Matcha tea is one of the most iconic and enigmatic of Japanese tea varieties. However, its origin goes way back to China, where tea leaves were crushed and mixed into the hot water on an individual basis. Over time this developed into the ritual and cultural practice of the Japanese tea ceremony, and the once crushed leaves refined into the finely ground, bright green powder. This tea cannot be consumed the same way as whole leaf tea, and therein lays the mystique and charm of matcha!
Matcha is incredible to taste and packs a level of energy unmatched in the world of tea and a natural rival to a cup of coffee any day. The flavour ranges from earthy and grass-like to truly sweet. Because matcha is the entire tea leaf that is consumed and infused right into the water, your body is getting an extra dose of antioxidants and other health benefits green tea leaves usually grant. Why? This is because all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in the leaves that may be discarded are instead being consumed directly. From aiding in boosting metabolism and concentration, matcha also grants energy akin to coffee with none of the anxiety or jitters, but instead a feeling of calm awareness.
This type of tea requires many additional utensils and accoutrements, but given one owns these tools and appliances already, then matcha is an excellent tea for both novices and tea masters alike. Enjoying matcha is healthy and beneficial to our mental well-being by reducing stress and anxiety.