Teapigs Organic Matcha could never be accused of being humble. Amongst its claims, it says one serving contains:
- 137 times the antioxidants of green tea;
- 70 times the antioxidants of orange juice; and
- 9 times the beta carotene of spinach,
which, considering one serving is a titchy half a teaspoon (1g), is mega-impressive. It also says it’ll give an energy boost of 4-6 hours, create a state of mental alertness while keeping you calm and focused, increase metabolism by up to 35-43% (it won best slimming and fitness product 2011), and if you drink a shot before working out, you’ll burn fat faster.
Phew. Super-mega-impressive list of stats there.
Teapigs sent me some to try and it arrived in a cute little tin in a cute little box with a cute little instruction leaflet. The instruction leaflet said matcha is traditionally drunk at a Japanese tea ceremony, whisked into hot water as a smooth green tea but, as it’s currently 7am and I am, as far as I can tell, sitting in my house in my red polka-dot dressing gown and not at a Japanese tea ceremony, I whisked some into 30ml of cold water and knocked it back.
It tasted ‘green’, slightly bitter but not unpleasant and as it’s only 30ml, it only takes a second to drink. You don’t have to drink it with cold water; you can have it with hot water, juice, milk or add to a smoothie, porridge or sprinkle on yoghurt.
Teapigs Organic Matcha is available to buy online for £25-£55, along with lots of funky gadgets with which to whisk and drink your matcha.
For more information about matcha, watch this video.