Oteas’s Organic Pure Matcha

Organic Pure Matcha by Oteas
Green Tea (Matcha) / Straight
$8.99 for 12g (12 packets)

Oteas has provided me with Organic Pure Matcha for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Organic Pure Matcha comes individually portioned “single serve sticks”, which each contain 1g of matcha. This makes it ideal for the matcha lover on the go since you don’t have to fiddle with spoons and whatnot – although I made this at home so I definitely bothered with the spoons and whatnot.

Organic Pure Matcha consists of 100% organic Japanese green tea leaves in powder form. The packet was easy to open because of the notch at the top of the packaging. It comes out of the packaging easily. The matcha powder has a light grassy aroma and is a nice bright green colour.

As a side note, the packaging says that the tea is handpicked – which is important to note because all the good matcha is. Being mechanically picked means that there’s often sticks/twigs and other unwanted vegetal matter that winds up in the mix.

Preparation

Oteas recommends mixing 1 single serve stick of Organic Pure Matcha with 80-90°C (176-194°F) water and to whisk until it becomes a “smooth, creamy consistency”. I used 85°F (185°C) water and whisked it in my matcha bowl until I got a layer of bubbly foam on top.

First Taste

I found that Organic Pure Matcha becomes a nice dark green when whisked with the water. There a light grassy aroma from the matcha. When I drink it, I note that there are some grassy and vegetal notes – it reminds me a lot of spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables. There is a bit of salty/savoury quality to the matcha that hints to some lovely umami notes.

A Second Cup?

As always, matcha cannot be resteeped.

My Overall Impression

I loved Oteas’s Organic Pure Matcha. I really enjoyed the travel-friendly nature of these pre-portioned ‘serve sticks’ -i it just makes for an easier time making matcha wherever I go. I don’t work in an office setting, so I don’t have a designated desk where I can keep a cup of tea or tea stash at work, so I’ve tucked a packet of matcha into my lunch bag in order to make a quick cup of matcha during my break and it’s just so handy. I really enjoyed the flavour of this straight matcha. If you’re not as big of a fan of the salty qualities of matcha, I would recommend turning it into a latte with a bit of sweetener and milk to help temper the salty notes (and maybe add some ice for a real summer treat!).

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4 thoughts on “Oteas’s Organic Pure Matcha

  1. A friend told me about this tea. She said she was having problems with cramps and pain in her feet and someone recommended she try Oteas Organic Pure Matcha. She has been taking it every night for a few months now and swears by it. She said she would never go without it now. My question is, does it really help with cramps and pain?? I have to see a specialist mid December because of these same problems and was wondering if this tea has medicinal benefits also. Please reply to my email. I would like to hear from you before I purchase and start using this product. If it works like that, I too will not want to go without it ever.
    Thank you
    Mary
    mbigford53@gmail.com

    1. Hi Mary,

      Thanks for your comment! I really can’t say anything towards your friend having less leg pain and cramps after drinking matcha, because I’m not her healthcare provider and nor do I know the details regarding the origin of her pain. I would highly recommend asking your specialist that you’ll be seeing in the upcoming weeks about the use of green tea and/or matcha for alleviating pain. Don’t forget, even though you both have (or had) leg cramps and leg pain, it doesn’t mean that it’s identical in origin, so touching base with your healthcare provider is the way to go. Hope that helps!

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