The magic of Matcha
Exploring the traditional Japanese green tea Matcha, a vibrant and nutrient-rich powdered green tea, has been captivating the world with its unique flavour and numerous health benefits.

Originating from Japan, matcha is more than just a beverage; it’s an integral part of Japanese culture and tradition. At Izakaya
Midori, we pride ourselves on offering high-quality matcha, providing an authentic and invigorating experience for our customers. In this article, we’ll explore the history, benefits, and
various ways to incorporate matcha into your daily routine.

The history of matcha:
Matcha has its roots in the Tang dynasty of China (618-907 AD),
where tea leaves were steamed and shaped into bricks for easy transport. In the 12th century, Japanese Buddhist monk Eisai brought the powdered tea production method to Japan. Over time, Japan refined the technique and developed the tea ceremony, known as “chanoyu” or “sado,” where matcha plays a
central role. Today, matcha is celebrated not only in Japan but
worldwide, for its healthy properties and unique flavour.

Health benefits matcha is known for its numerous health benefits, which include:

  1. Rich in antioxidants: Matcha contains a large amount of catechins, a type of antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body, reducing the risk of chronic diseases
  2. Boosts energy and focus: Unlike coffee, matcha provides a slower and sustained release of energy, thanks to the combination of caffeine and L-theanine, which also enhances concentration and mental focus.
  3.  Natural detox: The high levels of chlorophyll in matcha help detoxify the body by eliminating toxins and heavy metals.
  4. Strengthens the immune system: The catechins in matcha have antibacterial and antiviral properties, which help strengthen the immune system.
  5. Aids in weight loss: Matcha can increase calorie burning and promote weight loss by speeding up metabolism.

How to prepare matcha:
Preparing matcha is an art that can be easily mastered with practice and attention to detail. Here’s a simple guide to making a perfect cup of matcha:

  1. Choose the right quality: Use high-quality matcha, such as ceremonial grade, for the best flavour and benefits.
  2. Necessary utensils: Have a chasen (bamboo whisk), a chawan (tea bowl), and a chashaku (bamboo spoon) on hand.
  3. Measure properly: Place 1-2 teaspoons of matcha in the chawan.
  4. Add water: Add a small amount of hot (not boiling) water and mix to form a smooth paste, avoiding lumps.
  5.  Mix well: Add more hot water and use the chasen to quickly whisk in “W” motions until a light foam forms on top.
  6. Enjoy: Drink immediately and savor the refreshing taste and benefits.

Incorporating matcha into daily diet:
In addition to the traditional cup of matcha, there are many other ways to incorporate this superfood into your daily diet:

Smoothies: Add a teaspoon of matcha to your smoothies for an energy boost and antioxidants.
Desserts: Use matcha in cake, cookie, and ice cream recipes for a touch of flavour and vibrant colour.
Breakfast: Mix matcha into oatmeal, yoghurt, or açai bowls to start the day with energy.

Matcha is a nutritional wonder that combines flavour, tradition, and health benefits. At Izakaya Midori, we are committed to bringing the best matcha experience to our customers, honouring Japanese tradition and celebrating modern benefits.

Come visit us and discover the magic of matcha for yourself.

Immerse in the colour, flavour, and health that each cup of matcha provides.