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This post first appeared on Piping Rock. All content is theirs. 
 
Matcha Green Tea is all the rage these days. It's found in most cafe's and baristas in all different forms. Many Caffeine lovers are ditching their daily Javas and hopping on the Matcha Train. So, what's the appeal?
 
Green Tea has been popular for centuries but Matcha is a new way to enjoy. It's all in the preparation. Unlike the traditional form, Matcha preparation involves covering the tea with cloths before harvesting. This style of preparation is used to support flavor, texture, and nutrition of the plant. For some, this doesn't matter much, but seasoned Tea drinkers notice the difference.
 

What is Matcha Green Tea?

This Powdered Green Tea is made from ground Tea Leaves. Its unique covering process is what makes it different than the traditional form. After a few weeks of being shaded, the leaves are dried and then turned into a fine powder through a unique oxidation process. This fine powder has a unique and balanced taste. It tastes mildly herbaceous with a subtle tinge of sweetness. Perfect for anyone with an appreciation for herbal flavor.
 

Not your Ordinary Green Tea:

Many would argue that there is some benefit to choosing Matcha Green Tea over typically brewed tea. Louise Cheadle, co-author of The Book of Matcha, offers an interesting analogy on the matter. She draws a comparison between brewing Tea and cooking Spinach.
 
"Drinking brewed Green Tea is a bit like boiling spinach, throwing away the spinach and just drinking the water. You will get some of the nutrients, but you're throwing away the best bit." With Matcha you're drinking the whole Tea Leaves.  The distinct difference in preparation proves that it isn't simply your ordinary Tea. But is it good for you?
 
 

Benefits of Matcha:

If you're an intelligent consumer, you are always looking out for a fad trend. Matcha isn't one of these fading products without value here's why...
 
Aside from its undeniable palatability, it's equally nutritious. It's often touted by nutritionists for its unique plant properties. Matcha contains a host of beneficial Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutrients. The most notable being EGCG, Theanine, Chlorophyll and other valuable antioxidants.
 
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3 Delicious Ways to enjoy Matcha: 

1. Matcha Pumpkin Seed Latte:

Ingredients:
 
Directions:
Combine Pumpkin Seeds, Matcha, Water, Dates Coconut Butter, Vanilla and Salt. Blend for 1 to 2 minutes until creamy. Strain the Pumpkin Seeds and pour into a glass jug. Properly refrigerate before serving.
 

2. Matcha Frosting:

Ingredients:
  • 1 Avocado, Seed Removed.
  • A handful of Baby Spinach.
  • Half Cup of Frozen Mango.
  • Half a Lime, Juiced.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Organic Maple Syrup.
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Yogurt.
  • 1/4 Cup of Organic Coconut Oil.
 
Directions:
Combine frosting ingredients into a high-speed blender for 1-2 minutes for a smooth consistency. Store in the refrigerator until served. Great for delicious baked goods like Doughnuts, Cake and Brownie Recipes!
 
 

3. Matcha Dark Chocolate Bars:

Ingredients:
 
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a Food Processor and blend until completely mixed. Take the contents out of the Food Processor once it is thick. Place on Parchment Paper and craft into a rectangular bar form about one inch thick. Refrigerate for a few hours before cutting into the desired shape. Sprinkle Matcha Powder on top of bars as desired for an ornate finishing touch!
 
 
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Other Herbal Teas 

It's evident that Matcha is indeed a Nutritious form of Tea. Looking for other flavors to expand your palette? There are so many other unique Herbal Teas to spice up your afternoon with.
 
Each has its own properties based on its geographical origin. What's our favorite? Below are a few that can't go unrecognized:
 
Piping Rock carries an extensive assortment of over 40 Herbal Tea Blends that are a great nutritious addition to your supplement regimen. All are derived from the freshest herb sources.
 
From Caffeinated to Non-Caffeinated, Oolong Tea, Green Tea and everyone's favorite Matcha, we have the key to your everyday pick-me-up!
 
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