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Matcha (Green Powdered Tea)

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Matcha (Green Powdered Tea)

Matcha is a powder made by grinding steamed new tea leaves, with stems and leaf veins removed, in a millstone. This powder is dissolved in boiled water and drunk. The unique deep green color of matcha is created by covering the tea plant to block sunlight two to three weeks before picking.
The custom of preparing matcha was established during the Muromachi period (1338-1573) and spread by Sen no Rikyu (1552-1591). The preparation of matcha for guests in a tea ceremony is one example of culture that expresses Japanese hospitality.
A Green Tea Boom Sweeping the World
With the emergence of green teas sold in PET bottles that can be drunk easily anywhere, a green tea boom is sweeping not only Japan, but also the world. Green tea is high profile these days as a healthy beverage that can lower cholesterol levels and has antioxidants such as vitamin C and catechin.