IT’S NO SECRET THAT HIS & HERS LOVES A GOOD CUPPA. ORDINARILY A NICE YORKSHIRE OR ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA IS THE PINNACLE OF OUR CAFFEINE-RELATED ASPIRATIONS. BUT RECENTLY WE’VE BEEN MIXING THINGS UP A BIT WITH MATCHA TEA.
Matcha tea has been the buzz word on every nutritionists’ lips and Kanuka, a new British tea emporium, are growing in fame for their delicious Matcha Tea, which is sourced from a small eco-run farm in Shizuoka, Japan.
Kanuka owner John Hesler said: “It’s the product of many hours of love, and many years of skill. This ceremony grade Matcha is the absolute best found during our travels.”
Matcha is most prized for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant, which are only found when using the whole leaf.
Catechins have been linked to helping fight cancer, viruses and heart disease, and Matcha Tea contains three times more of the catechins called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than other kinds of standard green tea.
A daily cup of the green stuff may also promote cell strength, increase fat loss, speed physical recovery after workouts and boost immunity. With just 24–39mg of caffeine per cup, it is significantly less caffeinated than its sister Green Tea and of course, coffee too.
Kanuka’s Matcha starter kit includes a 40g pouch of Kanuka Japanese Matcha tea powder, a traditional matcha whisk, a bamboo measuring scoop and a beautiful, traditional Matcha bowl- everything you need to perform a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and introduce Matcha into your daily routine.
While you’re preparing your Matcha tea, it’s a time to relax, unwind and take yourself away from the worries of the day.
To serve one
In your bowl, mix half a level teaspoon in to a paste using around 40mls of cold water. – Whisk (ideally with a bamboo chasen) in an ‘M’ shape until frothy. Heat another 150mls of water to around 70°C, stir in to the paste and drink immediately. To make a latte, replace the water with your milk of choice, adding a dash of honey.
Available at: www.kanukatea.com
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