In Japan Matcha is the centrepiece of the Tea Ceremony.
To make Matcha you first cultivate the finest Green Tea. Just before picking, the leaf is shaded for 2-3 weeks. Depriving the leaf of sunlight increases its polyphenol count and makes for a richer flavour.
Once picked the leaf has its stem and veins removed. This process produces what is known as ‘tencha’. The remaining flesh is then ground down using a pestle and mortar into powder form.
To drink Matcha place 1g of the powdered leaf into a bowl and add to it a small amount of warm water (between 40-70 degrees). Whisk away in an M movement for 10-20 seconds. Once you create a smooth, creamy head your Matcha is now ready to drink!