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We are happy you are here. Please take this time to learn more about us and our tea. Our address and contact information is below. Why do we have a PO Box? Because we are an online only tea retailer. We operate out of a distribution center based in Petaluma, California. We are a small company inside this distribution center and to help keep things simple for us, we have chosen to use a PO Box to help ensure we do not miss any important mailings from our customers.  

Mailing Address

175 Matcha Tea Company
PO Box 5541
Petaluma, California 94955

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Please use these FAQ’s to help guide you in finding a solution to your question. If you are still unable to resolve your question, please drop us an email either by using the contact form or sending us an email using your favorite email client at hello@175matcha.com

What is Matcha Green Tea?

Matcha green tea is green tea that has been processed into a fine powder. The process is called Uji and dates back to 1738. Uji is the most popular and traditional method used today to make matcha green tea powder. 

Before matcha is ground, the tea leaves are steamed and dried to help extract the most flavor from the tea leaves. Unlike most tea, when you consume matcha you are consuming the entire tea leaf thus you are getting more of the health benefits from the tea leaves than you would if you simply steeped the leaves in hot water. 

How Do You Make Matcha Green Tea?

Matcha green tea is rather simple to make but it takes some work. For the full instructions on how to prepare matcha green tea for drinking, we invite you to read our article on how to brew the perfect matcha green tea

Where Does Your Matcha Tea Come From?

All of our green tea, whether it be matcha, sencha, or any other kind of Japanese green tea comes from Kyoto, Japan. There, we have partnered with a local tea farm to import Japanese green tea into the United States. All of our teas are culitvated and produced using the age old tea farming methods passed down over the years. You can truely taste the history in our teas. 

What Is Your Return Policy

We guarantee 100% satisfaction with your purchase. If you are not happy, simply return your purchase for a full refund. If you are not satisfied with any tea purchase, simple return the unused portion for a full refund. To help limit the amount of tea returned, we encourage you to buy a sample of tea (if available) before buying a larger package. 

Which Grade of Matcha is Right For Me?

There are several grades of matcha green tea, all referring to the time of harvest and the place on the tea tree the leaves were harvested.

Typically, all ceremonial grade matcha is harvested in the early to mid spring season from the young tea leaves at the top of the tea tree (bush). This grade of tea is ideal for sipping.

Culinary or baking grade matcha is tea that has been harvested later in the spring time or early summer after the first harvest of matcha tea leaves and comes from the older tea leaves, which have a more bitter taste. This bitterness helps offset the sweetness of the baked goods or cooked meal to bring out a hint of matcha tea flavor.

For more information about how to select a matcha tea to drink, visit our blog here. 

How Much Matcha Can I Have Per Day?

A single serving can range from 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of powder. We recommend starting with less. See how you feel. Over time you can experiment with the ration of tea to water that best suits you. Matcha is rich in fiber and is a great way to help boost digestive health. 

What Does Matcha Taste Like?

Matcha tea is made from shade-covered tea leaves, which further increases the chlorophyll content of the leaf and produces a full bodied, creamy vegetal taste, occasionally with an astringent note, depending on the grade of tea. Other factors like temperature of water and the amount of powder to other ingredients will influence the flavor profile of your finished tea. In our flavor profiles, you will find tasting notes where we offer some suggestive aromatics and finishes of our matcha green tea. 

Does Matcha Come in Tea Bags?

No, traditional matcha is whole tea leaves stone ground into a fine powder. When you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients. Occasionally you will find matcha in tea bags, usually blended with other whole leaf teas like Sencha. This is done to help offset the natural bitterness of the tea. Not 100% authentic, this lower quality matcha does not match the same health benefits and flavor profiles of our pure matcha green tea powders. If you are looking for a true matcha green tea experience, do not buy matcha in tea bags. 

I Don't Have a Whisk, Can I Still Brew Matcha?

Of Course! Simply add 1T hot water to the matcha green tea powder in the bottom of your bowl. Make a smooth paste, then fill your bowl with more fresh hot water. However, we do recommend trying the whisk. It is uniquely suited for creating a frothy bowl of matcha tea which has an airy pleasant texture and helps to enhance the taste of the tea.

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Why Is Matcha Tea So Expensive?

From a dollar to dollar standpoint, Matcha tea is a bit more expensive than regular green tea. From a production effort, the price of Matcha meets the time it takes to produce Matcha.

Matcha production is limited. Covering the fields with bamboo mats, or tarps, weakens the tea plants, and a longer recovery period is needed before they can be harvested again. The increase in chlorophyll also means more insects will attack and destroy the delicate tea leaves. Tea leaves destroyed by insects are not used. Most farmers pick matcha leaves entirely by hand. Master tea farmers closely supervise the growing, harvesting and sorting of matcha leaves. At the factory, matcha tea production requires several processes including steaming, drying, destemming, sorting, grinding and packaging. Each stone grinder produces only about 50 grams of matcha in an hour.

Matcha has always been specially crafted tea in Japan, expensive and made in limited amounts. In feudal Japan, matcha tea was only consumed by shoguns or the wealthy class. The pricing of matcha in Japan is directly related to which leaves are used, where they were grown and which farmers cultivated it. When you look to buy matcha, you’ll find the most expensive ones are the greenest color and the softest in texture. This denotes that only the youngest leaves were used and de-spined (all coarse fibers, i.e. the stems, removed). Matcha is made in relatively limited quantities, and because it is so popular in Japan, relatively little remains for export. 

I Am Concerned About Radiation and Lead.

We are too and so is our tea farm. Regular testing is done on the wind, soil, and water to ensure that there is no signs of lead or radioactive material. All of our tea is grown and produced on grounds free of lead and radioactive materials. 

Teas imported from China are known to have trace metals such as lead. All of our tea comes directly from Japan with no other stops in between. 

Will Matcha Interfere With My Medication? Can I Take It While Pregnant?

Matcha green tea like any other herbal supplement or caffinated tea most likely will not interact with any medication or cause complications with your pregnancy. But we are not doctors and we do not give out medical advise. If you are concerned, we strongly recommend you ask your doctor before consuming any matcha green tea products.