Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT MATCHA

What is the shelf life of matcha?

Unopened and properly stored matcha has a shelf life of 1 year.

Once opened, we recommend consuming your matcha within 90 days to make the most of the quality and freshness of My Matcha Fix.


How do I store matcha?

Matcha is a delicate tea so it is essential to store it properly to maximise its quality and freshness. Matcha is sensitive to light, heat and moisture and should be stored away from these elements.

Storing matcha in a refrigerator, sealed in its bag or airtight container, is the best way to ensure your matcha stays fresh for longer.

You may also store matcha in the freezer to extend its shelf life.


Can matcha go bad or expire?

While matcha does not necessarily expire or become unsafe to consume, matcha's vibrant green colour and flavour can deteriorate to become dull, stale and bitter.

We recommend storing your matcha away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture and consuming it within 90 days once opened.


What does matcha taste like?

Our Original Matcha Green Tea blend has a grassy, slightly sweet flavour with a delicate astringency.

A good cup of matcha should never be bitter. Bitterness is due to several factors including its freshness, grade and origin.

It is better to be selective and not compromise on price when choosing matcha for consumption. For drinking and cooking, we recommend selecting only ceremonial grade or premium grade matcha harvested from Japan for the best flavour and quality.


How much matcha can I drink in a day?

You only need to drink 1-2 cups a day (2g or 1/2 teaspoon serving per cup) to get the benefits of matcha.

We recommend no more than 5 cups or servings per day.


Does matcha contain caffeine?

Yes. A serving (2g or 1/2 teaspoon) contains about 36mg of caffeine or about one third of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.


I'm sensitive to caffeine. Is matcha ok for me to drink?

Yes. Matcha is simply the best healthy alternative available to coffee drinkers who are wanting to reduce their caffeine intake or for those sensitive to caffeine.

Unlike coffee, matcha is free from the potential negative side effects of caffeine such as anxiety, increased heart rate, heart palpitations, jitteriness, dizziness and nausea.

This is thanks to not only a reduced amount of caffeine in matcha but high levels of an important amino acid called L-theanine, found most commonly in tea leaves. Together, caffeine and L-theanine produce alpha brain wavesβ€”a state of calm alertness that results in increased focus, mental clarity, productivity and sustained energy over 4-6 hours.

While coffee is linked to spiked cortisol levels, dehydration, caffeine crashes and adrenal fatigue, matcha is a clean source of energy that also provides a number of health and beauty benefits.


Is matcha safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women?

Yes, matcha is generally safe to consume during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

In general, pregnant and breastfeeding women should limit their caffeine intake to 200mg per day. One serving size of matcha (2g or 1/2 teaspoon) contains 36mg of caffeine.

We recommend consulting with your doctor about your individual recommended daily intake.


Is matcha safe for me if I have Type-2 Diabetes?

Yes. In fact, matcha is good for Type-2 Diabetes sufferers as it can help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, in conjunction with a healthy, balanced diet and your doctor's supervision

Does matcha cause weight loss?

Green tea contains bioactive polyphenolic compounds, including an antioxidant catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).

Several studies over the last 20 years report green tea and EGCG influence fat burning and weight loss. A recent study in 2010 by European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that low doses of EGCG (300mg) taken after meals increased fat oxidation by up to 33%.

With one cup of matcha green tea containing up to 109mg of EGCG, 3 times more than any other green tea, matcha is potentially effective for increasing metabolism and weight loss.


What is the difference between certified organic and non-certified organic matcha?

At My Matcha Fix, we source only certified organic matcha. While both certified organic and non-certified organic matcha maintain the same high amount of antioxidants, we believe the best quality matcha should adhere to strict farming standards and practices.

Certified organic matcha is free from GMOs, pesticides, toxic soil quality and other unethical farming practices. Choosing certified organic matcha will ensure you get the most natural and rich experience, from leaf to mind, body and spirit, the way Mother Nature intended.


What is the difference between Chinese and Japanese matcha?

China is one of the world's top producers and exporters of tea including matcha, with 83% of green tea found in grocery stores originating from China, while less than 1% of green tea comes from Japan.

Despite a large percentage of green tea and matcha being produced in China, we believe there is a big difference between the two countries when it comes to the quality of farming and production.

While matcha was first introduced to Japan by way of China, a rich culture and history developed around matcha in Japan, rooted in Zen Buddhism and the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Over the centuries, Japanese tea artisans have perfected the harvesting and production methods of matcha and maintained a pristine agricultural environment for tea production.

On the other hand, Chinese matcha on the market is often low grade and subject to unsafe levels of pollution, lead contamination, poor quality control and lack of compliance with consumer safety standards, which is often reflected in its lower prices.


Does matcha contain lead?

While no soil is ever 100% free of traces of lead, green tea grown in Japan is generally at safe levels for consumption.

A study testing 139 Japanese green tea samples for traces of lead found none exceeded safe levels, while another study found some Chinese green tea varieties to exceed unsafe levels. Therefore, we recommend only purchasing matcha originating from Japan.


Is Japanese matcha safe from radiation?

Yes. Our beautiful tea farm where our matcha is harvested, in southern Kyoto, along with the rest of Japan's famous tea region were fortunately unaffected by the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami which resulted in a nuclear power plant disaster.

Fukushima is located in north Japan, about 700km (435 miles) away from southern Kyoto, and the destruction site sits along the east coast where wind and water currents carried most of the radiation off the mainland and far out to sea.


Why is matcha more expensive than green tea?

Producing matcha is a more complex, largely artisanal process, requiring more time and labour than mass-produced tea bags or whole leaf tea.

In addition, Japanese matcha is the highest quality in the world, but not the most accessible, with less than 1% of green tea (including matcha) imported from Japan.

GENERAL

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept payments with Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Apple Pay and PayPal.


Do you ship internationally?

Yes, My Matcha Fix ships worldwide.

Go to our Shipping & Delivery page to find out about our shipping costs and more.


Where does your matcha come from?

Our matcha is harvested in Kyoto, Japan.


What organic certifications does your matcha have?

Our matcha has stringent organic certifications from the Japanese Agricultural Organic Standard (JAS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and European Union (EU).


Can I buy My Matcha Fix in bulk?

Yes. Please email us at wholesale@mymatchafix.com about bulk and wholesale orders of My Matcha Fix products.