What is Matcha Green Tea? Posted on 1 Jun 21:51 , 0 comments

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What is Matcha?

 To know about Matcha, it is essential to know about how to make ‘Sencha’ (cha means tea), the most common green tea in Japan.

After the young tea leaves are picked, they are steamed to  prevent oxidization. Then they are pressed and  left to dry. This process is repeated several times until finally they become Sencha. The reason why they are pressed is that by breaking up the structure of the tea leaves, the components of them are easily released when they are made into tea.

How about Matcha, then?

First of all, Matcha is defined as a stone-ground green tea powder  made from Tencha. At present, machines  are also regarded as an acceptable  method of grinding Tencha to make Matcha. What is Tencha, then?


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To make Tencha, young leaves are grown in the shade for about 20 days. Under these  conditions, L-Theanie (the source of flavour), which is made at the roots then carried  up to the leaves and stored there, is prevented from transforming into Catechin (the source of bitterness and harshness). Furthermore, this method makes tea leaves produce  more chlorophyll, resulting in deep green-colored tea leaves. These tea leaves are picked, steamed, then dried in a special drying oven called a‘Tencha oven’ without any process of pressing the tea leaves. Then they undergo the final process to become Tencha.

Authentic Matcha is made from Tencha only!

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