Matcha Matcha Man

I just found out about Matcha, join the 21st centry, Dave.  I tried a drink at Starbucks, really good.  Sweet though so maybe a lattee?

My Vietnamese acquaintance, who knows everything, hooked me up with a Matcha kit. It’s really neat.  I did not realize it; but the art and science of making a cup of Matcha is the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Attention to detail is amazing. 

Matcha is a green tea, duh, made from the leaves of a Camiella tree/plant. Tea plants used for matcha are shade-grown for three to four weeks before harvest; the stems and veins are removed during processing. During shaded growth, the plant Camellia sinensis produces more theanine and caffeine. The powdered form of matcha is consumed differently from tea leaves or tea bags, as it is suspended in a liquid, typically water or milk.

A cup of matcha tea

The traditional Japanese tea ceremony, typically known as “chanoyu”, centers on the preparation, serving and drinking of matcha as hot tea, and embodies a meditative spirituality. In modern times, matcha is also used to flavor and dye foods such as mochi and soba noodles, green tea ice cream, matcha lattes and a variety of Japanese wagashi confectionery.

My Matcha Kit – Tools of the trade Ready for a tea ceremony.  Gotta love the caffeine!!

All kidding aside, what is neat is that the tea leves come from a variety of the Camellia. And that this method of making tea has been going on since the 15th century. Mankind is amazing!!  Enjoy!!!!

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