Matcha Green Tea
Matcha is a form of powdered green tea. It is made from the leaves of the tea plant which are dried and ground, producing a fine powder that is dissolved in hot liquid such as milk or water and then consumed.
Most famous for its role in Japanese tea ceremonies, matcha is a form of powdered green tea that is rapidly growing in popularity in the West as both a healthy alternative to standard teas, as well as for its smooth flavour profile and relaxing properties. Matcha differs from normal green tea in that it is ground into a powder which is mixed with hot water or milk, as opposed to brewed using loose leaves or tea bags.
The green tea leaves are grown in shade for prior to harvest, which increases the levels of theanine and caffeine, resulting in a tea that is drunk for its antioxidants as well as its calming but stimulating effect. Matcha can be blended with liquids, or added to other foods such as ice cream, smoothies, desserts and baking for both colour and flavour.