Matcha Sticks - Traditional
Matcha Sticks - Traditional

Matcha Sticks - Traditional

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Matcha is a fine powder made by grinding green tea leaves and it is the focal point of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.  The finest, young, shade-grown gyokuro tea leaves are used and they are plucked and laid out flat to dry.  The veins are removed and the leaves, now called tencha, are carefully ground until they become the precious powder.

To prepare, place 1 teaspoon of matcha power per cup, or to your taste, in a cup and add a few drops of hot water (160-180F).  Stir with a spoon or a matcha whisk until a paste is formed.  Add the rest of desired amount of water and stir.  High level of caffeine.

This particular matcha comes from Uji, Kyoto, Japan, and is a first harvest, spring tea. A Samidori cultivar, it is considered a high grade for everyday consumption.