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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Midori Spring Ceremonial (GOLD) Matcha Green Tea Review #midorispring

We all know the benefits of Green Tea. I personally love Green Tea. But had never heard of this type of Green Tea. By this type, Midori Spring Ceremonial (GOLD) Matcha Green Tea, I mean, powdered. When I think of tea, I think tea bags.
When it arrived I was anxious to try this "new" to me tea. 

But first lets learn a little about this amazing product.

''Midori Spring’s Ceremonial Gold Matcha

Organic and Kosher Certified, 100% Pure Matcha Green Tea Powder. Harvested from the finest tea gardens in Japan. Certified, tested, and tasted by 9th Degree Tea Masters to make sure each batch is perfection.  This premium product is Ceremonial Grade and is Organic (USDA, JAS) and Kosher (OU) Certified. We only select the best raw material from our tea gardens mostly from Aichi and Kagoshima in Japan and maintain the highest standards in production. Only the best and darkest tencha are used for Gold Class. Gold Class has a fresh, sweet, green-vegetable-like aroma and the colour is a vibrant emerald green – a trait only high quality Ceremonial Grade Matcha encompass.

Bodily Benefits
There are many immediate and long term health benefits when consuming Matcha.  Premium grade Matcha is rich in antioxidants, over 137x the EGCG levels that of regular steeped tea. Organic Matcha has been shown to help (1) Increase energy levels (2) Help reduce stress and improve mental alertness (3) Support metabolism and help with weight loss 4) Support immune system and helps reduce inflammation. (5) Help the body cleanse of harmful elements.

Third Party Certifications
USDA Organic Certified by NOP Via OCIA International Agreement, JAS Organic Certified by OCIA, OU Kosher Certified, VEGAN.ORG Certified. In addition, Midori Spring Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha is also GLUTEN FREE, GMO FREE, and contains no pesticides, soy, wheat of any kind.
Taste Profile
The quality is so high that it is primarily reserved for tea ceremonies for it’s full flavor, and health benefits.
Rich, smooth and creamy with a hint of sweetness when brewed traditionally. Gold Class is smooth, creamy, earthy and has a hint of sweetness. Gold Class can be enjoyed on its own or be added into smoothies and Matcha inspired recipes.

I was particularly interested in the reduction of
inflammation since I was just taken of Mobic
after being on it for years for torn rotator cuffs.
That's not to say that I don't need help in the other areas also ;)

How to brew
Midori Spring Ceremonial (GOLD) Matcha Green Tea
Traditional Method
What you need: Matcha Bowl (Chawan), Matcha Whisk (Chasen), Bamboo Scoop (Chashaku), Small Sifter
1. Warm up matcha bowl and bamboo whisk. Place whisk in bowl and fill 1/3 of bowl with hot water. Let it sit for 1 minute, discard water. Dry bowl with clean cloth or paper towel.
2. With the bamboo scoop place 2 scoops of Midori Spring Matcha through a small sifter into bowl to avoid clumping.
3. Pour 2oz of hot water (162-169°f) into bowl and whisk briskly in a “W” motion until fine foam appears. The whisk should not scratch the bottom of the bowl.
4. Sip and Enjoy!

Quick Method
What you need: Bowl or mug, Small Wire Whisk or Milk Frother, Teaspoon
1. Place 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon of Midori Spring Matcha in mug, avoid clumps.
2. Pour 2oz of hot water (162-169°f) into mug and whisk briskly in a “W” motion until fine foam appears. Can use a small wire whisk or milk frother.
3. Sip and Enjoy!

I used the "quick method" which was very easy to make.
I have to say the bright green powdered tea made
 me automatically think healthy.
I used the smaller amount of powder, I would rather have it taste mild than to be overwhelmed and not want to try it again.
I was unable to do the “W” motion 
as suggested due to the constraints of the bowl, 
so I placed my whisk handle between my palms
and rolled it back and forth briskly.
 It worked great foaming up rather quickly.
 I, personally, didn't taste the ''hint of sweetness''
 but it did taste good, not bitter.
It did have a creamy, earthy tone which I quite enjoyed.
I look forward to trying it stronger next time.
I think it's very interesting that you ingest the whole tea leaves instead of just the steeped water. It makes sense that the benefits would be stronger. 
Midori Spring Ceremonial (GOLD) Matcha Green Tea is available on their website and Amazon
 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free or a discounted  price from Life and Food .  Regardless, I only recommend products or
services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Last of the Summer Blooms and We're in the Paper

Just a glimpse of the end of Summer blooms
before I started pruning everything in site,
which I just finished up.

Took much longer than anticipated.
I had to go off my Mobic (anti-inflammatory)
for my torn rotator cuffs.
Labs didn't come back so favorable,
been on it for years. It was a Godsend.

It was helping more than my shoulders.
My whole body has aches and pains I never had before.
My fingers ache like crazy,
making it difficult for all my Christmas projects.

But I've just been pushing through,
what else are ya gonna do, it's gotta be done!
Enough of that, lets enjoy these last bloomers

Morning routine:

Feed dogs
Give Katie meds
Let Mama in front door
(she could go around back through dog door
but we seem to be the cats doormen at their beck and call)
This particular morning I got sidetracked
cleaning house and forgot to let her in.
A few hours later I opened the front blinds
and who is sitting in my window box?

I think she watched too many Mervyn's commercials...
'Open, open, open'

On another note:

Our town had a discount pet shot clinic
and our weekly paper photographer
was there for all the 'excitement'.

It just happened Mama was the only
 one that needed shots,
(all the rest had theirs in the Spring shot clinic).
Wouldn't you know Dean snapped one of M and I
and chose to place it in the paper.
Oh joy, we looked our best, NOT! LOL

Fun times in OUR little town.


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