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If there was such a thing as the official green tea of St. Patrick's Day, it would no doubt be Matcha green tea. The popular powdered tea is making its way into everything edible and drinkable these days, from pasta to baked goods to candy to drinks. In celebration of GREEN this month, try our special recipes and climb aboard the Matcha bandwagon!
Using white chocolate we've created this crunchy biscuit in matcha green. Try this toasty treat with your afternoon tea or the kids can dip it in some milk after school. Such a classy looking dessert!
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Why go to that coffee shop on the corner when you can mix this refresher by yourself at home? The distinct flavor of matcha is the reason green tea drinks are so popular these days.
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Make our Japanese style pancakes, which we call "hotcakes", with the colorful green hue of matcha. The young ones are going to love these fun pancakes, made extra tall, thick and cakey!
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Try this aromatic dish that you can steam so easily in your rice cooker. Our Jasmine Rice is not only tasty, it's healthy too--gluten free and vegetarian. Squeeze some lime juice for an added zing.  
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Matcha is so mainstream these days most people know that the primary difference between it and other teas is that it is ingested, rather than brewed into the liquid that you drink. This is a very important distinction when you consider what gives matcha its broad appeal--people love its deep taste and its widely favored health benefits. The anti-oxidant properties of teas has been supported by tea fans everywhere, and many believe that matcha gives you more of everything just because you're drinking the leaf itself.
Matcha is grown in the shade for about a month before harvest, resulting in greater chlorophyll production which creates its rich, green color. Amino acids are also intensified, which gives the tea its sweet, full-bodied flavor without the bitterness. Only the youngest, most supple leaves from the tops of the tea bush are used to make matcha, and the leaves are then further refined to remove the stems and veins, so only the meat of the leaves are left to be ground into matcha powder. If you've ever wondered why matcha is more expensive, well, there it is.  
There are different grades of matcha as well. Ceremonial grade is the premium matcha powder that is good enough to be used in traditional tea ceremonies. Only the finest matcha can be used in the ceremony, known as chado in Japanese, which is held using either of two types of matcha: Koicha, a thicker tea, or Usucha, which is thinner. Because Koicha uses more of the matcha powder, the quality needs to be superior in order to achieve the sweetness of the tea without the bitterness. Koicha is whisked to a foamy drink and shared by a group of participants in the same bowl; usucha is served as a single portion to one person.  
Culinary grade is used to flavor and dye different foods today--some popular uses being green tea ice cream, soba noodles, cakes, mochi rice cakes, shaved ice, candy and familiar to all coffee shop regulars, iced green tea lattes. The matcha trend is huge in Japan, where it has become normal to have a matcha flavored choice among chocolates, cakes, cookies and other desserts or snacks. There are so many varieties, they've become popular as souvenirs for tourists who want to bring back unique Japanese gifts. A lot of the candies and snacks are available at Asian markets here in the U.S., and you might be surprised to see Western brands like Oreos or KitKat in matcha flavors!  
Zojirushi Water Boilers have a micro computerized temperature control system that keeps the water at a selected temperature as long as it is plugged in. The LCD display shows the actual temperature for easy reference.  
Why is temperature so critical when brewing green tea? Amino acids determine the sweetness and flavor of green tea, while the bitterness is caused by polyphenols (tannins). Since the amino acids dissolve around 115˚F and the tannins dissolve around 180˚F, brewing the teas with boiling water will enhance the bitterness instead of bringing out the sweetness and delicate taste of the tea. This is why green teas should never be brewed using boiling water.
Some models have a slow drip dispensing mode!
Decreases the amount of water dispensed to 60% of the normal setting,
making it suitable for brewing café drip coffee.
When you want a delicious tea but have little time, you can rely on QUICK TEMP mode.
Boils, then cools down to 175˚F.
What this means is that your hot water becomes available sooner, with QUICK TEMP mode.
The heater shuts off when water reaches 175°F.
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