Definition - What does Matcha mean?
Matcha is a powdered form of green tea that serves as a powerful antioxidant and is believed to offer numerous other benefits. It has become a popular drink among Western yogis for its calming, yet energizing, properties.
Use of matcha dates back to 7th century China. It eventually became a ritual of the Zen Buddhists to prepare and drink the tea. The Japanese -- first the Buddhists and eventually the Japanese in general -- adopted matcha for their traditional tea ceremony, which is a meditative spiritual practice that involves preparing, serving and drinking the tea.
Yogapedia explains Matcha
Matcha is made from green tea plants that are grown in the shade for three weeks just before harvesting. Because of the shade, the green tea plants produce more caffeine and theanine, which is believed to promote the calming energy.
Matcha is available in several grades, from the expensive and high-quality ceremonial grade to culinary grade, which may be slightly bitter and is typically used in cooking rather than as a beverage.
For a metabolism-boosting beverage, the powdered matcha is prepared by adding a teaspoon to half of a cup of hot water or milk. In addition to its use as a beverage and a base or additive for lattes, iced drinks and smoothies, matcha is added to desserts for flavor and color.