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Matcha is a tea made from powdered green tea leaves which are mixed with water to create a deeply satisfying and incredibly healthy beverage.

Matcha is the original medicinal form of green tea. Instead of infusing your leaves and throwing out the vast majority of the goodness, you ingest the tea leaves whole thus enjoying 100% of green tea's goodness. It is quite simply, one of the healthiest beverages on the planet and one of the best drinks you can add to your diet.

Cultivation and Processing

Matcha is made by grinding down the green tea leaves in a stone grinder into a fine powder. Nothing is added, nothing is extracted, what remains is the essence of tea. Tea leaves that are chosen to become matcha are generally the youngest leaves on the tea plant and are picked by hand. The stems and veins are removed before grinding so only the healthiest part of the plant remains. Additionally matcha is shade grown to be especially sweet and mild in taste. This is due to exceptionally high levels of L-theanine - an amino acid that calms and relaxes the mind. See more in our cultivation page.

Preparation and taste

As matcha is a powder it can be prepared in a number of different ways, from a thick espresso-like tea ceremony tea, to a regular tea or a completely mild tea depending on the amount of water added. Additionally, matcha works incredibly well mixed into other substances; smoothies, juices and milkshakes all benefit from adding a little scoop of matcha powder. As matcha can be prepared like an espresso, all the things one can enjoy with coffee one can do with matcha - lattes, cappucinos, mochas etc. Matcha is also a hugely popular ingredient in green tea ice cream, green tea cupcakes etc. There is no limit to how it can be taken. See our Preparation page for more ideas.

History and Tea ceremony

Green tea was brought to Japan from China in the 9th century by Buddhist monks, but one in particular, a revered Zen saint named Eisai, introduced matcha in 1191. Though initially used as a medicine, it gained popularity among the nobility and tea parties became very popular. Sen no Rikyu laid down the foundations of Tea Ceremony in the 16th century and Chado or the Way of Tea has become a touchstone of Japanese culture - flower arranging, calligraphy, Japanese interior design and even philosophy have all been heavily influenced by this ceremony. See our Tea Ceremony page for info and a lovely video.