By now you’ve surely heard about that fabulously good for you tea called Matcha. But what is it – where does it come from – and why should you care. Matcha today is uniquely Japanese – but this wasn’t always the case. This loaded with goodness ground tea was first made in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and continued in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Initially, the steamed tea leaves were formed in bricks to help with storage and trade – these bricks were then pulverized and dissolved in hot water with salt. In the Song Dynasty that followed, whipping the steamed powdered tea leaves in a bowl with hot water became popular – this preparation was then made into a ritual by Zen Buddhist monks. It was in 1191 that Zen Buddhism along with the green tea powder ritual was brought to Japan by the monk Eisai. The powdered tea ritual was eventually forgotten in China – but the Japanese not only adopted it, they perfected it and then turned it into the Japanese Tea Ceremony (a subject that deserves its very own post).
To add this amazing tea to your daily routine in a very simple way – we’ve introduced…Matcha Sticks. Each stick is perfectly portioned for one bottle of water – simply add Matcha, shake well and enjoy – no sugar – no additives – just the real thing.