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Dry leaf form of matcha green tea

Matcha (抹茶) is the tea used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It is made from a very special tea called tencha [天茶], literally “heaven tea,” which is shaded for two to three weeks with bamboo screens prior to picking much like gyokuro. The leaves are steamed, dried, then sorted into different grades. The leaves are then ground to a fine powder with stone mills. Matcha is prepared by whisking the tea in hot water with a chasen [茶筅], or bamboo whisk. Matcha is considered high in caffeine, even though the tea itself contains no more caffeine than most other green teas. More caffeine is consumed in the drink because one is consuming the leaf itself when the tea is prepared. (more)

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