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Ceremonial Grade vs. Culinary Grade

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It is no secret that matcha is extremely powerful and beneficial to your body – both inside and out. Matcha comes in a powder form as opposed to the traditional tea bag or loose leaf because it maintains 100% of the nutrients in this manner.

While it serves as an alternate beverage to your daily cup of traditional tea or coffee, were you aware of the various grades of the stronger version of green tea?

The grade of the matcha powder depends on numerous factors, some including:

  • The quality of the color, density, fineness, and texture
  • Exposure level to oxygen
  • Leaf or Stem
  • Preceding handling
  • Method of grounding

Depending on the quality and processing methods, the matcha powder can be determined by one of the two grades – ceremonial or culinary.

What is Ceremonial Grade?

This traditional form of matcha tea can be dated back to being consumed by ancient Japanese monks and warriors. The ceremonial grade maintains the best and most superior quality green tea obtainable. The powder is created from carefully nurtured, young tea leaves that are then stone grounded to achieve a thicker texture.

One factor that allows the ceremonial grade to stand out is the vibrant, bright green color that is effortlessly distinguishable from other green tea powder grades. You should be greeted with a refreshingly sweet, yet mild taste with each sip. The aroma of the hot cup is tenderly received with a fresh smell with a slight hint of a grassy scent.

How Do I Prepare It?

The ceremonial grade matcha powder should be prepared with hot water and whisked. Other ingredients or sweeteners are not recommended to be mixed with this specific grade. You should have roughly half a teaspoon of ceremonial grade matcha powder for every 8 ounce cup of hot water. Whisking your concoction thoroughly is essential to achieving the best results.

We do not suggest utilizing this grade as an ingredient for cooking or baking. This specific grade will not improve and add to your dish and could, instead, make it taste worse because it is not intended to be used as an ingredient. There are other grades that are refined for cooking and baking purposes.

What is Culinary Grade?

It is perfectly fine to prepare culinary grade matcha the same way that ceremonial grade is prepared, as the quality is not any less than ceremonial. The only difference would be the slight flavor difference between the two grades. The most common use for culinary grade, however, is for cooking and baking. This type of matcha blends extremely well with other flavors, making it a diverse ingredient that can be used in a plethora of recipes. Culinary powder can be thrown into delicious beverages, such as lattes and green tea smoothies. It can also be found in baked goods, like cookies, brownies, or even cakes.

The taste of this specific grade can be described as less sweet than its counterpart and more on the bitter side, but the flavor stronger and more pronounced. Its appearance may not be as bright green as premium grade, but should maintain the grassy and fresh smell with an unmistakably green color.

The abundance of uses for culinary powder matcha powder allows for a multitude of sub-categories and more specific purposes catered to each use.

Specific Types of Culinary Grade Matcha Powder

1. Premium Culinary Grade

This versatile grade can serve as an ingredient to anything ranging from your daily matcha latte to your mid-day cookie snack. The diverse range of uses allows this grade to be an alternative to ceremonial grade, providing a flavorsome mix with a slightly differing taste. Premium grade maintains a delicate consistency that allows for effortless blending in water. While the color appears to be not as bright green as ceremonial grade, there is no loss of quality and satisfaction of consuming premium culinary grade matcha.

2. Classic Grade

If you’re looking for an economical, affordable matcha blend that maintains the high quality, classic grade is exactly what you’re looking for. This grade has a robust taste that allows for various uses, making it the perfect additive for any dish or beverage you decide to consume. Culinary classic grade is very common and more readily available than other matcha green teas. Overall, this is the go-to culinary grade ingredient for almost any dish, beverage, or even facial masks and scrubs!

3. Café Grade

Café grade, sometimes referred to as latte grade, is created with much stronger matcha leaves. This is among the higher end grade available due to its more distinguished and robust taste, therefore may cost a bit more. Nevertheless, this high-quality grade does the job perfectly for any dish or beverage you add it to. One can easily notice the exclusive shade of green with Café grade in comparison to other lower end grades. Overall, this grade of powder maintains a texture that mixes easily, providing the consumer with a variety of options ranging from your morning matcha latte to your afternoon matcha and mango shake.

The Bottom Line


It’s widely known that matcha green tea yields a wide variety of benefits to your body, but the different grades are more geared towards specific needs. If you want your typical hot tea in the morning, then ceremonial grade is your cup of tea! Feeling a nice matcha brownie for dessert? Then you’re going to want the premium culinary grade, the most versatile of all culinary grades. Matcha green tea masks that utilize the classic culinary grade are perfect for eliminating wrinkles and rinsing out your pores, providing a rejuvenating feeling right before bed time.

Ultimately, just remember that ceremonial grade is only consumed whisked with hot water, while the culinary grade can be used as an ingredient to a wide variety of beverages, dishes, and natural beauty enhancers!

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Matcha Face Masks and Hair Benefits

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Green Tea Matcha PowderGreen tea alone holds an abundant amount of nutrients that benefit your health in numerous ways.

Just when you think it couldn’t get better than that, we have the ultimate, next level form – Matcha.

It’s like normal, steeped green tea, but purer and on steroids.

The health benefits of matcha are out of this world, making it a must add to your daily routine. Not only does it benefit your internal system by providing antioxidents that fight cancer and other harmful toxins inside your body, but it also benefits your beauty.

The Beauty Benefits

Matcha green tea powder contains 100% of its nutrients because it is stone-ground from the actual leaf as opposed to other green tea leaves. It contains a rich amount of antioxidents, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and enyzmes that benefit your skin and makes your hair healthier.

Destroys Signs of Aging

No one likes old, wrinkled skin that makes you look older than you really are. You can heal your skin and make it look healthier and younger again.

If you have skin that has suffered from:

  • sun damage
  • wrinkles
  • age spots
  • or those pesky fine lines

…then Matcha powder may be the answer to your prayers.

The powder contains many organic substances including polyphenolic antioxidants. This helps eliminate free radicals and toxins from your skin that may be contributing to the damage and ultimately speeding up the aging process.

Green tea can block out UV rays and reduce the damage caused by the sun which results in the prevention of skin cancer.

A Rejuvenating Skin Toner

Is your skin often dry or contains blemishes?

The organic green tea powder is perfect for:

  • reducing large pores
  • drawing out your impurities
  • hydrating your skin
  • and overall providing your face with a healthy, radiant glow.

Obliterates Acne and Pimples

Matcha Green Tea Fights Acne

Got any blemishes or unsightly acne?

Don’t worry, matcha has got you covered!

Along with the numerous nutrients, one in particular, the catechin EGCG, is the perfect solution to fighting acne. Catechins counter-act the bacteria that causes pimples.

EGCG decreases the levels of IGF-1, which stimulates production of extra sebum and inflammation when it’s in high levels.

On top of that, catechins help keep your hormones under control and prevent hormonal imbalances, which is one of the main factors that contribute to acne.

The Solution: Simple Green Tea Face Mask

The Matcha Green Tea Face Mask is essential to those who are suffering from any of the problems above, or just skin problems in general. You benefit tremendously because the mask works to delays the signs of aging, exfoliate your skin and help clean out the toxins, hydrate your skin, and overall provide a refreshing feel for your skin.

It is honestly extremely easy to make and can be easily added to your evening routine right before you go to bed.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 teapsoon of Matcha Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Raw Honey
  • That’s all!

Instructions:

  1. Mix the honey and the matcha powder until the mixture has the consistency of paste.
  2.  Spread the paste, in ciruclar motions, over your face and neck
  3.  Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes
  4.  Wipe it off with a warm, wet washcloth

Repeat this every night for the next 1-2 months to find the best results.

DIY Matcha Face Mask

NOTE: If you’re looking for a kit, Jade Leaf has an amazing kit that has everything you need for the perfect face mask, including step-by-step, easy to follow, detailed instructions. You won’t need to search for any other ingredient and you may be get better and faster results

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Stimulates Hair Growth

First off, just drinking matcha green tea daily rejuvenates your hair and keeps it strong and Matcha Green Tea Hair Growthbeautiful.

Matcha green tea powder contains the catechins that have properties of fighting off DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), one of the most common culprits of hair loss.

On top of that, it has the benefits of accelerating hair growth and countering dandruff or dry scalp.

All green tea, but strongest with matcha, contains vitamins, such as Vitamin E and Vitamin C, which not only strengthens but heals and restores any hair that has been damaged. Vitamin C is especially useful for protection against sun damage. Antioxidants, like panthenol, reduce your split ends.

Here’s a remedy that you can use if you’re having hair problems:

  1. Wash your hair with shampoo
  2. Rinse your hair and add cool, whisked matcha green tea
  3. Leave the tea on your hair for about 8-10 minutes
  4. Rinse off with cool water

Do this for about 3 times every week for the next 2-3 months.

You will find that your hair is much more stronger and beautiful than ever!

The Bottom Line

The purest, organic form of green tea – matcha, is an all around healthy, natural beverage that tastes amazing and provides benefits for both inside your system AND out! The organic tea powder is perfect for your skin as contains substances that fights off and neutralizes toxins and harmful cancer-causing substances on your skin. It protects your skin from aging effects such as wrinkles or UV ray sun damage. Acne is no match for matcha powder as it completely decimates any blemish on your skin. The matcha face mask is your solution to feeling refreshed, rejuvinated, and most importantly, beautiful.

Not only does it help with your skin, but it also has benefits for your hair. Washing your hair with matcha powder strengthens your hair and provides it with a shiny, more voluptuous look. Not to mention it’s ability to protect from sun damage and prevent and heal those pesky split ends!

Matcha powder is absolutely essential to those who are looking for an all-around healthy beverage, face mask, and shampoo, to help you both inside your body and out!

The BEST Matcha Powder For Skin and Hair

Premium Culinary Grade Matcha Green TeaI would advise against tradiitional grade tea as it is typically utilized for drinking as a traditional hot tea. While you still may be able to use it, Jade Leaf Matcha offers Premium Culinary Grade Matcha. This is for cooking, baking, lattes, smoothies, and appliance on skin and hair! 

Enjoy the face mask and keep sippin’ that delish matcha green tea! 

 

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3 MUST Try Matcha Recipes

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While Matcha is an absolute powerhouse filled nutrients in a cup of green tea, it also makes for the perfect ingredient to your favorite dessert or dish. It’s refreshing and delicious taste will provide a pleasant surprise for many consumers.

It’s also an added bonus that almost anything it touches will turn into a shade of green, making matcha the perfect additive to your creative concoctions!

Green Tea CookiesGreen Tea and White Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of matcha green tea powder (culinary grade matcha green tea powder)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F or 165° C for 15 minutes. Use your preferred parchment paper or any other baking sheets
  2. Sift together the flour, matcha, baking soda, and salt all in one bowl
  3.  In a seperate bowl, mix the brown sugar, butter, and white sugar together until it is blended, then mix in the vanilla extract, egg, and egg yolk till the consistency is light and creamy
  4. Mix the flour blend into the creamed butter mixture until the dough is just blended
  5. Fold in the white chocolate chips with a wooden spoon
  6. Drop the cookie dough onto the baking sheets about 2 inches apart (each piece of cookie dough should be a generous 1 tablespoon per cookie)
  7. Bake it for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges are slightly browned.
  8. Let the cookies cool on the wire rack for 2-3 minutes, then take them out.
  9. Let the cookies cool for another 20-25 minutes
  10. Enjoy your new batch of matcha green tea cookies!

The white chocolate chip matcha cookies make for the perfect treat at any gathering or event. It is the perfect ice breaker to introducing the other recipes and health benefits of the green tea leaf on steroids!

Matcha Green Tea Layered Cake

Ingredients include:

  • 1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flourMatcha Green Tea Cake
  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of matcha powdered green tea
  • 2 teaspoons of matcha powder
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 ounce package of softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of milk
  • 1 1/4 cups of white sugar
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

Baking Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F or 175°C for 15 minutes. Grease and flour 2 – 9 inch round pans. Sift together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking soda, salt, and green tea powder; set aside.
  2. Mix sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl until its smooth.
  3. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat in the flour blend alternately along with the yogurt, mixing just until incorporated.
  4. Pour the cake batter into your pans.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes. Let the cake cool on wire rack for about 30 minutes before turning it out of the pans.
  6. For the Green Tea Frosting: Sift the confectioners’ sugar and green tea powder together. In a medium bowl, mix in tea mixture with butter, cream cheese, vanilla and milk. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  7. When the cakes are cooled down, put one of the layers on a flat serving plate. Spread a thin layer of frosting over it. Place the other layer of cake on top, and spread frosting to cover the top and sides of cake. You can add some sprinkles of any remaining green tea powder. It’s best served cold or at room temperature.

This is one cake that you won’t feel guilty about! The beauty of creating cakes with matcha powder is that there is the benefit of making it extremely customizable to any event or gathering. Don’t forget to make it look pretty for an added bonus of mouth-watering guests.

Mango Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
  • 1/2 cup of mango

Directions

  1. Mix everything except the avocado in a blender and proceed to blend it for about a minute, or until everything is undoubtedly blended
  2. Add the avocado and proceed until it has a creamy consistency, however if you find that is too creamy for your liking add some extra water or even almond milk
  3. Enjoy!

This smoothie is hands-down one of the absolute best beverages you can drink. Everyone loves a smoothie that actually tastes really good and provides so many nutrients and health benefits that you won’t ever want to stop drinking it! I highly recommend drinking this smoothie after a work out with a tablespoon of protein powder (even without is fine), or even on a hot, sunny day out on the porch or poolside enjoying the beautiful scenery.

If you have any suggestions of matcha recipes, any questions, or concerns, feel free to leave them down in the comments and stay tuned as it may get published on the next blog post!

The Go-To Matcha Powder for Baking

Jade Leaf Matcha

The best powder to add to your meals and desserts would be Jade Leaf’s Premium Culinary Grade Matcha. It is specifically made to cater to your baking, smoothie, latte, or cooking needs.

This matcha will provide you with the highest quality tastes that will make you crave for it after each bite.

It is simply irresistable!

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What Is Matcha?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that green tea is a great source of natural What Is Matcha?substances that benefit your well being in numerous different ways. Did you think it could get better than that?

Neither did I, until I asked the same question that you asked yourself, “What Is Matcha?”

Not your usual green tea

Originating from Japan, “Matcha” is literally translated into powdered tea – from “ma“, or powdered, “cha“, or tea.

These special green tea leaves are farmed and prepared differently from traditional green tea. It must be preserved in the dark to maintain the chlorophyll for a deeper flavor and provides an overall higher quality tea.

There has been concern of contaminants, such as lead, found in organic tea leaves in China and some parts of Japan, such as radiation. It is important to research your preferred super green tea thoroughly before purchase.

What Is Matcha Tea?We only recommend pure organic matcha green tea farmed far away from Japan’s nuclear plants and ensure that it maintains the utmost quality of filtration, but only after it is warranted that there are no contaminants present in the first place.

Filtration should only be a precautionary measure to guarantee the highest quality matcha green tea.

When regular green tea is made, it loses some of its nutritients in the process. Since it is made from the whole tea leaf and turned into powder, you maintain 100% of its nutritional value. Ten cups of regular steeped green tea is the nutritional equivalent of one cup of matcha green tea powder.

Perfect Coffee Alternative

The specialized green tea powder contains a generous amount of caffeine, enough to replace your favorite morning coffee.

On top of that, it tends to give a sense of “alert calm” among those who consume the green tea from an amino acid called L-theanine. This counteracts the jitters and “wired” feeling that coffee gives you, perfect for your daily routine. Essentially, the natural substance induces the consumer into a relaxed, calm state without lethargy.

Moreover, check out the other health benefits of drinking matcha green tea, including their abundant source of antioxidents, minerals, vitamins, and more.

You really can’t go wrong with changing your day-to-day drink to this refreshing, delicious beverage.

Serves as an Ingredient

Organic Green Tea Matcha RecipesMatcha isn’t only a health boosting beverage, but also an amazing additive to some of your favorite dishes.

The specialized green tea powder can be incorporated into baked goods such as  brownies, cookies, or muffins.

Here are some other matcha recipes that you can try out for yourself. Go ahead and experiment with these dishes and leave us a comment about how it went and whether you enjoyed the meal or dessert.

Final Thoughts

Organic matcha green tea is the healthiest, highest quality green tea available on the market right now. It’s no wonder ancient monks in Japan utilized this tea for meditation and for its high potency health benefits. It is the best of the best of all green tea and holds ten times the amount of regular green tea nutritional value and benefits in a single cup.

One of the higher quality matcha green tea powders that we recommend is Jade Leaf Matcha. They have ensure both quality and taste when it comes to their tea, especially the Premium Ceremonial Grade. This is the perfect tea for those who enjoy the traditional hot tea. If you’d like to read my review on Jade Leaf’s, check it out right here.

Enjoy!

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4 Health Benefits Of Drinking Matcha Tea

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As part of Japanese custom, this organic matcha tea is the best quality powdered green tea accessible.Benefits of Organic Green Tea Matcha

For over a thousand years, this natural remedy has been consumed in the East Asia, and is currently thought to be a standout amongst the highest quality nourishments available.

One cup of matcha is 10 times more nutritionally superior than one cup of normally brewed green tea.

Matcha tea is the perfect way to boost health benefits in your daily diet. 

What Are The Benefits?

Energy Booster

1g of this super green tea contains about 34g of caffeine, or 1/3 of a cup of coffee. However, it also contains an abundant amount of amino acids. One in particular, L-theanine, helps lead the consumer to a state of calm attentiveness. Therefore, they aren’t bombarded with the  jitters or crashes like after drinking coffee.

The reason this happens is because coffee hits the body with a ton of caffeine immediately in an extraordinary quantity. Its natural counterpart, on the other hand, provides the person who drinks it with the same instantaneous boost, but instead, it lasts over time. The typical time period can vary from 3 to about 6 or even 7 hours.

Japanese monks and ancient warrior samurais would consume matcha on a regular basis because of the relaxed, yet focused state that would overcome them. These ancient people are revered for being some of the most disciplined and mentally trained in all of history. Their knowledge and lifestyle is something we should take note of in the modern time of processed and unnatural foods.

Calorie Burner 

Organic matcha is very concentrated in nutrients and antioxidents since you are consuming the pure leaf. Therefore, matcha is a great source of boosting your metabolism and burning those calories. In fact, the organic tea leaf can increase one’s metabolic rate by a maximum of 40%.

Looking deeper into it, EGCG, or epigallocatechin gallate, is one of the pushing factors of the significant burning of calories. This catechin specifically ceases the production of fat cells and speeds up metabolism.

Another effect of EGCG is its ability to help you control ymatcha green tea health benefitsour hunger, which in turn, helps you deflect those empty calories and extra midday cravings. The actual science behind what seems to be “magic” is the fact that EGCG can lower your glucose levels. Glucose is one of the mitigating factors that causes you to feel hungry.

Combine this powerful aspect of the organic green tea variant with daily exercise and a healthy diet to further increase the possible benefits. Studies show that drinking matcha green tea right before working out increased fat burning by a whopping 25% during the work out.

Cancer Fighter

If you though EGCG was a magical calorie-burning catichen, you’re in for a surprise. EGCG also has the ability to fight off cancer. Daily consumption can rejuvenate and retain your body’s overall health and well-being. How? The catichens found in matcha, in addition to EGCG, all help to shield and prevent damage to DNA. In addition, it also helps the slow down or even cease the creation of tumors.

The specialized green tea variant has 400% more catechins than regular steeped green tea. That means the health benefits pack a harder punch than normal green tea, considering it’s the more concentrated, pure version of the leaf. Since EGCG makes up around 60% of catechins, what are the other 40%? What do they do? The remaining 40% are potent antioxidants prevent the effects of radiation, chemicals, UV rays, the production of cancer cells, and other factors that contribute to cell damage.

For those who already have cancer and are going through the chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, matcha also contributes to the recovery process and stimulating healthy cells. The therapeutic calm state that comes over you is a helpful bonus, as well.

Matcha Green Tea DetoxDetoxify-er

When you brew normal green tea, you only benefit from some of the nutrients. With matcha tea, you reap the benefits of the purest form and actual leaf. You’re able to take advantage of it’s minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, and all of the essentials to detox yourself.

Scientists suspect that free radicals have the ability harm your body and speed up the aging process. In addition, they can also contribute heavily to dangerous health problems such as heart disease.

The “super” green tea has an abundant source of chlorophyll because it is grown in a shading process. With more chlorophyll, it can neutralize toxic cancer-causing substances such as the dangerous free radicals and mutagens, which are capable of mutating and altering genes.

Magnesium is also an abundant mineral found in the organic matcha tea. Many people are lacking in this mineral considering all of the processed foods that are easily available to us consumers nowadays. It is responsible for producing energy in cells, which is essential to the detoxification process.

The Bottom Line

Matcha contains EGCG, the power house catechin that is only found exclusively in green tea. It is a huge benefactor to your body as it serves as both a calorie burner and an effective cancer fighter.

Then, we have L-theanine, one of the main amino acids that provides the famous effect of “calmed focus” in matcha ever since the time of the ancient Japanese monks. The mighty amino acid also brings the energy booster aspect to the table that competes with coffee. Matcha is known as the coffee alternative because it gives you the energy that you need, without the “wired” or “jumpy” feeling that coffee has. In addition, the caffeine boost lasts for a long period of time, as opposed to the coffee which hits the consumer all at once.

Finally, matcha is equipped with an abundant amount of chlorophyll, which is essential to fighting the cancer-causing substances such as free radicals. In chlorophyll, we can find magnesium, which stimulates the energy production in cells.

Add Specialized Japanese Matcha Green Tea to your daily routine!

Premium Ceremonial Grade Organic MatchaProceed with a healthy lifestyle and reap the benefits of pure, all-natural matcha!

==> Read My Full Jade Leaf Ceremonial Grade Review Here

This green tea offers one of the highest quality and tastes on the market. Consumers absolutely love everything about it – from the aroma when you open the bag to the pleasant sweet taste. If you want to start your healthier lifestyle, give it a shot. I think you’ll be satisfied with the results.

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