You know a tea is good when it's been a part of Chinese Buddhist monk ceremonies for more than a thousand years.1 Because Buddhist monks live in monasteries or temples, for centuries benefits of ceremonial grade Matcha were unknown to the larger population. In fact, it wasn't until about the 14th or 16th century that people in Japan started incorporating Matcha powder grades into their ceremonies.
Matcha Tea Grades
So, why are people talking about pure Matcha premium ceremonial grade Matcha? We're going to share details about that in this Herbal Goodness article. But, first let's look at the different Matcha grades, including Matcha powder grades. To start, ceremonial grade Matcha is a premium Matcha. It's the highest quality Matcha that you can get.
It's this type of top grade Matcha that we source and manufacture at Herbal Goodness. In fact, all of our Matcha products, including our Graviola Matcha and our Matcha Green Tea Powder, are fully organic Japanese premium quality. This is just one example of our commitment to protect Mother Earth and provide non-GMO organic products that support healthy living.
More About Matcha Tea Grades
Although all Matcha tea grades offer benefits, they are different. Keep reading to learn about the additional benefits and information on ceremonial grade Matcha and other Matcha grades:
- Ceremonial Grade Matcha - Leaves from the ceremonial grade are first harvest leaves. They're tender to the touch. Simply by adding hot water to ceremonial grade Matcha leaves, you can get a robust tea flavor.
- Premium Matcha Tea - You might hear this tea referred to as latte grade Matcha or cafe grade Matcha. Often thought to be one level down from ceremonial grade Matcha, this grade can be enjoyed as a latte without needing sugar. Drink this grade with hot water and you may want to add sugar to balance out any bitterness.
- Culinary Grade Matcha Powder - Considered third of the Matcha tea grades, the culinary grade is made with older Matcha leaves. It's this agedness in the leaves that gives culinary grade Matcha powder tea a more pungent or bitter taste than the other two grades.
Benefits of Ceremonial Grade Matcha
Now that you know about the different Matcha tea grades, let's explore benefits of ceremonial grade Matcha. One of the main benefits of drinking ceremony grade Matcha is that the tea can boost energy.2 Although Matcha has caffeine, it may not cause the same rush or charge that coffee does.3 And, that's because ceremony grade Matcha has L-theanine, an amino acid. Ceremony grade Matcha also has flavonoids or phenolics. In fact, the best ceremonial Matcha has high concentrations of the amino acid and phenolic.
Also, L-theanine and flavonoids found in the best ceremonial Matcha may support relaxation. Other antioxidants in Matcha are catechins. Here are more benefits of ceremonial grade Matcha:
- Improved productivity due to the fact that your energy levels are better supported
- More mental clarity and improved ability to focus or pay attention
- Supports healthier cholesterol
- Healthy bone support, especially as it regards strengthening bones, even as you age
- Increased physical activity - This is a byproduct of the combination of improved energy and stronger bones
To enjoy these benefits and start drinking the best ceremonial Matcha, make sure that you get organic ceremonial grade Matcha. As with other health food products, check to see that Matcha teas are grown in non-GMO soil.
Getting Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha
At Herbal Goodness, we want to share ways to tell that products labeled as healthy foods are indeed organic or grown in non-GMO soil. First, look for food labels that show the products are 100% organic, just like our Matcha products are.
The best healthy food products may also have "Non-GMO Project Verified" on their labels.4 You'll find that label with HerbalGoodness products. In fact, our founder Dr. Unoma Okorafor, started HerbalGoodness because she wanted to source and provide the best, high-quality superfoods.
Another commitment that HerbalGoodness is founded on is giving back to the community. That's why HerbalGoodness gives up to 10% of its profits to the non-profit (WAAW) Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Women Foundation. Click here to get HerbalGoodness, 100% organic, non-GMO Matcha products. https://www.herbalgoodnessco.com/collections/matcha-products
- Chicago Tribune. The Best Matcha Tea. Lauren Corona. Published November 14, 2019. Accessed May 8, 2020.
- Healthline. Drink A Cup Of Matcha Tea Every Morning To Boost Energy And Focus. Tiffany LaForge. Accessed May 8, 2020.
- Women's Health. Eight Benefits Of Matcha Tea That Will Make You Want To Drink It Everyday. Marissa Gainsberg. Published 22, 2019. Accessed May 8, 2020.
- Down To Earth. Ways To Avoid Genetically Modified Food. Tandis Bishop. Accessed May 8, 2020.