What is Matcha
Matcha is a word that means powdered tea. Matcha and green tea derive from the same Camellia sinensis tea plant. The term umami translates to deliciousness and is used to describe the taste of matcha.
Green tea and matcha differ primarily in cultivation and production methods. In the preparation of green tea, all of the plant leaves are brewed and discarded, whereas with matcha, the entire leaf is ground into powder and then consumed.
The origins of green tea began in China, where the tea was ground into powder and used as medicine. This powder became known as matcha further in history. Matcha was introduced into Japan by the Zen Buddhist Monks. They partook in the matcha tea during communion, saying it enabled them to focus, concentrate better, and instil order in daily life. The community of Zen Buddhism celebrated matcha, and this influenced the formation of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The matcha diversified into different preparations, known as Usucha and Koicha. Special tea-wares were crafted and used for various tea ceremonies, with unique protocols and etiquette accompanying these.
The chawan (tea bowl) was second only to the chairé (the matcha tea container) in importance. Historically chawan's, especially the chairé, became much sought after objects of desire and treasured pieces often commanding high prices. Many are now national treasures. Matcha became a symbol of elitism.
Matcha brings benefits that fulfil many vital areas in modern life, such as a valuable ingredient that boldly colours and flavours varied cuisines and health benefits.
Matcha has been at the forefront of medical research. The latest scientific literature shows matcha to be helpful in preventing or controlling many types of diseases. Including organically grown matcha in your daily regime can improve health and fitness and control weight gain.
The Japanese Tea Ceremony, also known as The Way of Tea, lives on through its teachings in the present-day tea ceremony. Its influence continues to build, healthy cohesive families and strong communities in society embracing these benefits.