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Post-Christmas detox=Matcha Tea

Mulled wine, G&T’s, Snowballs, Champagne…Christmas can be a boozy affair. Not to mention the Tequila’s at the Christmas party!

Fast forward a few weeks and we will all be in need of a New Year detox and we may very well have found the answer to your sober-thirsty prayers.

Matcha tea has been the buzz word on every nutritionists lips for the past few months and we can vouch that there is a whole heap of reasons why.

Kanuka, a British tea emporium, who specialise in the fine art of tea and Matcha to be more precise have created which one can only describe as the Holy Grail green stuff.

Containing more antioxidants than you shake a Matcha bamboo scoop at, it is most prized for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant, due to the fact Matcha is made from the whole leaf.

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Catechins have been linked to help fight cancer, viruses and heart disease because it contains three times more of the catechins called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than other kinds of standard green tea.

National Cancer Institute of the US said: “The results of these studies have often been inconsistent”, it says “but some have linked tea consumption to reduced risks of cancers of the colon, breast, ovary, prostate, and lung.”

A daily cup of the green stuff may alsopromote cell strength, speed physical recovery after workouts and boost immunity. With just 24–39mg of caffeine per cup, the coffee jitters will be no more too!

Kanuka‘s Matcha starter kit will introduce even the modest of detoxer’s into this world of tea in the most beautiful and simple of ways. Each kit includes: 40g pouch of Kanuka Japanese Matcha tea powder, traditional matcha whisk, bamboo measuring scoop and traditional Matcha bowl- everything you need to perform a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and introduce Matcha tea in to your daily routine.

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How to: Perform a Japanese Tea Ceremony

Traditionally at the heart of Japanese culture, the special Matcha tea ceremony (Chanoyu) is also known as ‘The Way of Tea’. It is a perfect demonstration of etiquette and grace, and brings a feeling of peace, harmony and happiness.

To perform the ceremony at home, you’ll need your bowl (chawan), whisk (chasen), and traditional bamboo scoop. While you’re preparing your Matcha tea, it’s a time to relax, unwind and take yourself away from the worries of the day.

To serve one
– In your bowl, mix half a level teaspoon in to a paste using around 40mls of cold water.
– Whisk (ideally with a bamboo chasen) in an ‘M’ shape until frothy.
– Heat another 150mls of water to around 70°C, stir in to the paste and drink immediately.
– To make a latte, replace the water with your milk of choice, adding a dash of honey.

Origin

Kanuka source their Matcha from a small eco-run farm in Shizuoka, Japan and it’s the product of many hours of love, and many years of skill. This ceremony grade Matcha is the absolute best found during their travels.

 

Detoxing never tasted (or looked) so good!

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