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Tea: Matcha

Matcha has been in trend for a couple of years now. The most we know about matcha is the vibrant green color in a powder form, which is very different from the tea leaves that we steep with hot water. In this series of introduction to tea, we would like to present you the origin of matcha and how you can enjoy this exquisite taste of drink.

Matcha powder. Credit: MeiJi & Co.

Matcha powder. Credit: MeiJi & Co.

Matcha was known to be originated from Japan. However, according to history, matcha was introduced to Japan from China back in 10th or 12 the century. Whoever interested in Japanese culture knows that Japanese has this talent of learning from other cultures but take the products and transform to a higher level. Food and drink is by far the most impressive products we have seen in the modern world. For more about Japan, I am going to cover some aspects later on in our blog, based on my 4 trips to Japan.

The most important difference that makes Matcha stand out from other teas is the process of preparation, namely the farming, processing, and serving. From the start, matcha is a type of green tea but a very young one. On the 3rd or 4th week of the growing stage, the leaves are covered from direct sunlight prior to be harvested. Once being hand-picked, the leaves is to be laid out flat to dry, then veins and stems are removed before being stone-grounded into the fine powder we have seen.

Afternoon tea setting in Tokyo, Japan.

Afternoon tea setting in Tokyo, Japan. Credit: MeiJi & Co.

The traditional tea ceremony in Japan composes a bowl, a spoon, a bamboo whisk, matcha, and hot water. The way I like it is to mix with warm milk, pretty much as they call it match latte, without adding sugar. Nowadays, there are various confectioneries flavoured with match, such as ice cream, ea, and mochi. Leave your comment below, let me know how you like your matcha!

How I made my Matcha Latte at home.

Macy xxx

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