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Matcha as a Popular Trend

The cultural ceremony of drinking Japanese Matcha green tea is these days optional. Historically, the finely powdered tea leaves would be to sift it through a fine strainer scoop 1/2 to 2 teaspoons into a tea bowl depending on taste add 1/4 to 1/3 cup hot water whisk the mix together with a brisk motion until a soft foam appears.

But these days most recipes a person will find online will simply add the powder to most any drink or food item of choice. Its natural flavor is earthy and ‘green’ as is its natural color. It can color your ice cream or smoothie so that taking in the health benefits of Matcha can be fun and creative.

Matcha is made from shade-grown tea leaves also used to make gyokuro, unlike other forms of powdered tea. Shade slows down growth, turning the leaves a darker shade of green and causes the production of amino acids that result in a sweeter tea. To go a grade further would be to use the soft and supple leaves from the very top.

After the harvest, the leaves are laid out flat for the drying process, still in the shade or even indoors. Once they begin to reach the crumble point, they are de-veined, de-stemmed, and stone ground to a powder. To look at what is now the Matcha powder, you would see that it is fine like talc and bright green.

Matcha has become a common ingredient in sweets. It can be

  • mixed with milk and sugar as a drink
  • added as a flavoring for cakes and pastries
  • added to puddings and desserts
  • the options are as limitless as your imagination.

Why Matcha? Because it is healthy, colorful, flavorful, and somewhat elite. Popular trends show that people prefer it when looking for something special, out of the ordinary, beyond the routine. It’s a conversation piece at the table. Matcha, more than other teas, truly does have a rich heritage and history.

Matcha Green Tea comparison chart


About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea.

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  1. Pingback: Matcha ~ About the Flavor « Matchagt's Blog

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