How is matcha different from other teas?

Published: Friday 15 December, 2017

Matcha is made from the Camellia sinensis plant cultivated different from other teas: the tea bushes must be shaded to boost chlorophyll which gives tea leaves a green color and a better taste. Matcha production is seasonal and limited, only tea leaves harvested in spring are of value. The steaming process of matcha takes several hours right after the tea leaves are plucked in order to bring out a richer green color and create a unique grassy flavor. Unlike other teas, matcha skips the process of rolling, shaping, and drying, it is grounded by stone to be a smooth green tea powder. In addition, traditonal tea leaves are steeped in hot water while matcha is whisked into hot water.