Matcha is a smooth, rich, and comforting beverage. It is hailed as one of the most favorite drinks in Japan, that too for centuries. This powdered green tea gained immense popularity in recent years, especially across the West. Match is an earthy powder that makes a perfect ingredient for lattes and desserts or even with hot water or milk. There are plenty of health benefits that made the buzz about its perks. Read on to learn all about them!
MATCHA + CAFFEINE = CALMNESS
A BRIEF GLIMPSE OF MATCHA’S HISTORY
Match is mostly grown and ground in Japan, but surprisingly it has roots in China. Green tea was powdered and dried into bricks during the Tang Dynasty. People would break off small pieces and stir them in hot water so as to produce a soothing and energizing drink.
Match was brought to Japan by the father of Zen Buddhism, a Chinese monk. The word ‘matcha’ means ‘powdered tea’ which became popular amongst Samurai warriors and members of royalty. Matcha was readily accepted by to Japanese population, who loved it for its earthy taste, revitalizing energy, and healthy boost. In the 21st century, matcha was recognized for its excellent antioxidative properties, distinct flavor, and versatility. As a result, matcha cakes, lattes, and smoothies can be found on many cafe menus and Instagram feeds throughout the world.
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