Got questions about Just Matcha and matcha green tea? Since this is a relatively new product to hit South Africa, we have had a lot of questions from our customers. We have compiled the most frequently asked questions below so that you can find answers as quickly as possible.
If one of the questions listed below is a question that you have asked, click on it to reveal the answer!
How do I place my order?
It's super easy to order matcha tea from our online store. This is all you need to do:
• Find the product you want to order and click on it, such as our Matcha Superior.
• When you land on the product page, click the "Add to Cart" button
• The product will be added to your shopping cart and you will be directed to the cart page to review it's contents.
• You can navigate away and carry on shopping, or if you have all you need just click "Checkout"
• You will be taken through our secure checkout where you will be asked for your delivery & payment details so that we can get your matcha to your door!
• Your matcha will arrive within about 1 week from the time you place it.
• Whisk up your matcha and enjoy!
How do I know I will get my order?
This is a common concern for many ordering online for the first time. All we can do is reassure you that we are an honest group of people who are passionate about matcha tea and just want to share it with other South Africans since it is not easy to find in the country.
We are also passionate about ecommerce and have gone to great lengths to ensure that our online store is 100% secure and as easy as possible to use, no matter whether it is your desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone that you are using to shop with us!
How good is your matcha?
We are proud to say that Just Matcha stocks the highest grade of matcha available in South Africa. We also offer lower grades for those who are interested in trying it out but do not necessarily want to pay for the best quality on offer.
Where is your shop?
Just Matcha is currently an online store only. As such we have no physical store that you can buy our tea from. However, we will deliver your matcha right to your door at no additional cost within South Africa.
How Do I Make Matcha?
It is very simple and satisfying to make a cup of Matcha. The best cup is made using one of our bamboo whisks. Here are the instructions:
1. Place 2 bamboo spoons or half a flat teaspoon of Matcha in a Matcha Chawan (tea bowl) or tea cup.
2. Add a little water that has been brought to just under a boil and whisk the Matcha powder into the water to form a paste. Make sure there are no lumps remaining.
3. Add about 300 ml of water and whisk vigorously until a creamy green froth forms. Add honey or natural sweetener, if you wish.
4. Enjoy straight from your Chawan or tea cup!
Here is a video on how to make a perfect cup of Matcha tea.
How Many Cups Of Matcha Will 40g Make?
To make a cup of Matcha tea you will only need approximately 1 gram of powder, so a 40 g tin of our Matcha Superior will give you about 30 - 40 cups of tea. So, if you are drinking the recommended one cup a day, your tin will last you at least one month.
The 100g bag of Culinary Matcha will give you about 90 - 100 cups of tea. If you are using it for recipes, you will use a bit more, but this is adaptable to your own preference or taste. Click here to have a look at a few great recipes we have tried.
Why Is Matcha So Expensive?
Our Matcha is sourced from Uji, Kyoto in Japan, which is well known as the source of the finest Matcha in the world. If you would like to know how to tell high quality Matcha from lesser quality Matcha, here is an explanation
The plantation from which we source our Matcha has a very stringent growing process and hand-picks every leaf. An infographic explaining the growing process which produces our perfect, bright green Matcha powder is found on our blog here
Also, when you make a cup of Matcha tea, you use only 1 gram of powder so our 40 gram tin of Matcha Superior makes approximately 30 - 40 cups.
When should I drink Matcha?
Matcha is an all-day beverage in Asian homes. Which means you can drink it in the morning, afternoon and after dinner. It is also used to help with focus, and deal with anxiety. So if you're feeling a little frazzled or sluggish - have a cup!
Just a word of caution - because matcha boosts the metabolism if you have it on an empty stomach (i.e first thing in the morning) you might feel light headed and even nauseous as your body gets used to its concentrated nutrients, benefits and digestive/cleansing abilities. Maybe add some honey with your first cup, or delay it until after breakfast.
If you are worried about being kept awake at night, rather avoid drinking it at night or have a 1/2 serving so that you still benefit from the fat digestion, curbing appetite and cleansing benefits.
Why Drink Matcha Tea?
Just one cup of Matcha green tea a day and you could be enjoying these awesome benefits:
• Fight cancer cells
• Lower cholesterol
• Increase weight loss
• Kill free radicals
• Ward off bacterial infection and illness
• Prevent viral infections
• Moderate allergies
• Oral deodorant and sterilizer
• Prevent dental cavities
• Improve memory and concentration
• Enhance cognitive function
• Boost immune function
• Reduce blemishes, wrinkles and sun-damage
• Raise energy levels and alertness
• Alkalize the blood
• Regulate the heartbeat
• Build strong teeth and bones.
In fact, you'd have to be crazy not to drink it!
For those with a more inquiring mind, who want to know how one little cup of tea can do all that, let us explain.
Matcha tea is unique because with any other tea, the leaves are steeped and some of the nutrients are drawn out, but the remaining good stuff is thrown out when you dispose of the leaves. The meaning of the word 'matcha' is literally 'powdered tea', because the rich, green leaves are ground to a fine powder and dissolved in to each little cuppa. So, when you drink a cup of Matcha tea, you are getting every bit of good stuff you can. Not a smidgen is wasted!
The reason you don't want to waste a drop is the key combination of nutritional components:
Catechins and EGCG
Bioflavonoids that have excellent anti-virals and anti-oxidant properties. These incredible components inhibit the growth of cancer cells, unblock arteries, prevent bad LDL cholesterol and promote good HDL cholesterol levels. They also promote healthy energy consumption in the body, thereby reducing fat. These powerhouses also have excellent anti-bacterial properties. Studies have even found that gargling with green tea can prevent influenza and infections, as well as promote healthy gums and prevent bad breath.
An amino acid that stimulates alpha brain waves. It creates a relaxed, yet alert mind, allowing one clear focus. Theanine tempers the natural caffeine in green tea, increasing energy without causing a jittery feeling. Dopamine levels are also increased by L-Theanine which improves memory.
A water soluble variety of this vitamin is contained in Matcha which loses none of its potency or efficacy in the brewing process. The combination of Catechins, Vitamin E and Vitamin C contained in Matcha work together to reduce blemishes, wrinkles and sun damages.
Natural, mild caffeine which has been shown to increase mental alertness, cognitive function and increase weight loss.
A powerful detoxifier which helps the body to rid itself of toxins and heavy metals. Matcha contains even more chlorophyll because it is grown in the shade before harvest.
Potassium, Manganese and Calcium are all present in Matcha which assist in alkalizing blood, regulating the heartbeat and strengthening teeth and bones.
Essentially, Matcha is an incredible little super-food that you need to get into your body now, so it can start working its magic! And to get all the benefits its as simple as drinking a cup of tea.
If you have anything you'd like to ask about Matcha, let us know and we'll get back to you.
If you have any other questions not answered here, please get hold of us. We are always happy to help with any of your concerns or queries.