Ok, so your friends are all drinking Starbucks Matcha Smoothies and you are wondering what this deep green tea really is.  Not a problem.  In this article I explain the ins and outs of drinking Matcha tea.  Check it out:

Matcha is a type of green tea that is fine and powdery in its finished form. It hails from Japan, and has been used since centuries long ago in Japanese tea ceremonies. This type of tea is sometimes spelled as “maccha”, so be sure not to get confused with the way in which it is spelled. Matcha and Maccha are the same tea.

Matcha not only makes an exquisite tea to drink, but it is also used to add flavor to foods such as mochi, soba noodles, grean tea ice cream, and wagashi. Adding a touch or sprinkle of this fine-tasting tea to such foods can lead to a otherworldy taste adventure! Matcha can be served with traditional Japanese sweets or a variety of other tasty treats that your customer may enjoy.

Nishio and Aichi are the most famous regions of Japan that produce Matcha. These regions are both located on the island of Honshu. Unfortunately, Matcha can be extremely hard to locate outside of Japan. However, some good Internet and business research skills will surely put Matcha within a tea cup’s reach!  I recommend trying: http://www.Harney.com

Many weeks before it is harvested, Matcha tea bushes are covered to prevent them from being exposed to the direct light from the sun. If the bushes are not covered, their growth will slow, and their leaves will become a dark shade of green. This means that more amino acids will be produced in the leaves, and cause the end tea product to be very sweet. After the Matcha tea leaves are harvested, they are laid out flat and given an opportunity to dry. Once they dry, some leaves crumble. The leaves that crumble are known as tencha. Only these tencha leaves are then are ground into a powdery, talc-like substance known as Matcha.

Matcha contains a high level of Catechins. If you are not already familiar with the term, Catechins are bioflavonoids, polyphenols, and powerful anti-oxidants that many scientists belive can fight off tumors and enhance the function of the human immune system. Matcha contains no calories, fat, or carbohydrates. It is pure and strong source of vitamins and mineral nutrients that help with a body’s growth and digestion. Many researchers also concur that drinking Matcha tea slows down the aging process and helps people live longer.

The benefits of Matcha and other green teas have become so popular today in North America, that these tea powders are actually being added to cereals, energy bars, candy, desserts, and chocolates that are eaten every day by millions of people. Matcha is also being widely used in a variety of drinks other than tea. It is used all over the world in tasty drinks such as lattes, milkshakes, smoothies… and even alcholic beverages! If you  want to combine health with fun, high quality, and good tatse, Matcha may be just what they are looking for.

Here are a recipe video to get you started:

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