Clearspring Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder (Ceremonial Grade) 40g
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a finely milled vibrant green tea powder made from the highest quality Japanese tea leaves. Clearspring Organic Ceremonial Matcha comes from Uji, a region high in the hills around Kyoto, renowned for producing the best Japanese teas. Only accessibly by foot, this remote area is unpolluted and rich in friendly bugs such as spiders, ladybirds, praying mantis and dragonflies to keep the pests under control (best to use organic matcha as non-organic matcha is grown using excessive amounts of agricultural fertilisers and pesticides). Shade grown for the final few months to allow the leaves to fill with chlorophyll, the finest young tea buds are picked, dried and ground in a granite mortar.
History of Matcha
Matcha is finely ground green tea leaf powder and is the most prized amongst Japanese teas. It has been drunk as part of the tea ceremony for 900 years as well as by Buddhist monks during long days of meditation.
Different grades of Matcha
Growing conditions, time of harvest and processing techniques have a direct effect on the grade and final flavour of the Matcha:
Ceremonial grade Matcha uses the finest, smallest shade grown leaves from the very tip of the tea bush - giving it a very vibrant green colour and a slightly sweet, smooth flavour.
Premium grade Matcha is ideal for both drinking and home baking, can add unique flavour and incredible colour to food and drink recipes.
Basic grade Matcha is slightly bitter, less expensive and is generally only used for cooking.
High-grade Organic Uji Matcha products are cultivated under the diligent management of Clearspring's tea master Juro Okuda. The tea bushes are covered with cloths for as long as possible to produce leaves of a deep green colour. It is very difficult to grow organic matcha; one must fight against both bugs and diseases. Harmful insects can appear because of small climate changes threatening the tea crop. For this reason, it is essential to manage the cultivation in a way that places primary importance on the natural ecosystem.
Ceremonial and Premium grades of Matcha are ground in stone mortars for many hours. This creates a unique light smoothness that is perfect for drinking.
About the brand
Clearspring is a family-owned business and for over 25 years we have been committed to pioneering authentic Japanese specialities and organic fine foods.
We are proud to bring to you our award-winning range that is enjoyed and appreciated around the world.
Our core belief is that everyone should have access to quality organic food to eat well.
Our products make a valuable contribution to sustainable agriculture, by supporting organic farmers and artisan food producers.
Through enriching the soil and caring for the eco-system, we are protecting the world that we pass on to our children.
From the humble beginnings of Japanese miso soup, to over 260 products today, our range continues to grow.
We are continuously inspired to bring diversity, innovation and the art of wellness through food to our offering.
All our products have a distinctive flavour, made with authentic recipes and by traditional methods.
We never use any artificial additives or add refined sugars.
Our passion is to show you just how delicious and abundant a plant-based diet can be, not only how it tastes, but also how it keeps us healthy and thriving.