How matcha benefits your health and lifestyle.

Matcha Chocolate Monaka Review

My Matcha Chocolate Monaka Story

Short story: A few weeks ago, we wanted to go around Korea town for a taste of their BBQ. We ended up at a small Korean supermarket in Wilshire Center. It is called Zion Market. Scouring at the frozen section, we saw this cute dessert on a small corner. Matcha Chocolate Monaka Green Tea Flavor. We got curious and purchased two packs.

I devoured the first pack since my husband was driving. I could not wait to get home to try it. On the label, it says Japanese Traditional Ice Sandwich dessert. Green tea flavor. The packaging is unique and interesting. I removed the plastic pack. Carefully examine the ice cream. Took some photos. Devour the treat.

matcha chocolate monaka

The composition of the ice cream surprised me. Inside the crispy thin waffle covers the matcha ice cream coated in chocolate. It was very delicious and refreshing. Creamy and made me wanting for more. The matcha is hearty and robust.

I did not like the astringency of the matcha. It was too strong for me. I did not get to sleep around 4 in the morning!  It changed my entire sleeping plan! Same for my husband. We had to make up for another day to return back to our sleeping cycle.

I like the combination of the chocolate and matcha. I just hope it has more chocolate in it. Or a much thicker coating. I love chocolate. My husband loves the ice cream. He thought of buying more. He ended up buying a different ice cream since driving to the market takes 45 minutes to reach.

I rate this product from 1 to 10 based on the flavor, taste, and presentation where 1 is bad and 10 is good. The verdict is 9. We both find it different since it was our first time to relish the matcha ice cream. Personally, this product gives you enough energy throughout the day. Unique experience. Great product. I would recommend this anyone.


Ceremonial Grade Matcha Teaologists UK

Here is some information about the company:

Company: Teaologists UK
Product type: Ceremonial Grade Matcha
Year Established: 2016
Type: Usucha (Thin)
Location: United Kingdom
Flavor Rating: 9/10
Aroma Rating: 9/10
Color Rating: 9/10
Taste Rating: 9/10

Ceremonial grade matcha tea is being compared to kitchen or cooking grade. There is a huge difference. Ceremonial matcha tea is rich in taste. Try to compare superior, premium and ceremonial matcha tea together. They are not the same in the taste, flavor, and color. Even with the price.

ceremonial grade matcha
ceremonial grade matcha

There is also a difference when a product says ceremonial organic grade than the ceremonial grade. I considered where the powder came from since this is my first ceremonial grade that can be made into Koicha or Usucha drink. Great for people who want to change their coffee routine to matcha tea. I started with a premium grade of Koicha matcha tea. Though, I love my first matcha tea compared to the ceremonial grade matcha.

I purchased the sample of 5g for the price of £5. Now I check again, they change it and it’s less than $5. Hurrah! (Update: They do not offer samples as of August 2017) Matcha tea beginners who want to try matcha tea should be on the look out for samples. In case, your taste buds do its choosing for you. You may not anticipate the taste of it at the beginning. You will love it once you consumed all of it.

This product is one of their best sellers. The reason I bought their sample. I opened it and smelled the bursting aroma. It smelled good. I made a simple drink without whisking it. Check the picture above. The tea is rich, aromatic and smooth. It has warm notes to it. Personally, it is delicious, sweet and worth drinking over and over again. The great thing about drinking matcha tea is that it gives you the relaxing feeling you want. I like this matcha tea.

Matcha Green Tea and its Health Benefits


One of the major health benefits of matcha tea is that it delivers a mega dose of antioxidants in every sip. According
to the latest innovation in antioxidant research, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’.

Matcha Tea Health Benefits

Why is matcha better than loose leaf tea?

Every day, countless people throw away valuable antioxidants and minerals. While seemingly unimaginable,
that’s exactly what happens when you brew a cup of green tea because water can only extract a fraction of green teas
benefits. The majority actually remains unused, trapped in the tea leaves. In reality, the only way to truly take
advantage of green teas full potential is to consume the entire leaf. But that doesn’t mean you need to start eating
tea leaves. The simplest solution is to just enjoy a bowl of matcha. Because matcha is straight, stoneground tea
leaves, matcha provides you with green teas powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino
acids in a way no other green tea can. In fact, to even begin to match the potency found in a single serving of matcha, you would need to drink at least ten cups of brewed green tea. When it comes to helping you achieve and maintain optimum health, matcha is without equal.

Why is matcha tea considered an anti-oxidant powerhouse?

One of the biggest buzz words in nutrition, antioxidants are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent
aging and chronic diseases. Nowadays, a variety of fruits and vegetables are lauded for their antioxidant properties,
leading to a host of products with all kinds of claims. But matcha is unparalleled in comparison. Firstly, matcha is
packed with exponentially more antioxidants according to the latest innovation in antioxidant research.Using the testing method known as ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha possesses an amazing twenty times more so than pomegranates or blueberries. Matchas ORAC rating is a mighty 1573 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 93 units.

Why does this matter?

Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. Put simply, the more you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease.

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10 Health Benefits of Japanese Matcha Tea

In Japanese culture, Matcha Tea is widely known and accepted drink. Back in the Tang Dynasty in China, tea leaves were steamed and formed into tea bricks for storage and trade. It became popular in the Song Dynasty where the method of making powdered tea started. Then it became a necessary part of the ritual by Chan or Zen Buddhists.

One of the Zen Buddhists brought Matcha Tea to Japan in 1191 by monk Eisai. In Japan, it became highly integrated at ceremonies by Zen Monasteries and people. From there, Matcha green tea was born. Let us read more about how Matcha Tea can benefit your health.

1.) It helps improve your mental focus because of its high Theanine content. It gives you that surge of energy when you work.

2.) It gives an energy boost without the typical jitter and acidity associated with coffee. Once we get older, our body acidity goes high. Consumption of coffee may give you stomach pains, acid reflux, and complex acid reactions. It is better to have an alternative to coffee the reason some people drink Matcha tea.

3.) It makes your skin look younger.

4.) Matcha has Catechin EGCg, most widely known for its cancer-fighting properties.

5.) Enhances your nerves to make you feel calm but alert.

6.) Boosts memory and concentration.

7.) Increase your endurance up to 6 hours or more. From my experience, it even makes feel active all throughout the day. The endurance makes you even more productive especially if you have two jobs.

8.) Improves your metabolism and helps to burn calories in your body. Personally, drink Matcha Tea before you exercise. It will help you meet your fitness goals X2.

9.) Detoxifies our body from chemical toxins from the food that we eat.

10.) Fortifies the immune system and balances our cholesterol levels.

You get a lot of benefits from Matcha Tea. The list could go longer. I have only 10 on the list. I will keep you updated for more. If you are reading this post and you drink coffee, you should try Matcha Tea. It will give you more than what coffee could offer.

The Quality Of Matcha Green Tea

It is difficult to tell which Matcha Green Tea has a ceremonial grade to its quality especially if you are a beginner. In the market, there are products sold on the internet for the same type of Matcha tea powder. The quality is worst compared to products that are known for their quality. The issues of the quality to get everyone’s attention. Including the specific grades of the powder to use.

How can you tell you purchased a quality Matcha tea? The grade of Matcha is defined by many factors:

1.) Location of the Tea.

2.) Premium quality has strict requirements when they are made. This means young leaves are carefully selected to make the premium tea powder. The treatment of the tea leaves. Before processing, the leaves are not exposed to sunlight. This type of process makes the powder color appear vibrant green.

3.) The treatment of the tea leaves. Before processing, the leaves are not exposed to sunlight. This type of process makes the powder color appear vibrant green.

4.) The texture, quality, and density.

5.) It is made from stems or leaves. Teas made from stems have different flavor and aroma. They are not bitter. Though tea stems used for drinking. Stems are byproducts of making Matcha. While the leaves selected for Matcha production.

6.) The fineness of the powder.  According to my research, Matcha green tea powder from Japan has a darker color compared to China made tea powder.

7.) Tea leaves made from granite stone mills have the best quality. Compared to Matcha Tea made from machines. Granite stone mill is the best for attaining the freshness, texture, color, and density of the tea leaves.

8.) The oxidation of the leaves. Tea leaves exposed too much oxygen becomes dull and appears brownish green. You will know if it has the right amount if it smells like hay.

The internet has a vast selection of Matcha Green Tea and their specific type of grade (which I will cover in my next article). The only way to know what type you are going to buy is to read the labels. In addition, do not be enticed by lower price products. High-quality Matcha Tea is generally expensive above $20 or more.