Dating back to its original production in the 1200’s in Japan, Buddhists Monks have been drinking Matcha Green Tea. Celebrated by Samurais and used in Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies, its most prominent region is Nishio, Japan. Only a few dozen tea farmers are versed in this prized cultivation.
The unique production of Matcha is very meticulous. Four weeks prior to harvest, shade tarps are put over the plants, thus intensifying the chlorophyll and amino acid production. Harvested in May, leaves are hand picked, then steamed to stop fermentation (bringing out a brilliant green hue). Next, the Jade colored leaves are dried slowly and receive the name “Tencha” Tea. Tencha Tea is the only type of tea leaf that produces the amazing Matcha benefits.
These leaves are ground in a hand crafted granite stone mill, creating a super fine powder. Only 30-40 grams of Matcha can be produced on one stone mill per hour! To put it into perspective, at Good Medicine Lounge, we sell 30 gram canisters. Our Matcha is sourced from AIYA, established in 1888. After stone ground, the powder is kept cold to preserve it. At AIYA Matcha, Tencha Tea is milled per order.
All in all, Matcha is dubbed as “Mother of All Green Tea” for its outstanding antioxidant qualities, far superior to any other fruits and vegetables (see graph provided by MistaMatcha). Rich in calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. It is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea.
Here at Good Medicine Lounge, we absolutely love Matcha, and have crafted a handful of beverages to enjoy the powerful benefits:
Mocha Maca Matcha, Hot Buttered Matcha, Matcha Smoothie, Matcha Latte, Matcha Chai, and we serve it in the Traditional Ceremonial style using a bamboo whisk.
Wishing you good Health! Hope to see you soon!