Matcha means ‘rubbed or ground tea’ and it is the Japanese word for powdered green tea which is traditionally reserved for the Japanese Tea Ceremony, but has now become a popular ingredient in many designer drinks from franchises like Starbucks. The finest quality Matcha is hand-picked to make sure that only the unopened tea bud and top two leaves are selected. The tea-leaves selected to become Matcha are called Tencha. The Tencha leaves are then ground up in granite stone-grinders to a very fine, talc-like powder called Matcha.
Matcha green tea has a higher chlorophyll and L-Theanine content and a deeper green color. L-Theanine is an amino acid specific to green tea that provides unique health benefits and a sweet flavor.