The Secret to Vibrant Matcha: The Shade-Grown Difference

In the heart of Uji, Kyoto, lies the soul of our Matcha – a tea celebrated not just for its flavour but its vivid colour and remarkable health benefits. This isn't by chance; it's the result of a meticulous, shade-grown process that defines the essence of every tin we produce. Join us as we delve into how shade growing elevates Kato Matcha to a level of its own.

 

Kato Matcha : The Journey from Farm to Cup

 

The Science of Shade: Crafting the Colour

Shade growing is an ancient technique, but its benefits are supported by modern science. By covering the tea plants for 20-30 days before harvest, we limit the amount of sunlight that reaches the leaves. This not only intensifies the chlorophyll content, giving Kato Matcha its signature deep green hue but also enhances the production of amino acids, specifically L-Theanine. This amino acid is the maestro behind the tea’s smooth flavour profile, its calming effects, and that subtle hint of sweetness.

 

A Bounty of Benefits: Antioxidant Powerhouse

But the magic of shade growing doesn't stop with the tea’s alluring colour and taste. It also amplifies the antioxidant properties of our matcha. These powerful compounds, which include catechins like EGCG, are known for their health-promoting properties, from supporting heart health to providing anti-inflammatory effects. Antioxidants also contribute to the overall wellness factor that Kato Matcha is renowned for, making your cup not just delicious but genuinely nourishing.

 

Beyond Colour: The Complete Sensory Experience

Kato Matcha's shade-grown leaves are then hand-picked with precision, steamed to lock in colours and nutrients, and carefully dried. The destemming process that follows ensures that only the purest leaf material, known as Tencha, makes its way to the stone grinders. Here, it is ground by hand for maximum flavour, resulting in the fine, rich Kato Matcha powder that you love.

 

Conclusion:

The shade-grown technique is a testament to the craft and care that goes into our Matcha. It's this special process that imbues our matcha with its dynamic colour, exceptional antioxidant content, and a flavour profile that's both complex and comforting. So, when you whisk up your next cup, take a moment to appreciate the journey of those vibrant leaves – from the shaded sanctuaries of Uji to the warm embrace of your cup.

 

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