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No. 210 - Organic Rooibos Matcha Tea

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Smooth with bitter chocolate notes. Finishes cleanly.

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While this unusual step may seem unorthodox, Matcha grinding represents the latest step in a long tradition of Rooibos innovation. How so? Let‟s take a look.

The needle-like plant, which grows only in South Africa‟s Cederberg district, was discovered by the region‟s early inhabitants more than 300 years ago. They harvested the plant with axes, bruising the leaves with hammers in order to draw out the enzymes present in the leaf. From the very start, they recognized that by roughly handling the leaves in this manner, a beverage could be brewed that invigorated the body and refreshed the mind. And so the years passed.

Next stop, the early 20th century. According to the South African Rooibos council, by that time, the plant had captured the attention of a noted medical doctor named Dr. Le Fras Nortier. He began researching Rooibos‟ medicinal value and studying its feasibility as an agricultural crop. Thankfully, his research and innovative outlook paid off, and Rooibos began life as a commercial crop in the 1930s. By 1984, Rooibos tea was making news in Japan where natural health practitioners believed it had anti-aging properties. By 2006, Rooibos espresso was taking South Africa's coffee shops by storm. Which leads us to the present.

Additional Information

Ingredients Rooibos
Product of: South Africa
Region(s) Cederberg
Antioxidants Low
Caffeine None
Makes Great Iced Tea No
Milk Yes
Sugar Yes
Lemon Yes
Mint Yes
Organic Yes
Western Method (Amount) 1/2 Teaspoon
Western Method (Water Amount) 8.45 fl oz / 250 ml
Western Method (Water Temp) 180 F / 82 C
Western Method (Time) Whisk briskly until frothy
Steeping Notes

One common misconception people have of Matcha is that it must be brewed according to the strict guidelines of the Cha no yu ceremony. In reality, Matcha can be brewed many different ways.

Ceremonial Matcha:
*Please note that in order to brew Ceremonial Matcha you will need a set of Japanese tea ceremony tools (bowls, scoops, and a whisk).
1) Prepare tea bowls by warming them with boiled water.
2) Prepare your Matcha whisk by soaking the tip in the boiled water in one of the bowls for about 10 seconds.
3) Pour the water out and dry the bowl with a paper towel.
4) Using your teaspoon, add 2 scoops of Matcha to each bowl.
5) Pour 1/3 of a cup of your hot water into each bowl.
6) In a slow “m” motion, submerge any loose bits of Matcha that may be floating on the surface of the tea.
7) Whisk the tea more briskly in a back and forth motion until the surface of the Matcha becomes frothy.
8) Consume immediately (in Japan, it is customary to drink the entire bowl in 3 quick slurps).

Hot Matcha Latte:
1) Measure approximately 15oz. (450 ml) of milk into stainless steel carafe.
2) Add 1 teaspoon or 2 matcha measures of Matcha.
3) Stir with long spoon to combine with milk.
4) Add 1 oz. (30 ml.) of flavoring syrup.
5) Froth vigorously with frothing wand from espresso machine.
6) When blend is smooth with micro bubbles, pour into cup.

*You may substitute 2 tablespoons of either Maple syrup, Agave syrup or Honey for the flavoring syrup to taste. We recommend using a measuring cup to prepare and use as a training guide.