Bartechco is proud to bring you Matcha directly from the garden's of Japan through our partner in Kyoto. Please click on this link to order and get your fresh matcha shipped to your doorstep. ( We do not sell this product directly from our site to ensure freshness and quality is maintained)
Why is Matcha tea more expensive than other green teas?
Japanese teas are more expensive than teas from other countries. This is because Japan is a small nation, and it only exports a minute amount of its tea. That means that matcha production is limited. Covering the tea plants stresses them, so they cannot be harvested again for a longer period of time. Matcha is also labor intensive because many farmers pick the leaves completely by hand. After the harvest, the production is likewise an intensive process, including steaming, drying, de-stemming, sorting, grinding and packaging. Each stone grinder produces only about 40 grams of matcha in an hour.
Matcha has always been a Japanese tea made by artisans in small amounts, so it has been an expensive drink for nearly 800 years.
The pricing of Matcha in Japan is directly related to which leaves are used, where they were grown, and who grew them. The priciest Matcha has the greenest color and the softest texture. This means that only the youngest leaves were used, and that all the coarse fibers were removed.
Does Matcha have caffeine?
Yes. Matcha is a type of green tea, and it contains caffeine. For comparison, an average cup of coffee has 70-75 grams of caffeine, while matcha contains about 30 grams. Interestingly, Matcha is both a stimulant and a relaxant, so it can help you stay alert and focused on your work or play, and it can also help you calm yourself for meditation.
How is Matcha prepared?
The history of Matcha utensils is as old as the Japanese Tea Ceremony itself. Traditional utensils include a bamboo whisk, a tea sifter, a ceramic tea bowl, and a tea scoop. If you must choose only one, we recommend starting with a bamboo whisk, which froths the tea in the bowl and brings out its flavors.
How do I store Matcha?
Matcha is sensitive to light, humidity, and oxygen, so it must be stored carefully and used quickly once its container has been opened. Store your Matcha in our air-tight, light-proof container. If not opened, you can store the Matcha in the refrigerator.
Once opened, use the entire container within 1-2 months for maximum freshness and best taste.