different than if you’d put them both in at the same time.

MacchaMan

I guess not, it’s just the way I make it sometimes…but rare because I get a little too hyper with my “super” concoction, I usually just make matcha “regular”

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I’ve been holding off on this. Cofftea is sure to comment. :)

I finally decided to try this. Since I’m not seasoned or have the correct Matcha Bowl or other alternatives I did the steep/strain method because I really didn’t want FLOATIES or texture to this.

It’s extremely cloudy/murky thick green…looks like (Split) PEA SOUP.

Smells like grass. Tastes about the same.

Can’t say as that I’m blown away but I certainly won’t give up on the stuff…just yet…

TeaEqualsBliss

Oh yes…I SHOULD mention…this was a packet on-the-go type…

Angrboda

I was given one of those on-the-go sort of things too in a swap once. My experience was pretty close to yours. It was just… green tea. Nothing special about it. I’m expecting, that when I do get to try it properly, there will be an enormous revelation, but I’m not really holding my breath.

Cofftea

Haha! Yep. That’s exactly what mom says- split pea soup. How do you steep and strain matcha? If done properly, it should ve a very smooth texture- no floaties. Grainy/chalky at worse. How much water did you use? Unfortunately Rishi only has “packet-on-the-go” type.

TeaEqualsBliss

Just thru a regular tea stainless steal strainer! LOL – Like I said…it’s all I had here at work. Seemed to work well…NO FLOATIES…still semi-chalky tho…

Less than 12-ounces of water.

Cofftea

Ah ok… yeah after I asked that I was wondering if I was confusion steeping for decanting- you said “steeping” so I normally associate decanting w/ steeping lol. I’ve never made this myself but I’d use 3-8oz. I emailed the cafe I had this at and asked what ratio they used.

TeaEqualsBliss

Yeah…I prob shouldn’t have used that phrase…sometimes I just say “Steep and Strain” it’s just because I like the way it rolls off the tongue, which in fast, I’m not really steeping!!! LOL – So…technically, I’m mis-speaking…bwahhhhhh!

Cofftea

Just heard back- the cafe I have it at uses 1 packet per 6oz water.

LENA

I think I sent this to you. Those packets are pretty crazy. Rishi also suggests pouring a packet into a bottle of water and shaking it up for “iced tea”. I can’t imagine that it would be very good. This isn’t something I would ever buy from them again.

TeaEqualsBliss

I THOUGHT it was the one you sent but kinda of forgot! LOL – Glad I tried it…I was pondering the water bottle thing…couldn’t do it tho! hahahaha

Cofftea

Matcha lemonade isn’t half bad… but I don’t really like cold matcha either. BOY DOES IT FOAM THOUGH! lol!

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MY 1st EXPERIENCE W/ MATCHA! I had this at a new cafe my mom and I tried for dinner last nite… AMAZING! light and a touch grassy topped w/ a light froth that did not collapse when my lips touched it much like cappuccino or beer foam does. There was a little bit of delicious grassy sludge as I lovingly called it that I washed down w/ just an extra spash of water. Lovely. My new addiction.

Angrboda

I’ve been curious about matcha for a while. Just a bit deterred by all the equipment I would need to get along with it. If I were to try something with as much tradition and ceremony attached to it, I’d want to do it right.
I’ll have to get around to it one of these days. You’ve made me mighty curious. (Hey, brainwave! I could put the lot on my christmas wishlist!)

Cofftea

Start by going to a resturaunt/tea room that serves it.

Angrboda

That’s mighty hard to find around these parts, unfortunately.

Jillian

@Cofftea, Did you try it sweetened or unsweetened?

@Angrboda, do they have Starbucks in Denmark? That was where I first tried matcha and even if they do sweeten their drinks too much, it might be a good starting point.

Angrboda

@ Jillian: Only in Copenhagen Airport as far as I know. We have a chain called Baresso which is up the same alley, but they’re very focused on coffee. They have only a few mainstream teas, and I’ve seen how they make those. Let’s just say that while I like their coffee drinks, even if they did have a matcha I’m too snobby to drink their teas.

@ Cofftea: The teamap only covers North America and the UK, so that would still require a wee bit of travelling. Good suggestion though.

Cofftea

@Jillian Sweetened matcha? And SBUX does NOT serve matcha. They use a sweetened matcha type powder for their green tea frappuccinos and lattes, but it’s not real matcha.

Cofftea

@Jillian, I double checked w/ the cafe and it was UNsweetened. Although it did taste slightly sweet. I can’t imagine why anyone would sweeten matcha…

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I’ve had this random single-serving packet of matcha that I got in some trade or other kicking around in my cupboard for awhile. I eventually figured out, based on the pictures, that this came from Rishi so I followed their hot matcha preparation recipe on their website which called for using 4-5 oz of 75°C water per packet of tea.

Let me say right away that this makes for a very concentrated cup of matcha. It was so bitter and grassy that I added a bunch of water after the fact. So in the end it was probably more like 6+ oz of water. Even with the extra water the tea in my bowl still looked murky and thick – I did manage to get it to froth up nicely even with my dinky little metal wisk, which thrilled me. But it kept its harsh, grassy flavour which made drinking it feel more like eating broccoli or something else that you know is ‘good for you’ but that you’re not really thrilled to be eating. Despite all my wisking it also left quite a lot of gritty residue at the bottom of the bowl which made the last few sips kind of nasty.

I find I’m not really impressed with Rishi’s take on this classic Japanese tea – I’ve cerainly had much better plain matcha prepared for me when I was in Vancouver. This matcha is better off used to make lattes or mixed into smoothies, in my opinion, rather than prepared the traditional way.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C
Cofftea

While I prefer using a good matcha for my smoothies… I agree. This is not one of them.

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I try and make this part of my morning ritual. After hearing about all the good it has, why not? Love it!

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I wasn’t able to write what I drank yestserday! I had a huge water bottle full of this – about 24oz. I love how quick it is to make since I was in a rush out this morning. I thought that using a lot of water with the matcha tasted better than using a little. Its very creamy and rich with almost a fishy scent. I’m not sure if I’m using the right words to describe it, but it was delicious!

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Drinking a cup of Matcha is a great way to start a slow morning.

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I start every morning off with this! Works like a charm =]

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