Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and handpicked green tea leaves. Unlike regular green tea, matcha is cultivated using traditional Japanese methods—from growing and harvesting, to the grinding. Weeks before the tea leaves are harvested, the plants are covered to reduce the amount of sunlight absorbed by the leaves; increasing the chlorophyll production and turning the leaves into a deep green color that is indicative of the matcha powder's quality.
The Ceremonial Grade Matcha is the highest quality matcha used for traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. It has a vibrant green color and fresh grassy notes. A teaspoon (approx. 5 grams) of the powder makes a potent tea that is luxuriously rich and creamy.
Matcha can also be blended into drinks and making desserts. Less than 1 teaspoon of the powder can make around 30 sandwiches of French macaroons or 1 matcha sponge cake.