Love green tea but looking to mix up your favourite cup? Well, you’ve just found your perfect Matcha! Traditionally used as an integral part of formal Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha is a form of green tea that’s become something of a trendy flavour in recent years, popping up in everything from cakes and ice creams to lattes and milkshakes. Which is all very Instagram friendly, but we’re here to talk tea. Vivid green, bright and with an umami packed oomph of clean, grassy flavours, Matcha is essentially a finely powdered version of regular green tea. It comes from the very delicately ground chlorophyll-rich leaves of specially shaded tea shrubs. Packing a little more of a savoury umami hit than your typical green tea flavour, Matcha makes a wonderful place to start for tea adventurers looking to explore the greener end of the tea spectrum.
Matcha tea benefits
- A fresh tasting way to meet your recommended daily fluid intake.1
- Matcha Green Tea contains flavonoids. Clever compounds naturally found in plant-based food such as fruits and vegetables that may help keep your cardiovascular system healthy.2
- Not only that, there are more natural flavonoids in just one cup of Lipton Matcha Green Tea than in three cups of fresh orange juice (of course orange juice is packed full of vitamin C and other great nutrients).3
- A zero calorie beverage when consumed without milk and sugar.
- Was used by Buddhist Monks to focus during meditation, helping them become alert and present in the moment.
Tea time ideas
Traditionally prepared and drunk as part of Japanese tea ceremonies, nowadays Matcha green tea has under gone a bit of a boom in popularity, and its vivid green colour and cleansing flavour has appeared in a whole host of food and drink formats.
We like to keep things simple though, and think that with its revitalising taste, Matcha’s perfect for a moment of pause to reenergise.. It’s lovely bright flavour also pairs well with sweet citrus fruits, like grapefruit and melon—great for a fresh and healthy fruit salad mid-afternoon snack.
Getting the best from your brew
Is there any prettier tea than the emerald green brightness of a freshly brewed Matcha? It’s as much of a treat for the eyes as it is for the taste buds. To get the full benefits of Matcha tea, we recommend letting it brew in slightly cooled boiled water for 1.5 – 2 minutes, this should give it a tinge of haziness and a fresh, bright flavour with a hint of characteristic umami. And it can be enjoyed hot or cold!
1EFSA recommends 2L and 2.5L fluid intake per day for women and men, respectively
2Unilever proprietary data. Flavonoid content has been calculated using the USDA database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods, Release 3.1 (May 2014) (NDB No. 09206). A cup of Lipton Green Tea and fresh orange juice is 8 fluid ounces
- Green Tea contains approximately 276 mg per 200 ml of flavonoids
3Based on USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods, Release 3.1 (June 2013) NDB No. 14653
based on a daily consumption of at least 500 mg of flavonoids per day, 2 cups of Green Tea per day, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.