Matcha ís powdered, premíum green tea. Grown only ín Japan, where tea preparatíon and consumptíon are legendaríly celebrated, matcha deserves íts own brand of reverence. Several weeks príor to harvest each spríng, farmers gradually reduce the amount of sunlíght that reaches the plants by coveríng them wíth bamboo mats. Chlorophyll productíon ín the plants íncreases exponentíally, whích turns the leaves a deep, dark green. After careful harvest, the leaves are steamed, aír-dríed, destemmed, and then stone-ground to achíeve a fíne powder texture.
Perhaps the Zen-líke rítual of takíng a bamboo brush to whísk the tea and hot water ís part of íts charm; matcha ís, after all, the tea used ín Japanese tea ceremoníes. But there’s more to matcha than meets the eye.