Do you like coffee latte?
How about matcha latte?
Matcha is green tea (Camellia Sinensis) leaves powder.
Matcha is from Japanese word that means ground tea because the leaves of green tea have been done by grinding in the stones or granites to produce very fine powdered green tea leaves.
So what's fascinated me about matcha?
The ways how to produce matcha.
I just knew that before harvesting, all tea trees have to be covered to block the direct sunlight.
After the tea leaves grow rapidly, in the Spring, about three week before harvest, men in the tea fields prepare the poles and reed woven mats or dried rice stalk woven to shade the tea fields.
Blocking the sunlight is to block the process of photosynthesis.
These fresh green tea leaves must be immediately steamed for about 20 seconds to prevent oxidation so that the green color remains bright, the aroma and nutrients are maintained, then the leaves ready for the next step, drying process.
After drying, the next process is to select and remove fine branches or parts which are not needed, then the leaves are made into powder by using millstone or granite, so that they become very fine powder.
We do not drink tea leaves, do we?
After the tea leaves soaked in water, we get rid off the tea leaves. But matcha green tea is in powdered form, so that when we drink matcha means we drink the whole tea leaves. Nothing to discard.
My experience for the first time drink matcha tea seemed like taking herbal medicine. Since the some of coffee shops serve matcha in their menu, sometimes I like to have matcha latte, either with soy milk or almod milk.
Have You Tasted Matcha Latte with Soy Milk or Almond Milk?