Matcha is a fine, powdered green tea that originated in Japan. The last four weeks before harvest the tea plants are placed in the shade with mats or sails (this tea is called Tencha). The plant responds with increased production of chlorophyll, so the final tea gets a stronger flavor. During harvest only the finest tea leaves are selected. These are then steamed, dried and pulverized (in a traditional stone mortar) so that eventually a green powder remains. It takes about an hour to so grind 40 grams of Matcha! The powder in water from a 60 to 70 °C is to be whipped to a frothy green liquid. Depending on the quality of the tea, the liquid is thickening or more fluid, don't beat longere than 30 seconds. Matcha is an exclusive drink, slightly bitter taste and very rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It also contains caffeine. (source wikipedia) edited by

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