Matcha, the focal point of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, is a fine powder made by grinding green tea leaves. Only the finest, young, shade-grown gyokuro tea leaves are used to create matcha. The leaves are plucked and laid out flat to dry. Veins are removed and the leaves, now called tencha, are carefully ground in granite mills until they become the precious powder. Easy preparation is achieved by placing 1 teaspoon of matcha per cup (or to taste) in a cup, adding a few drops of hot water (160-180°F) and stirring with a spoon until a paste forms. Add the rest of the water and stir.
Our matcha comes from Uji, Kyoto, Japan, and is a first harvest, spring tea. A Samidori cultivar, it is considered a high grade for everyday consumption.
Fresh From Origin
The famous powdered green tea of the Japanese tea ceremony, matcha is made in several steps. First, the tender young leaves of the Gyuokuro plant are plucked. Then, they are made into tencha, whereby the veins of each leaf is removed and discarded. The remaining leaf is laid out flat to be dried. The final step is to take the dried tencha and grind them in specially created granite mills until they’re a silky fine powder. In chanoyu, guests often show their pleasure to the host by drinking a cup in three dedicated full sips.