Matcha 101

As Canada's ready-to-drink Matcha tea, we believe in the power of Matcha and want to share our passion with you. This page will introduce you to Matcha and its benefits.

What is Matcha and Where does it come from?

Matcha Green Tea (抹茶) is made by finely grinding the steamed and dried leaf buds of the Camellia Sinensis plant. It originated in China and was popularized in Japan by a Buddhist monk in the 12th century, where it was used to provide monks with the energy they needed to meditate for many hours. The quality of tea, like wine, depends on the climate and soil of the region where it is grown. This is why the best quality Matcha comes from the areas surrounding Kyoto, Japan where the conditions are optimal for tea!

Why drink Toro Matcha?

Matcha can fuel your body with healthy energy, and this is basically tied to three of its components:

1. Antioxidants
Matcha is is one of the richest sources of natural antioxidants! Antioxidants are basically your body's ninja warriors that fight off free radicals that arise from pollution, UV rays, and natural by-products of cell functions. All of this fighting power means that antioxidants in Matcha improve metabolism, lower cholesterol and blood sugar, fight inflammation, and cleanse the body from toxins.

2. L-Theanine
L-theanine is the "zen" component that makes the energy from Matcha feel calming and relaxing. It's an amino acid that is primarily only found in tea and allows you to enter a calm and focused state that we love. L-Theanine is also shown to reduce anxiety and stress - something that we all need, right? So if Buddhist monks could meditate for hours thanks to L-theanine in Matcha, so can you power through your day!

3. Caffeine
What's special about the energy from Matcha lies in the slow release of caffeine. The caffeine is bound to larger molecules within the leaf powder, so it's released slowly into the bloodstream as these larger molecules get degraded. This creates a sustained energy that lasts several hours, and prevents the spike and crash of energy associated with coffee and energy drinks.

The combination of these three components are the secret sauce to why Toro Matcha is able to fuel your body with healthy and sustained energy!

How much Caffeine in a Toro Matcha bottle?

A bottle of Toro Matcha contains 40-50mg of Caffeine. In comparison, a cup of coffee has over 80mg. Even though the caffeine content is lower in Toro Matcha, the caffeine is combined with L-theanine and Antioxidants to produce a focused energy that lasts over a period of 4 to 6 hours without the spike and crash of caffeine!

Is Toro Matcha gluten-free? Vegan? Organic? Non-GMO?

Yes, yes, yes and of course! All our products are certified by Ecocert Canada.