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Review and Giveaway: Matcha Source

Matcha Source is a Los-Angeles based, online retailer of high quality matcha teas and equipment.  As a lucky recipient of a sampler pack, I was delighted to open up my parcel from Alissa to see a Matcha Box kit (which includes some Morning Matcha tea, a beautiful ceramic bowl from Japan, bamboo tea scoop to measure tea, as well as traditional tools to prepare the matcha–a bamboo whisk and stainless steel sifter), as well as additional packets of Gotcha Matcha Cafe grade teas (used for baking, smoothies, and so on).

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Like many of you, I drink green tea (usually Chinese green) almost every day.  And while I’ve tried authentic Japanese green tea in the past (see my post about my visit with my Japanese penpal), that cannister of tea was finished so long ago that the memory had faded.  So I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect here.

One thing I already loved about this matcha tea, even before a single sip passed my lips, was the respectful, solemn nature of the authentic tea ceremony and the attention to detail in the equipment provided by Matcha Source.  I attempted to do my best with it (whisking furiously) and did achieve a slight froth with the bamboo whisk–but whether this was authentic or not, I couldn’t say!  I did appreciate the delicate bamboo fronds of the whisk, the heft of the bowl, and artistry of the Japanese pottery.  The equipment alone provides an exquisite combination of art and pragmatism all on its own. 

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But then, of course, there’s the tea.

My first taste was taken from a hot cup of tea, pure and simple.  I adored it.  Intensely flavored, with a slight bitterness and clear umami aftertaste, the tea definitely announces its presence to your taste buds.   The HH wasn’t a huge fan (perhaps I made it a bit strong for his palate), but I could drink the stuff, straight, all day. No wonder my Japanese penpal told me she used to drink one or two pots on her own per day!

As the Matcha Source website describes it, the tea is “Complex.  Alluring.  Bitter.  Misunderstood.  Addicting.”  To that formidable list of adjectives, I’d add, paradoxically, both “astringent” and “smooth.”  The color is a brilliant, bright green, like an Irish clover. For those who enjoy green smoothies, you’ll recognize the subtle undertones of chlorophyll as well.

As a holistic nutritionist, I was also thrilled to review the incredible array health benefits conferred by the matcha. Because matcha is the entire tea leaf, ground up (versus the liquid only from steeping the leaves), the antioxidant and health benefits increase exponentially compared to standard green teas.  In fact, matcha provides ten times the antioxidant benefits of “regular” green tea! It also contains amino acids that naturally enhance your mood.

And there’s so much more that can be done with matcha as well.  I tried my hand at several recipes, including truffles, pudding, and a chilled latte (which reminded me very much of green tea ice cream). 

Well, it’s settled: I’m addicted to this healthy beverage.  Thanks so much, Alissa!

And now, you can sample it yourself! I’m giving away a Matcha Box to one lucky reader–CONTEST OPEN WORLDWIDE.

Even if you’re not a fan of the tea, wouldn’t this kit make a beautiful Christmas or Hannukah gift?

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this page stating why you’d like to win.

For extra entries, do one or more of the following (one extra entry each):

  • Tweet about the giveaway, linking back to this page (and include @rickiheller so that I see the tweet!)
  • Post about the contest on Facebook, linking back to this page.
  • Post about the giveaway on your blog, linking back to this page.
  • Make one of the green tea recipes I posted and leave a comment on that page telling me that you did so (and what you thought of it!)

Contest closes on Friday, December 4 at midnight.

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92 comments to Review and Giveaway: Matcha Source

  • I love tea, but haven’t had matcha yet. I would love to try it out!!

  • i’d love to win because i’ve never tried matcha before but i drink tea everyday!

  • I’m a sucker for beautiful stuff like this – not to mention the health benefits.

  • Ooh, I’d love to win this! The ceramic and whisk look so gorgeous, and green tea will always be my favorite kind.

  • Yay – a worldwide giveaway! I’d like to try it because I love EVERYTHING green!

  • Ali

    I am a tea fanatic! I always have green tea in the morning and peppermint tea at night (and various others in between!)

    I really want to try making the Chocolate and Green Tea Truffles you just posted – I am planning on making various types of truffles and packaging them all nice and pretty for presents this year 🙂

  • Hannah

    I am dreaming of and concocting matcha smoothie creations in my mind!

  • Danielle

    I love trying new things! Matcha sounds up my ally 🙂

  • I love green tea but have never tried Matcha. I’d love to try it though! Maybe I should look at whole foods and try one of your recipes. I’ll post if I do! Otherwise I really hope I win and then I’ll definitely try one of your matcha recipes. That’s a beautiful tea set too!

  • Marie M

    I’ve been curious about matcha since seeing it in the asian grocery store a while back, and I love all things tea, so it would be cool to finally give matcha a try!

  • Tuuli

    I’m a tea addict but I’ve never tried matcha – must remember to do so even if I don’t win…

  • I would like to win because I’ve never tried macha and it sounds delicious!

  • Laura

    I’m yet to find matcha in the UK so I’d love to win this competition, I would definately try out those truffles too they look delish!

  • Hey ive never had matcha, but having a mug of green tea first thing in the morning is something i LOVE. Its my ‘Me time’ and also i love trying out different combinations with green tea. oooh i do hope i win this hamper.

  • Beautiful. I am loving anything that is warming or forces me to slow down right now. Hot tea, yoga, and reading under blankets seem to be much needed lately.

  • I have never seen REALLY green tea! Your truffles look divine and the tea set is beautiful. We had a friend that went to Japan for his job one time and he brought back some things for us. A cute little bowl, a little pack of crackers and a few tea bags. Problem was, we couldn’t read what anything was. I still have the tea. Maybe I’ll get brave and pull it out and try it 🙂

  • Colleen

    i do love tea, and would like to try macha. thanks for the giveaways!

  • I would love to win. I keep hearing about how wonderful matcha is but have yet to find it anywhere. I’d love to add it to my cabinet full of delicious goodies.

  • Samantha

    I’d love to win, I love green tea but have never tried Matcha!

  • I would like to win because I LOVE green tea and have been looking for Matcha powder for awhile!

  • I tweeted: LaurenGinger

  • this could be so much fun to play with!! i see cookies, cheesecake and frozen yogurt in my future should i win 😉

  • Rachel

    I’ve been looking for matcha for a while because I love tea and I want to try baking with it. Or perhaps making some ice cream.

  • I would love to win, because I would LOVE to try those truffles. My word, those sound amazing!

  • How fun! I’ve never had matcha before, but loooove green tea…would love to have some to play with! And I must say, really wonderful penpal story too. 🙂

  • Samantha

    I tweeted: sammysammich

  • jvegegirl

    B/c I love green tea and I’m tired of the tea in my dining hall!

  • Heather

    I’d love to win! I see so many yummy recipes online that use matcha but I didn’t want to spend the money on this particular ingredient.

  • Jes

    I would love to win the matcha since it’s so expensive and hard to find out here. I’ll also tweet and post a link from my page 🙂

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  • I make dark chocolate candies and truffles almost daily at home, and pairing Matcha sounds like a lovely combination. We have a Japanese tea house nearby, and I love experiencing a traditional Matcha green tea every once in a while. It would be really fun to have a green tea party using this kit, with dark chocolate truffles!

  • What a great contest! I would love to win, I have been having a lot of trouble with my belly and among other things I have stopped drinking coffee and am trying to become a tea person so this would really help.

  • I’ve had matcha in chocolate before, but never tried it in true tea form! I hope I win! Anything that green HAS to be amazingly healthy!

  • Kyle

    I would love to add matcha to my morning green smoothie!

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  • What a lovely kit! I have yet to try matcha, and I’d love to… They must have it on the menu at our local teahouse, but there is just so much choice on that menu that I haven’t made it to the matcha page yet. Having some at home would solve the problem: the choice would be very easy, especially since it means I’d get to use those beautiful tools.

  • I have never tried Matcha. But now I need some for your awesome truffle recipe 😉

  • Carol

    Oh My Gosh. This would truly be great to win! I have been doing a lot of research on Matcha lately, but have not found it here in Costa Rica to give it a try. I will Tweet, Facebook, place in my emails, any place that might give others the gift of finding Matcha too. 🙂

  • Courtney

    Hahahaha…since I have no blog, no twitter account, and I am not on Face Book (maybe the LAST person in the world?!), this is my best chance, lol! I am truly not up on the latest technology 🙂 I am going to try to make a recipe too!

    Courtney

  • Mary Chris Stan

    We tried Macha in Niagra Falls, Canada last summer and fell in love with it. I have given it to my sister and brother in law for Christmas. Would love to get the kit. I love drinking it in the afternoon. Just wonderful pick me up.

  • I’d love to try matcha made with a traditional whisk and bowl!

  • medu3a

    I love matcha and would love to try this beautiful set!

  • I recentl went to Japan and can’t get enough of Japanese food. I’d love to win the matcha and cant wait to try your recipes. The green would go nicely with holiday treats.

  • Dee

    I’d like to win so I can sample the green goodness of this matcha. Almost 20 years ago, I visited Japan and had the pleasure of taking part in a tea ceremony. Wonderful memories!

  • sham

    I love matcha tea – there is something so real about it. I recently started having it again after 2 years and just love it. I usually make a green matcha latte with rice milk.

  • I would love to win because I’ve been adding matcha to all my smoothies but have never tried it just as tea. I am ready (and also those truffles — yumm)!!

  • Marie

    For the past seven years I have had an intense interest in Japan and have been studying the Japanese language and culture. (And eating the food whenever and wherever I can!) Coming from an area of the East Coast where Japanese stores and products are hard to come by, I’m always looking for chances to experience the culture I love so much. I absolutely adore matcha, and the wonderful ceremony of preparing it. The set is absolutely gorgeous!

  • ikkinlala

    I’d like to win because it would be a great gift to share – I have a friend who’s been wanting to try matcha.

  • what a gorgeous giveaway!! i already have some matcha but i would love to gift it!! you’re great!

  • I am a tea addict, but haven’t tried matcha!

  • I’d like to win because I love tea including matcha and I love trying new teas from different retailers!

  • Liz S.

    I’m a relative newcomer to Matcha; I’ve recently started having it cold in the mornings when I first get to the office. Among other things, the mood-boost is a major prize when it comes to a long day at the office!

    I’d be honored to win; the hard part for me would be deciding to whom I would give the box set! I don’t yet have one myself, but I share a love of Matcha and of Japanese culture with several good friends — many of whom have birthdays at this time of year… ^_^;;

  • Eve

    This is such a gorgeous set! I love green tea, but I’ve never really tried drinking matcha straight up. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  • Amanda

    My sister LOVES anything green-tea related. This would be a fabulous early Christmas present for her 🙂

  • Jessica

    I would love to try matcha – the color is so amazing, and I’ve seen so many creative recipes that use it. I’m a tea lover, so I can’t believe I haven’t had it yet (Starbucks green tea frappuchino doesn’t count!)

  • irene

    i love tea and tea realated accessories!

  • A lovely presentation – not only does it offer that stunning tea powder, but all those unique and lovely accessories. I see several prop possibilities in that bowl alone. It’s a beauty.

  • Emily

    I’d love to get to have matcha again! It’s been years, and you can’t get it where I live now, but I remember how much I loved it!

  • Marsha

    Ooh, I’m dying to get this! A friend of mine turned me on to matcha, but she got her set from Japan, and I don’t think I can handle mail-ordering across the Pacific. Plus the photo you posted of the matcha latte is beautiful!

  • Tamara

    Hello, I really wish I could win because I would love for my dad to be able to try this since I know how much he loves green tea. And I would love to try baking some matcha cookies as well. Oh

  • maie

    Hi Ricki – I’d love to try macha – I’d like to see what the umami aftertaste is

  • Evelyn

    i would love to try this matcha~!

  • Krista

    I love the vibrant green of the tea. Please enter me in the giveaway. I already drink a daily cup of green tea, plain, so I would love to try the matcha.

  • Raylene

    Hey, I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and would love to try Matcha for the first time. I love to bake and absolutly love tea, but can’t find the time to actually go traipsing around Winnipeg to find it, especially now that the snow has started and I bus it everwhere!

  • I love matcha! Plus I really need to try out those matcha truffles.

  • Denise

    I recently started drinking Matcha tea. Today I just enjoyed my 3rd delicious cup and I am hooked!! I can already feel the difference in my energy level and clarity of mind. I would LOVE to have the Matcha Box so I could share with others this wonderful, miraculous tea.

  • Diana Disimone

    I read your blog pretty often and I enjoy it quite a bit, so thanks for the interesting information and recipes! Some friends of mine were talking about this just the other day and it piqued my interest, I would love to give it a try!

  • Liz

    So cool, Ricki! You have opened my eyes to a great, new food (er, drink) yet again. I would love to win because I’m a poor grad student and wouldn’t be able to afford this by myself 🙁

  • I’d love to win some matcha! I love its gorgeous color!

  • Sarah Yoshi

    I love matcha! We used to have ceremonies with it in our Japanese class in high school. I tend to bake a lot with it (they sell it relatively well priced at a place I adore called Uwajimaya here in the PNW). Thanks for spreading the word about how awesome it is!

  • Tricia

    I love the idea of incorporating the calming tea ceremony into my day. Everyone needs some space to destress.

  • I have never tried this, but it’s all a buzz on blogs lately. I would love to win!

  • Jax

    I’ve never tried matcha, it sounds delicious! I’ve wanted to try cooking with it for a while.

  • Ellen

    i’d love to win some matcha tea! what a beautiful kit. thanks!

  • Because a special little someone loves to drink it. Green tea + Lego = Happiness.

  • kakuke

    I’ve never had matcha tea and I’d like to try 🙂 And teas-cooking stuff are so different in the States than they are in Europe, it would be like an adventure 🙂

  • Mannn… I wish my matcha weren’t at my dad’s house so I could try one of your recipes. I will, however, share this contest on my blog!

  • mindy

    because i have heard so many wonderful things about it thanks

  • I would love to win since I have never tried Matcha before. 🙂

  • Pre-vegan (years ago) I tried a matcha latte at this awesome green tea place in Westwood (which is now closed), and seriously fell in love. I absolutely loved the taste, but I really have only had matcha a few other times and haven’t found it in stores. I would love to have my own match to make at home, because yes I love the taste, but also for the lovely health benefits. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Andy

    I LOVE TEA! I have had Matcha tea before…..I would love to try!

  • Kathy

    I have never tried it before and thought TODAY”S THE DAY…to enter and win a TASTE!
    Looks amazing–great photos and recipes!!

  • I saw one of these at our tea store locally … I’m so curious!

  • Let’s try this again (now that I’m on the right webpage) ;)…

    What a gorgeous kit!
    I love tea in all its forms.
    I’ve been using and healing myself (and others) with medicinal herbs for 15 years.
    I put caffeine aside for a while (part of my healing process) and am rediscovering green tea.
    Japanese teas are complex and also have medicinal uses (some are better for digestion or children for example)…I’m starting to learn about those.

    Thank you for offering this giveaway…I would love to win 😉 .

  • Tonya

    What a gorgeous Matcha Set! I would be honored to win this! MatchoMatcha on twitter introduced me to your website (looks like great info presented here) and I will be suggesting your website it to others too. Thank you and Good Luck to all!

  • I’d like to win because I just love trying new teas!

  • I have never tried matcha before – it looks good!

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  • Sheree Welshimer

    I am dying for something delicious like a Matcha smoothie. I have been on the anti-candida diet for 6 months and have run out of ideas to satisfy my cravings. Like you, I am an extreme case when it comes to candida. Thank you for the ideas I’ve gotten from your site.