Matcha Green Tea

Matcha tea is a powdered form of green tea. It is made from tea leaves specially grown in the shade. The leaves are dried (again in the shade) and then ground to a fine powder. The special growing and drying in the shade is responsible for the lovely bright green colour of Matcha powder.

matcha powder and liquid

Matcha tea is a highly prized green tea. It is used in Japanese tea drinking ceremonies as well as Buddhist ceremonies.To make tea, you whisk the matcha powder  in a bowl with hot water. This forms a bright green frothy tea which, traditionally, you consume on its own.

You can add milk, turning it into a matcha tea latte. You can also use the matcha powder to flavour cakes and other desserts. My first experience of matcha was in green tea ice cream in Seoul, South Korea.

matcha dessert
matcha green tea dessert


matcha green tea flavoured cake
matcha green tea flavoured cake
matcha green tea and macadamia nut cookies cookies
matcha green tea and macadamia nut cookies cookies
matcha green tea chocolate
matcha green tea chocolate


What is the point of using powdered tea instead of just steeping the tea leaves, you may ask. The logic behind matcha powder is that this way you are using the dried  leaves in their entirety. In the every day infusion or steeping method of making tea, the leaves are discarded so that you don’t get all of their benefits. This powdered tea has a slightly higher caffeine content than conventional green tea but it is also much higher in the good stuff (anti-oxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals).

matcha health benefits

14 thoughts on “Matcha Green Tea

    1. Like I said before to Sadje, it is am acquired taste.

      Like you, I had not heard of it either until a trip to the Far East in 2017.
      But since then it has become a popular food fad and can be found in the gourmet or health food section in most supermarkets.

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  1. If you buy the ceremonial or tea ceremony quality it will not be bitter the lower the grade of tea then it will be bitter the same as green tea if you leave the leaves in then it will be bitter …I also use my leaves as compost for plant pots they love it…Love matcha ice cream and desserts 🙂

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