What is matcha?

Where does matcha come from?

Our matcha journey begins at the source – green tea plants grown in the southern region of Japan, an area with the ideal climate and soil conditions for cultivating superior green tea. We import directly from Japanese green tea farms in Uji and Shizuoka, where the highest grades of green tea are produced.

How is matcha made?

Green tea plants require a balance of sun and shade to maintain their rich, deep green color and nutritional value. Too much sun causes the leaves to produce more chlorophyll, which turns the leaves a lighter shade of green and results in lower quality matcha. Once the shaded tea leaves are harvested and dried, they’re referred to as “tencha”. After the tencha leaves have their stems removed, they’re ground into fine powder by large granite stone mills, and the end result is matcha.

stone ground matcha
What does matcha taste like?

High quality matcha has a deep, dark green color and a smooth texture that’s similar to talcum powder. There are many different ways to prepare matcha, but when prepared with a hot liquid and whisked, matcha creates a foam of fine, small bubbles. Premium and ceremonial grade matcha have a creamy, vegetal taste with a sweet, grassy finish.

What are the health benefits of matcha?

Drinking green tea has a number of health benefits – but because matcha is ground into a fine powder rather than steeped, it concentrates the already high nutritional value of green tea. Matcha is rich in antioxidants, compounds that have the power to neutralize cancer-causing free radical damage in the body. Antioxidants can also keep you smarter and sharper for longer – they’ve been shown to slow cognitive deterioration in older adults and improve information processing speeds in the brain. Matcha also contains L-Theanine, a unique amino acid that when combined with caffeine, helps you feel calm and alert without the jitters. A cup of matcha has less caffeine than a cup of coffee, but its energizing effects are more intense and longer lasting. Check out the complete list of matcha health benefits to learn more.

You deserve to feel like your best self and experience the amazing health benefits of matcha. That’s why 3 Leaf Tea demands the highest standards from our tea suppliers. We’re committed to giving our customers the best experience with the purest, highest quality matcha.


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