Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Midori Spring Ceremonial (GOLD) Matcha Green Tea Review



I have been on weight loss journey for about a year and slowly have moved towards healthy diet and lifestyle. I started drinking Green Tea after reading lot about its health benefits and it was also an alternative to cut down on my caffeine from coffee. I have tried a lot of brands and still keep experimenting different brands and flavors but never tried the Matcha Green Tea. I was excited when I was contacted by Life & Food Inc. to try their product Midori Spring Ceremonial (GOLD) Matcha Green Tea for my honest review and I am very happy with the product.

About the Product


Midori Spring's Ceremonial Gold Matcha - is a ceremonial grade (premium) green tea used for brewing the finest most flavorful drinking tea you'll ever taste. This is NOT a cooking grade powder (although it can be used for cooking if you prefer), the quality is so high that it is primarily reserved for tea ceremonies for it's full flavor, and health benefits.

Rich, smooth and creamy with a hint of sweetness when brewed traditionally. 


This premium product is Ceremonial Grade and is Organic (USDA, JAS) and Kosher (OU) Certified

We only select the best raw material from our tea gardens mostly from Aichi and Kagoshima in Japan and maintain the highest standards in production. 
Our Matcha has a fresh, sweet, green-vegetable-like aroma
The colour is a vibrant emerald green
Only high quality Ceremonial Grade Matcha encompass these features. You can enjoy Midori Spring's Ceremonial Gold Matcha the traditional way by brewing or you can create your own Matcha inspired recipe. Whichever style you choose to have your Matcha, you can experience the many health benefits it has to offer since Matcha is a Superfood.
The enhanced packaging is formulated to maintain optimal freshness and to provide effortless handling. The Matcha is stored in a food grade tin and sealed with a pull top and lid. Once the pull top is removed, the Matcha should be stored in the fridge with the lid on to maintain freshness and eliminating the nuisance of the bag.


There are many immediate and long term health benefits when consuming Matcha, which include: 

  • Increase in energy without the jitters
  • Helps reduce stress
  • Improves mental alertness
  • Improve metabolism and help with weight loss
  • Boost immune system and reduce inflammation
  • Helps the body cleanse of harmful elements. 
Give back to your health and embrace the power of Matcha.

Perfect Matcha Brew





Traditional Method

What you need: Matcha Bowl (Chawan), Matcha Whisk (Chasen), Bamboo Scoop (Chashaku), Small Sifter

1. Warm up matcha bowl and bamboo whisk. Place whisk in bowl and fill ¹/3 of bowl with hot water. Let it sit for 1 minute, discard water. Dry bowl with clean cloth or paper towel.

2. With the bamboo scoop place 2 scoops of Midori Spring Matcha through a small sifter into bowl to avoid clumping.

3. Pour 60mL/2oz of hot water (72-76°c, 162-169°f) into bowl and whisk briskly in a “W” motion until fine foam appears. The whisk should not scratch the bottom of the bowl.

4. Sip and Enjoy!

Quick Method

What you need: Mug, Small Wire Whisk or Milk Frother, Teaspoon

1. Place 0.5 to 1 teaspoon of Midori Spring Matcha in mug, avoid clumps.

2. Pour 60mL/2oz of hot water (72-76°c, 162-169°f) into mug and whisk briskly in a “W” motion until fine foam appears. The whisk should not scratch the bottom of the mug. Can use a small wire whisk or milk frother.

3. Sip and Enjoy!

Review



I have to admit when first the Matcha Green Tea arrived in mail I was surprised to see that it was in small tin container with pull top lid, not like the usual packaging I have seen for tea. I later found that this enhanced packaging helps maintaining the freshness of the green tea. The tea powder is of vibrant green and fresh aroma. Though you need to be careful while opening the lid as it can spill a bit. I read the instructions for brewing the matcha green tea and made the tea but with steel whisk, unfortunately did not have bamboo whisk in the kitchen. I prefer the traditional method of brewing this and I found that the tea tends to clump so it is important to whisk it briskly, until you get a nice foam.The taste is great not too bitter considering it is matcha green tea but I do add honey or stevia to sweeten it a bit. I have also tried a variation of adding it to my protein smoothie after my workout at gym and it turned out good. I have been drinking this for this for two weeks now and definitely feel more energetic and refreshed. The price is bit on high side, $24.97 for 1.06 oz, but considering the high quality and all the health benefits it provides I suppose it is trade off.

Visit the website for full recipes and tips here.
You can purchase Midori Spring Ceremonial (GOLD) Matcha Green Tea on Amazon here.

I received this product in exchange for my honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products that I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. The opinions expressed above are 100% my own.