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What is Matcha?

Matcha is a type of green tea made by pulverizing shade grown green tea leaves into a fine powder.The shading process increases the chlorophyll content in the leaves, which helps them preserve theanine, an antioxidant amino acid that fights against stress, and provides the particular sweetness and umami.Instead of steeping tea leaves into water, matcha is consumed whole as powdered leaves, resulting in a higher nutrition intake.

Shade Growing

Several weeks prior to the harvest season in spring, the tea leaves are covered to block out the sunlight. This results in amplifying the production of chlorophyl and amino acids in the leaves. The unique shading process gives matcha its distinctive health benefits, and a deep, intense, umami flavour.

Labour Intensive Harvesting

Once the tea leaves are ready for harvest, the tea leaves are picked by hand or machine. These leaves are then steamed and dried. Next, the dried leaves are sorted by grade – only the best leaves are selected for ceremonial grade matcha.

Stone Grinding

The final step of creating matcha is the process of stone-grinding into a fine powder. Stone-grinding by hand will take hours to produce several grams of tea, and still a process used today.

Matcha is a type of green tea made by pulverizing shade grown green tea leaves into a fine powder.The shading process increases the chlorophyll content in the leaves, which helps them preserve theanine, an antioxidant amino acid that fights against stress, and provides the particular sweetness and umami.Instead of steeping tea leaves into water, matcha is consumed whole as powdered leaves, resulting in a higher nutrition intake.

 

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SHADE GROWING

Several weeks prior to the harvest season in spring, the tea leaves are covered to block out the sunlight. This results in amplifying the production of chlorophyl and amino acids in the leaves. The unique shading process gives matcha its distinctive health benefits, and a deep, intense, umami flavour.

LABOUR INTENSIVE HARVESTING

Once the tea leaves are ready for harvest, the tea leaves are picked by hand or machine. These leaves are then steamed and dried. Next, the dried leaves are sorted by grade – only the best leaves are selected for ceremonial grade matcha.

STONE GRINDING

The final step of creating matcha is the process of stone-grinding into a fine powder. Stone-grinding by hand will take hours to produce several grams of tea, and still a process used today.