An Introduction to Matcha Tea

December 23, 2019 2 min read

Matcha is a smooth, rich, and comforting beverage. It is hailed as one of the most favorite drinks in Japan, that too for centuries. This powdered green tea gained immense popularity in recent years, especially across the West. Match is an earthy powder that makes a perfect ingredient for lattes and desserts or even with hot water or milk. There are plenty of health benefits that made the buzz about its perks. Read on to learn all about them! 


  • A cup of matcha tea has almost the same amount of caffeine as a shot of espresso or cup of brewed coffee. This makes it a suitable alternative to a daily latte or cup of joe. However, unlike coffee, matcha boasts the presence of L-Theanine, an amino acid that brings out a sense of calmness and steadiness. This is how match aids in remaining alert, without overdoing it. Its effects are as bright as its lively green color. 
  • Matcha is a versatile addition to your daily routine. You can enjoy matcha as and when you want in the form of smoothies, cakes, lattes, and savory dishes. 

  • Matcha has ten times more antioxidants as compared to a typical cup of green tea. It is chock-full of nutrients and you can toss the leaves or dissolve the powder in water or milk. It is also packed with a specific type of antioxidant that can be highly helpful in weight management and in lowering cholesterol. 
  • Match forms an ideal superfood addition to your daily routine while giving a punch to all your recipes. 


Match is mostly grown and ground in Japan, but surprisingly it has roots in China. Green tea was powdered and dried into bricks during the Tang Dynasty. People would break off small pieces and stir them in hot water so as to produce a soothing and energizing drink. 

Match was brought to Japan by the father of Zen Buddhism, a Chinese monk. The word ‘matcha’ means ‘powdered tea’ which became popular amongst Samurai warriors and members of royalty. Matcha was readily accepted by to Japanese population, who loved it for its earthy taste, revitalizing energy, and healthy boost. In the 21st century, matcha was recognized for its excellent antioxidative properties, distinct flavor, and versatility. As a result, matcha cakes, lattes, and smoothies can be found on many cafe menus and Instagram feeds throughout the world.

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