From the brand owner
In 2007, Andrew Weil, M.D, and André Fasciola traveled to Japan on a business trip to experience traditional matcha. They fell in love with it, and quickly became determined to source the very best matcha they could find. “To us, it’s not just about great quality matcha – it is about sharing it with others. We wanted to offer people a delicious, experiential and healthy alternative to coffee and sugary drinks. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, we’re a matcha made in heaven.”
What makes our Matcha Best?
It was pleasing to see growing awareness of matcha in America, but we were dismayed by the low qualities available when visiting cafés, tea shops, and restaurants. So, on our following trips to Japan, we purchased small tins of the quality tea to bring home, along with tea bowls, scoops, and whisks. Soon we were in the habit of drinking a bowl of matcha twice a day! Turning loved ones onto it, and leading a growing audience into giving it a try.
100% Authentic Stone-ground Matcha
Our matcha is primarily produced from tea leaves grown in the region of Japan known as Uji, Kyoto. Through an exclusive relationship with our tea-farm (Japan’s oldest and most authentic), we’re able to share the most exquisite matcha that Japan has to offer – grown on the purest, most carefully maintained land. And each year, the tea-master specially blends the best leaves into the matcha we enjoy today. Since most of this quality of matcha stays for enjoyment within Japan, we’re honored to have the chance to share it with you.
Premium Ceremonial Grade Matcha
We cherish the opportunity to share matcha from Japan’s oldest authentic tea farm. Each year, they produce limited quantities of true Premium Ceremonial Grade quality matcha. We’re grateful to be one of the vital select few allowed to access their tea, which has been precisely cultivated using the same methods (shading, hand-picking) for nearly a millennium. Passed down each generation, the same family has cared for the farm for more than half that time – offering an essential balance of cost point, calming energy, and health benefits**.
Each batch is ready for our customers right away. There is not any delay from traditional cultivation to your modern enjoyment.
HOW TO USE
- Before Preparation –– Many people think of matcha as a modern ritual to fuel their busy lifestyle. You may choose to take a moment to prepare your mind and body to fully enjoy this rare form of green tea.
- Preparing the Matcha –– Reach for your sifter first and place it over your dry matcha bowl or cup. Use a bamboo scoop to pass 3 scoops (or about 1tsp) through the sifter. Next, add about 2oz of hot water (~170F°) and whisk to form a frothy top layer and is fully dissolved. Here, add the remaining 2-3oz of warm water.
- Enjoying your Matcha –– The tea bowl is traditionally passed to guests to admire and enjoy. If you’re not sharing, you’ll skip right to sipping. It’s considered courteous to slurp the matcha, to mix it with air and fully infuse your senses with umami, floral notes, and vegetal aroma. Enjoy!
When and where did Matcha Originate?
Producing matcha green tea powder has been an essential practice in Japan for 1,000 years. Zen monks favored it and began developing special blends and carefully cultivating the tea. It served incredible benefits for long hours of meditation, and gained favor among royalty. It improved the samurai’s vitality, and now it has come to you!
What’s the difference between Culinary and Ceremonial grades?
Ceremonial grades, unlike culinary grades, are brighter green and umami. Culinary matcha has more bitter notes, and less L-theanine, a savory and calming amino-acid.**
How Long will Matcha Keep?
Our matcha is freshly imported, and makes it to you very close to the date it was harvested. Save matcha in an airtight, ‘non-see-through’ container and keep in the freezer to stay fresh – up to 2 months).
Does it contain caffeine?
Matcha green tea is naturally caffeinated,each serving contains about 1/3 that of a regular cup of coffee. Energy also lasts longer, and people switching from coffee report a smooth transition.
What if I don’t love it?
Matcha is an amazing change of pace for any lifestyle. We absolutely stand behind the full value of each of our products. **FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
Precise Cultivation – First Harvest is a superior sipping matcha blend, stone-ground from tea leaves which have undergone intense preparation and care. Each leaf is shaded for a minimum of 3 weeks before hand-picking. Unchanged cultivation techniques allow tea-leaves to focus energy at the top of the plant to produce wider, thinner, more delicious (and nootropic) matcha. First Harvest contains high levels of neurostimulating commpounds and antioxidants (such as EGCG).
Purity – 100% Pure Japanese Stone-ground Matcha Tea Powder. All Natural, NO Sugar, and NO Preservatives. Matcha tea leaves are shade grown for a minimum of 3 weeks, handpicked All over first harvest and stone-ground into an ultra fine powder. One serving of matcha contains 40-80 mg of caffeine.
Origin – Authentic Japanese Matcha. Matcha is harvested from our exclusive, award-winning Matcha tea-farm, in Uji, Japan. Using time-honored tradition since 1602, only a limited supply is produced annually through superior cultivation.
Powerful Antioxidants – Great Source of Antioxidants & Amino Acids Including EGCG & nootropic L-Theanine. Full of Antioxidants and Polyphenols. Boost your metabolism with rejuvenating amino acids and a steady kick of caffeine. Matcha gives your body energized alertness for 4-6 hours. Clean energy to avoid that midday coffee crash.
Adore it, or your money back! We realize that people have different tastes, if you don’t seem to be 100% satisfied with your product, contact us (the seller) directly for your full refund; NO questions asked. Just email us and we’ll refund your order in full. 100% QUALITY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE.