What is Matcha Tea?

Published Thursday, March 21, 2019

What is Matcha tea?

Matcha comes from the same plant that originates all green, white, and black teas: the camellia sinensis bush. The name “matcha” literally means “powdered tea.” The best matcha comes from Japan.

How Is Matcha Tea Different?

The matcha process begins while the green tea leaves are still growing. The plants are shaded before harvesting to increase chlorophyll and amino acid content and to improve the appearance and flavor of the tea. This gives matcha its brilliant green color. A cup of matcha has about three times the antioxidants of regular green tea. Once the leaves are harvested, steamed, dried, and blended, they are ground up into a fine powder that you mix into hot or cold water. The result? You’re actually drinking the entire tea leaf!

What Does Matcha Tea Taste Like?

Most people find matcha teas have a strong, grassy flavor — similar to wheatgrass or even spinach or asparagus.

Studies Claim Matcha has Multiple Health Benefits:

- Heart health

- Healthy cholesterol levels

- Anti-aging, reducing damage from free radicals

- Stronger immune system

- Improved cognitive function

- Healthy metabolism

- Improved mood and focus due to high levels of amino acids

- Detox

Does Quality Matter?

“Ceremonial” matcha is the highest quality. It has a beautiful, vivid green color and the powder is very soft and smooth. This Japanese matcha is the best for drinking.

“Culinary” matcha is slightly darker green and a bit more gritty, but perfectly acceptable for using in recipes.

New Books n Collection

We’ve just added three new titles to our collection for you to check out and familiarize yourself with this wonderful tea. Take a look!

Matcha : a lifestyle guide by Jessica Flint
The Book of Matcha : superfood recipes for green tea powder by Louise Cheadle
Cook with Matcha & Green Tea : Ultimate guide & recipes for brewing and cooking with matcha & green tea by Kei Nishida

About the Author

Cary is our Development & Outreach Librarian. Her “perfect” day is reading or watching British crime fiction with a cup of hot tea close at hand and her cats Clio & Ash on her lap.