Matcha latte is becoming one of the new trends for not only the health and beauty-conscious, but in the general market as well. Its appearance in such popular cafes as Starbucks, with the new Matcha Latte, is further proof of its increasing popularity.
What is it?
Matcha latte is a finely ground powder which contains the whole ground teal leaf of Camellia sinensis plant. Often it will include the veins and stems of the leaf. It is milled from the leaf to make a powder. This powder can be used for making mixes for baking, cooking and even soaps and candles as well as drinks. It is also used in some cosmetics.
What Does it Contain
This Japanese tea has been known for centuries for its energy-boosting, mind-focusing, and metabolism-fuelling properties. It is the very high-quality, stone-ground powdered form of whole, select shade-grown Japanese green tea leaves. So, when you consume Matcha powder, you are actually consuming the whole leaf rather than just tea leaf-infused water. This way, you get the full nutrients of a very high-quality leaf.
Additionally, Matcha has much less caffeine as compared to coffee. It’s also a healthy alternative to sugary drinks like bottled tea, soda and sports drinks. It has a very fine texture similar to baby powder and can be brewed either thick or thin depending on your personal preference. The taste of Matcha is smooth and mellow, and not at all bitter.
How is it Made?
A few weeks before the tea bushes are harvested they are sheltered from direct sunlight while at the same time this causes slowing of the plants growth. This results in the leaves turning to a darker shade of green. It also is causing the production of amino acids. This gives green tea powder the sweeter taste and a vivid green color.
These leaves are known as tencha after they are laid out flat to dry and then they are crumbled. These leaves are continually protected from the sun. They are then made into a fine ground powder. If it comes from Japan the green tea powder is known as matcha.