Genki Matcha Review and Giveaway!

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I first learned about Genki Matcha over a year ago, when the owner of the company contacted me to see if I’d like to write about their brand-new matcha. Of course, I’m always interested in reviewing new products–especially matcha products! But for some reason or another, the review kept getting pushed back until last summer, when I was finally able to sample some of this exceptional tea.

Genki Matcha represents the culmination of years of the owner’s personal passion for matcha. After a trip to Japan in 2007, where she first sampled some at a traditional matcha tea ceremony and fell in love with the vibrant emerald elixir, she began her quest to bring matcha back to the US and share the joy. The word, “Genki” itself means “to feel good, lively” in Japanese; and, as the Genki Matcha site describes it, the company’s mission is “to spread matcha awareness and to help you supplement a healthy life.”

gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free matcha from Genki Matcha

[A recent breakfast featuring matcha and squash-based grain-free porridge. Look at that vibrant green!]

Most of you already know that I’m a huge matcha fan myself (I drink it every morning and adore the fresh, slightly earthy, rather addictive taste). Among all green teas, matcha is queen; because it’s made of the entire leaf ground up, you consume all the antioxidants and other benefits in each cup, rather than simply sipping on the liquid that has had the tea steeped in it.

You can read about all of matcha’s health benefits here, but some of the highlights include its ability to help the body detoxify due to the high chlorophyll content; its energizing effects, helping you to focus your thinking while actually calming you down (ie, none of the typical edginess that other caffeinated beverages provide); higher antioxidant values than pretty much any fruit or vegetable available; and cancer-fighting benefits because of the incredibly high ECGC catcheins (antioxidants), 137 times higher than in regular green tea.

Needless to say, I was excited to try this new entry into my world of matcha. I was entirely enchanted by this tea! Genki has a beautiful, grass green color (very important when assessing the quality of a matcha tea) and a fine-talc powder that sifts easily into the cup (also critical, as you don’t want any lumps).

candida diet, sugarfree, glutenfree Genki matcha tea

[Another breakfast enhanced with the warming, delightful taste of matcha.]

With a deep, fresh and vegetal flavor, the tea was smooth and blended perfectly with hot water, without sediment or a even a hint of chalky texture. It provided a velvety, slightly umami cup of tea that was mellow without bitterness or astringency. All in all, an utterly delicious cup of matcha.

I should note, however: at present, Genki isn’t yet organic certified. That said, it’s nevertheless an extremely high quality tea, produced in Nishio (often regarded as the best region in Japan for matcha). It’s also non GMO, preservative-free, radiation-free and naturally gluten-free. Given the high quality of the tea, I felt fine drinking it.

I also think Genki matcha is an ideal choice if you’re just starting out with matcha, as the price point is quite accessible for such a high quality tea.

And now the lovely folks at Genki Matcha would like to share with you! 

Genki Matcha giveaway on rickiheller.com

You can win an entire Genki Matcha Full Tool Kit (pictured above, $121 USD value)! Included in the kit are one can of Genki matcha; a tea bowl in which to whisk the tea; a traditional bamboo whisk; bamboo scoop to measure the tea; and a sifter to ensure it’s powder-perfect.

Either hoard keep it for yourself, or give it as a gift over the holiday season. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!

Enter to win the prize pack below!

CONTEST DETAILS:

When: November 14, 2016-November 20, 2016 (ends 11:59 PM on November 20)

Who: Anyone in Canada or the USA

What: a Genki Matcha Full Tool Kit (described above)–$121 USD value

Why: Because I adore matcha and I want to get you hooked, too! 😉

How: Use the Rafflecopter box below to gain entry and submit your entries!

The winner will be contacted via email, and have 48 hours to claim her/his prize before I choose another winner.

Good luck, everyone! 

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  1. Hmmm… a hard one, but I’d have to say my fondness for Japan! There’s just no way I can’t love it! Thank you for the giveaway ^_^

  2. Such a fun giveaway (and creative use of matcha!).

  3. I think what intrigues me most about matcha is the flavor! It’s so complex. I love seeing what it would pair well with.

  4. I love matcha in smoothies too! Great with pineapple or cantaloupe. Make green tea ice cream in a Vitamix with sweetener, coconut milk, matcha and ice..even a little fruit in this one too..yumm!

  5. I love the antioxidant and health properties of Matcha! I also love Japan 🙂

  6. I’ve heard about the health benefits for such a long time – I really need to give this a try!

  7. Sounds like a wonderful matcha! I finally tried matcha tea a short time ago and loved it – didn’t realize until very recently there was a skill (and specific tools) for making a cup. I laughed at myself and proceeded with the hunt for just the right matcha set. Still looking, but winning the Genki set would be perfect!

  8. I love Matcha for all its perks. Thanks for sharing this giveaway.

  9. Kim Ledford-Burley says:

    Im interested in trying Matcha. I have never had it but I have heard so many good things about it and how good it is for you

  10. I’m really interested in the health benefits of matcha. And I love the green color!

  11. Mmm, matcha, I would love to win this!!

  12. I love all sorts of tea and am really intrigued by the health benefits. I’ve been meaning to try matcha for ages, and this one sounds like the perfect intro!

  13. Janet Morrissey says:

    i’D HAVE TO SAY THE HEALTH BENEFITS.

  14. The emerald color and antioxidants. I love matcha mixed with coconut butter and honey and hott-ish water – it’s my go-to breakfast.

  15. Oh, I’m with you, Ricki, LOVE matcha. I drink it every day, though my version probably not as healthy as most as I use a blend of pure matcha and a sweetened matcha mix (sort of like the Starbucks one). Anyhow, I haven’t seen this brand in my area, and I’ve seen quite a few. Would love to try it!

  16. I’ve always wanted to try matcha but haven’t yet. I drink several cups of green tea daily but know matcha is superior in antioxidants for one. I’d like to see if it energizes me like it advertises. I love the cute kit! Thanks for the review.

  17. I would love to try Genki matcha green tea. I’m intrigued by the possibilities for smoothies and baking. Thanks!

  18. I’m embarrassed that I’ve never had real matcha, just the stuff from a tea bag. I’m intrigued by how much more nuanced and strong the flavor would be using the powder!

  19. Thank you for sharing, Ricki!

  20. I love the taste of matcha, especially matcha latte’s, love the health benefits,too!

  21. I’m intrigued by the health benefits you can get with just one cup!

  22. This would be wonderful to win! I have heard so much about matcha, and would love to try it. Thank you for the contest!

  23. I’ve got to get more creative with my matcha. I do love making lattes with itm but so many more things you can do. Fun giveaway for others to try it!

  24. I love like drinking green tea, but maybe I’d like cooking with it!

  25. What intrigues me most about matcha is the health benefits! I’m a fan of green tea as a flavoring, but forget how nutritious it is, too. And I love how it makes things a pretty green 🙂

  26. I’ve never had matcha! I think I’m intrigued the most by how popular it has become and I’m curious as to why! I’ll have to try it soon.

  27. I love the Taste of matcha

  28. I’ve had matcha before, but it was many moons ago. I wasn’t that into it, but palates change over time. I’d love to give it another shot!

  29. I LOVE Matcha… Yum!

  30. I’m a half Japanese.

  31. This looks like such a great giveaway. I really like matcha flavored desserts. I’m happy this amazing tea has grown in popularity over the last few years.

  32. I’ve never tried matcha! I’ve always admired the lovely green color when people post desserts that include it as an ingredient, though!

  33. The health benefits of matcha intrigue me most! and as a mom of two young kids- 10 weeks and 3years old, I love that it gives me the energy to keep up with them but the calm to stay cool through toddler chaos! I’m interested to try this one because I’ve been dissapointed by some matchas (david’s tea!) lately. still looking for an affordable fav. I do matcha lattes- blend it with hot water, a tsp of coconut oil, a few drops of stevia and almond milk. having one right now! as someone who struggles with candida I love & appreciate your recipes Ricki!

    • Thanks so much, Sarah! I love matcha, too. I’ve heard that some of the “chain” brands aren’t that great (though I’ve never tried David’s). But I did love this Genki!! Good luck! 🙂

  34. The amazing health benefits and the lovely green colour 🙂

  35. The first time I tried Match was becuse of one of your posts. I have only ordered it when I go out though because I didnt have the tools to make it at home. Im intriqued by your dessert recipes using the rea powder though. It’s such amlovely color and flavor.

  36. Tricia Roderick says:

    Delicious & warming, winter’s perfect combination!

  37. I love the flavor of matcha! It gives me energy, but doesn’t leave me as jittery as coffee! And I love using it in desserts—matcha green tea ice cream is my favorite!

  38. Thanks for sharing. I love Matcha tea!

  39. I love the flavor and color of matcha! It makes me feel great!

  40. Michelle O. says:

    I love how much energy it gives me. And this from 1/2 tsp in oatmeal in the morning! I’m hooked 🙂

  41. Terri Cole says:

    That color is what intrigues me the most!

  42. I love matcha! I love how it can be incorporated into so many tasty recipes.

  43. I love matcha and all the great health benefits, thanks for sharing!!!

  44. Oh, it’s the taste, for sure.

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