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Clearspring Organic Matcha Green Tea is a delicious blend created especially for us by our expert tea producers in Japan. It combines the exceptionally light, smooth and refreshing flavour of Japanese Sencha with distinctly rich and exquisite ceremonial grade Matcha Powder. Skilfully blended and packed on our tea producers’ estate immediately after production to ensure the freshest quality.
Ingredients: Green tea leaves* (97.5%), matcha powder* (2.5%). * Organically grown
Product weight - 40g
Matcha is finely ground green tea leaf powder, traditionally used as part of the tea ceremony and by Buddhist monks to keep focussed and alert during their meditation practice. The most prized amongst Japanese teas, it is valued for its high antioxidant content and many other health benefits.
This very concentrated form of green tea is drunk as a fine powder diffused in liquid so you actually ingest the whole leaf, consuming every last bit of goodness.
|Cereals containing gluten*||Absent|
|Sulfur dioxide and sulphites*+||Absent|
* and products thereof. +(>10mg/kg or 10mg/l)
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Although making a cup of tea may seem like a really simple thing, making a really good cup of tea is an art!
Qualities: With a slightly grassy aroma and deep rich taste, sencha is the classic Japanese green tea. At Clearspring we harvest the tender first of the season leaves, which are known to be the best due to their brighter colour and gentler, slightly sweeter flavour.
Quantities: 1 teabag per person
Water temperature: 70-90°C - brewing at this temperature will stop the tea from becoming bitter while allowing the full flavour of the tea to come out.
Brewing time: 1-2 minutes
In the hills around Kyoto a third generation of the Nagata family use special organic methods, known as Nature Farming, to produce a range of exquisite green teas for Clearspring.
The ancient farming approach used by the Nagatas builds up soil vitality by maintaining a semi-wild environment where the plants are not overly protected and gain nourishment from repeated applications of compost made from tea clippings and dried leaves which together with regular mulching helps control weed growth and maintain soil moisture.
Whilst most tea farmers spray their plants with pesticides and herbicides 15-20 times a year, the Nagatas' tea bushes have a vigour that enables them to thrive without chemical inputs.
The Nagatas' yields may be lower than average but their plants have far less mould and blight. They remain productive for up to 40 years, twice as long as the typical tea bush treated with chemicals.
As well as growing tea, the Nagatas undertake the skilful blanching, drying and roasting processes and then pack their teas right on their estate to ensure maximum freshness and fullness of flavour.
Compare this to the common practice of shipping in bulk, and then blending and packing the tea many months later in Europe, and it is easy to see why Clearspring tea from Nagata Chaen tastes so fresh.
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