The famous matcha is a soft green powder made from the green tea leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant; most green teas are made from this plant. But for matcha, the plant is grown and prepared differently, giving you a unique and more powerful taste.
Studies say that the idea of powdered tea leaves (matcha) sprung in China in the 12th century. A Buddhist monk then brought matcha to Japan. Today, talented chefs have taken this fine tea powder and used it to make beautiful green desserts and beverages!
Matcha plays an important role in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, where matcha powder and hot water are whisked together with a bamboo whisk in a tea bowl. This is called temae, or the ceremonial way of making tea. This way, you consume the entire tea leaf and take in more health benefits.