We feature authentic ceremonial matcha – 100% stone ground matcha from the organic tea fields of Japan. Ceremonial matcha has a long history and has been part of the Japanese Tea Tradition for over 800 years.
The matcha is poured into a funnel that routes the tea leaves down a tube to the middle of two large granite stones. The leaves are slowly ground into a powder between the stones. It takes a full hour to produce 1 oz. of stone ground matcha. You can see how very bright green and fine the powder is after grinding.
Healthy and trendy, people around the world are learning about the wonderful benefits of matcha. Japan is actually experiencing a new boom in the matcha tea business as more and more people are learning about matcha and green tea in general.
Part of the daily routine, matcha is often served with a small healthy treat called wagashi, a Japanese confectionery. In this photo is a traditional Japanese matcha bowl, called a chawan. The matcha is served with a sweet potato treat.
Other Japanese confectioneries include adzuki bean pastry, rice cookie or wafer, or mini matcha sweet roll. There are many choices for treats and its easy to serve something healthy such as an almond date coconut ball or piece of fruit.
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