Matcha, the focal point of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, is a fine powder made by grinding green tea leaves. Only the finest, young, shade-grown gyokuro tea leaves are used to create matcha. The leaves are plucked and laid out flat to dry. Veins are removed and the leaves, now called tencha, are carefully ground in granite mills until they become the precious powder. Easy preparation is achieved by placing 1 teaspoon of matcha per cup (or to taste) in a cup, adding a few drops of hot water (160-180F) and stirring with a spoon until a paste forms. Add the rest of the water and stir.

Our matcha comes from Uji, Kyoto, and is a first harvest, spring tea. A Samidori cultivar, it is considered a high grade for everyday consumption.

Brewing Instructions: Whisk 1 tsp. in 2 - 3 oz water at 170° for 20 seconds. Preparation: Place 1 teaspoon of matcha per serving (or to taste) in a matcha bowl, add a small splash of hot water at 170 degrees and whisk with a matcha whisk until a paste forms. Add the rest of the water and whisk vigorously until all the content is dissolved and a little foam is formed. Strawberry Matcha Smoothie: INGREDIENTS 2 cups of cashew milk 1 cup frozen strawberries 1/3 cup of goji berries 1 tablespoon of matcha Instructions: Blend all the ingredients together in a blender and enjoy a healthy drink that is full of antioxidants and Vitamin C Makes 2 servings