The history of Matcha

Published: Friday 15 December, 2017

Chinese people used to make powdered tea by grinding tea leaves in a bowl and drink the ground tea with hot water. In the early 12th century, zen monks studying in China returned to Japan with tea plant seeds and bushes. At that time, Chinese custom of making ground tea quickly spread and became popular throughout Japan. Japanese people call the tea “matcha”. Japanese samurai class was fond of practicing the ceremonial tea drinking with principles of discipline, ritual, and purification. They believed drinking matcha helps them concentrate their attention on battles. Gradually, the Japanese tea ceremony has changed into an art form and cultural tradition.​