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.”
[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).
[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!
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.
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!
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!
Learn more about Genki Matcha on their website.