If you’re a bit of a foodie fanatic or self-proclaimed tea aficionado, chances are you’ve heard of matcha powders. No idea what we’re talking about? Don’t sweat it, we’re here to break it down.
Matcha tea is a type of green tea made by taking the young tea leaves and grinding them into a pretty little green powder. You can whisk the powder into hot water or milk (with a wooden whisk only, we’re told) to make yourself a cosy cuppa, or add it to your fave baked goods.
Because you don’t just brew the leaves in water and chuck them away, matcha is said to have a heap of health benefits thanks to the antioxidants it’s packed with.
In our humble opinion, it also tastes delicious if you pick the right matcha powder, so you can make yourself a tasty brew, sit back and give yourself a pat on the back as you wait for the energy boost and increased stamina this drink is designed to provide.
Whether you’re new to the world of matcha, or just looking to up your green game, here’s our go-to list of the best matcha powders you can buy in Australia.
Kenko Tea Matcha Powder
If you think of matcha as having a bitter taste, one sip of Melbourne-based Kenko Tea's ceremonial grade matcha will prove just how untrue that is. Kenko Tea sources the highest grade ceremonial matcha from sustainable and family-run tea farms in Nishio and Kyoto and airships it to Australia to ensure it's always fresh—which might just explain why every cup is smooth and delicious. If you're looking for a new morning ritual, check out their six-piece gift set which comes with a stunning handcrafted ceramic matcha bowl, ceremonial grade matcha, a sift, whisk, scoop, and even a stand to keep your whisk in perfect shape after every use.
Matcha Maiden Matcha Green Tea Powder
When you’re looking to up your nutrition game, this matcha green tea powder sourced from Kyoto, Japan is made exclusively from green tea leaves and just one serving will give you the same antioxidant value as ten cups of regular green tea. It’s packed full of vitamins and minerals to enhance concentration, energy levels, metabolism, immune system and general well-being. It’s certified organic and retails at a pretty sweet price point. As well as making this matcha the traditional way, you can chuck it into smoothies and juices for an additional hit of all things good.
The Healthy Chef Organic Matcha Tea
We love anything from health and wellbeing expert The Healthy Chef, aka Teresa Cutter, goddess of goodness, and the matcha green tea powder is no exception. The matcha in this brew has been sourced from the finest and youngest tea leaves money can buy. While it may feel like a tasty treat, this cuppa green is said to enhance energy and focus and calm your mind. Unlike coffee, you can expect a steady and sustained energy boost throughout the day. This award-winning powder packs a boost of antioxidants and will have you feeling all sorts of fresh.
Organic Merchant Matcha Cacao And Mint Super Dust
Choc-mint? Yes please. Organic Merchant’s seriously delicious matcha with cacao and mint is designed to improve mental acuity and physical performance. It’s also damn tasty and just a little bit healthier than a scoop of choc-mint ice cream. This matcha powder is jam-packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to help you with energy and promote all sorts of benefits like a healthy metabolism and mental endurance. Make a delish hot drink, or add it into raw treats and healthy baked goods for a hit of choc-mint flavour.
Nutra Organics Mermaid Latte
Mermaid Latte is not your traditional matcha, but we just can’t get enough of this ridiculously delicious blend of 'blue matcha'—sea minerals, blue superfoods and healing herbs. And yep, it’s a brilliant shade of blue. This drink couldn’t be any prettier if it tried. The blend is infused with Ayurvedic chai spices, creamy coconut and manuka honey. It’s like a hug in a cup. Where’s the matcha you ask? This superfood blend also features blue butterfly pea flower, an ancient Thai botanical tea ground to a fine matcha powder. The tea has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic healing for heaps of reasons from cooking to beauty. You’ll just have to trust us and give this one a try.
English Tea Shop Organic Mighty Matcha
Not quite ready to commit to whisking up your matcha every morning? The English Tea Shop’s Organic Mighty Matcha tea bags are the perfect way to give matcha a try. The teabags are certified organic and made with fairtrade Japanese Matcha Tea. The blend also features roasted rice and cacao giving it a sweet and nutty finish that’s sure to put a spring in your morning step. Plus, it’s super easy, so you’ve really got no excuse for not adding this to your daily routine.
Love Tea Matcha Loose Leaf Tea
Melbourne brand Love Tea has created an oh-so-smooth loose leaf tea powder made from superior grade Japanese matcha. The Love Tea matcha has a sweet, grassy taste with a rich, creamy texture. If you’re a sucker for some stylish packaging, this one’s for you. With its gorgeous emerald green colour and slow-release caffeine, you can’t help but feel like it’s gonna be a good day.
Zen Green Tea Matcha Green Tea
We’re told that Zen monks have used matcha tea for centuries for its ability to enhance concentration and boost metabolism, calling it the elixir of good health—hence the name for this powerhouse matcha green tea powder. Zen’s matcha creates a super smooth, non-bitter green tea because of the way the little green tea leaf babies are shaded during their final months before harvest. The leaves are then hand-picked before being stone-ground into the fine powder that makes it matcha. Zen’s matcha is as fresh as a daisy and full to the brim with protein, fibre, calcium, iron, potassium, carotene and vitamins A, C and E. It’s as healthy as it gets.
Matcha Boy Matcha Tea Set
Matcha Boy was founded in Melbourne by an Australian Japanese tea lover with the goal to provide Australians with greener and greater matcha. The ethos of the company is pretty incredible, and everything is centred around bringing the finest tea to Australia, connecting the two countries, and supporting the planet. Matcha Boy volunteers at tea farms to refine their matcha and tea ceremony knowledge, and assist in the end-to-end production process, from farm to table. Can you tell we’re kinda stanning over here? Our pick of the bunch is the Matcha Tea Set with everything you need to get started—the everyday matcha, ceremonial matcha, bamboo whisk, scoop and handmade tea bowl.
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