History of Matcha
A Brief History of Matcha Green Tea
The word matcha is derived from two words: “ma” which means powder and “cha” which means tea. This directly translates to powder tea. It is believed that the first green tea seeds were brought to Japan from China by a monk who planted them on temple grounds in Kyoto.
The monk brought the idea of Zen to Japan and is believed to be the first person to grind and consume powdered matcha green tea leaves. With over 5,000 years of history, matcha green tea has been coined the most rare and premium tea out of all of the teas that you could possibly consume.
What makes matcha green tea so special?
The matcha green tea leaves are grown in the shade for three weeks which causes the leaves to produce more chlorophyll and amino acids giving matcha its vibrant green color. Because of all of the hard work that matcha has done, your body will benefit immensely from the finished product. Matcha green tea is the only tea in which the entire leaf is consumed.
Depending upon the brand of matcha green tea that you purchase, the green tea leaves go through rigorous quality control measures to ensure quality and safety of the product. After inspection, the green tea leaves are stone ground into a fine powder; followed by a thorough assessment by a matcha leaf inspector.
The "Tea Ceremony"
Another element of matcha green tea is the Japanese tea ceremony which is also called "The Way of Tea". This ceremony involves the art of preparing and presenting matcha green tea. The tea ceremony has been apart of Japanese history for hundreds of years.
Matcha isn’t prepared like your typical cup of tea, click here for a step by step guide on how to create the perfect bowl of matcha green tea.