What is Matcha? Everything You Need to Know about This Hot Trend

Matcha is a traditional Japanese tea that has become popular in modern society because of its health benefits. It is a high-grade powdered green tea that is rich in antioxidants. The green tea powder is mixed in hot water and consumed. Matcha has become popular worldwide and is used in beverages and cooking ingredients. Many people regard matcha as the most aromatic form of tea with vibrant green color and unique non-bitter taste. Here is everything you need to know about matcha and why it is gaining popularity in the United States.
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Matcha Origins

Matcha originates from Japan. The Japanese Zen priests from China Buddhist monasteries returned to Japan with tea plant seeds and bushes. Eisai, a young priest, introduced the growing and drinking of "beaten tea" as a method of meditation ritual for the Japanese Buddhist monks. He later popularized what he termed a "way of tea" to the rest of Japan.

Matcha became more popular and revered when Japan's samurai class took up ceremonial tea drinking. The samurai class members were cultured, and fearsome warriors highly ranked in the Japanese caste society. The Samurai class further developed the Japanese tea ceremony into a cultural tradition with many detailed steps. The tea ceremony became integral to training warriors to concentrate, sharpen focus, and learn patience. The Way of Tea remains a widespread practice in Japan to date.

Traditional Usage

Matcha was used traditionally to conduct tea ceremonies.

Why Matcha Has Become Popular in the US

Matcha green tea has become popular in the United States because of its impressive nutritional benefits. The plant has a good balance of L-Theanine an amino acid with natural properties that promote relaxation and focus. Matcha is sought after for its antioxidant properties and as a delicious option for many tea lovers. Matcha's distinctive flavor makes it incorporable into many desserts or beverages. With many consumers making health-conscious decisions regarding foods and drinks, matcha will continue to attract much attention in the US and globally.
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In a few simple steps, you can make your own delicious hot or iced café style lattes at home. You'll get the great taste of matcha in an option that will leave you relaxed and satisfied any time of day. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
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