What exactly makes matcha so special that everyone is saying I have to try it?
Unlike some other teas that are more bitter, matcha has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, plus a sweet taste.
Matcha usually comes in two forms: usucha and koicha. The translation of usucha is thin tea, which koicha means thick tea. You will find usucha in cafes, restaurants and maybe someday your kitchen.
Some believe that consuming the entire tea leaf is what is beneficial. The thought is that more antioxidants are consumed. Consuming antioxidants has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer. At this time there are not that many studies about matcha, so it is hard to determine the amount of antioxidants and therefore benefits associated with the tea.
The other benefit associated with the tea is it is high in L-theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid. There are claims stating that this amino acid can help treat anxiety and high blood pressure. But again the studies have not been done to back this up.
One thing that we do know for sure is that Matcha contains caffeine. Be sure to check the package to verify amounts, as recommended caffeine amounts are set at 300-400 mg of caffeine per day.
So what is so special about matcha? It tastes good, it comes with some health benefits from antioxidants and can provide a quick dose of caffeine.