【Story】What is Matcha?
What is Matcha?🍵🗻
💡So...what is Matcha?
Matcha is made from tea leaves called Tencha, which are ground in a stone mortar to a fine powder.
The cultivation and manufacturing process of Tencha is different from that of regular Sencha. Tencha is characterized by its high amino acid content, deep and rich flavor, and sweetness.
For green tea, the tea leaves are steamed and then repeatedly squeezed to dry them, while they are processed to facilitate the leaching of the tea's flavor and aroma.
For Matcha, the raw material is steamed tea leaves called tencha, which are dried without rubbing.
High-grade matcha, such as for use in tea ceremonies, is grown in tea gardens that are covered and shielded from the sun, and is characterized by its low astringency, rich flavor, and unique green laver-like aroma.
💡History of Matcha
It is said that the person who introduced matcha to Japan was Eisai Yosai, who returned from the Song Dynasty in 1191.
Eisai, known as the founder of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism, brought back the Matcha Culture to Japan, which was the latest culture of the Song Dynasty at that time.
It is also said that Eisai opened Japan's first tea garden in Hirado, Nagasaki, immediately after returning to Japan, and presented the tea seeds he brought back to Myoe Jojin of Tsuga-no-o Kozanji Temple in Kyoto. This is said to be the origin of Uji tea, which was once called "Honcha", the most venerable tea.
As mentioned earlier, the production of Tencha tea requires covered cultivation. In the old days, only Uji was allowed to have such a system.
For this reason, Uji matcha is still known nationwide as a major brand of green tea.
During the age of provincial wars , the tea ceremony, which was greatly developed by Sen no Rikyu, was adopted by powerful people such as Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Of course, matcha is the main ingredient in Chanoyu. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the history of matcha is the history of Japanese tea itself, as tea utensils, tea rooms, and other related culture also flourished.
💡Unknown fact of Matcha
Tea is full of nutrients, but there is one big problem.
Some nutrients in tea leaves are insoluble in water or difficult to dissolve.
Brewed tea contains very little of these water insoluble components.
Typical water-insoluble components include beta-carotene, which is used by the body to synthesize vitamin A, and vitamin E, which is believed to have powerful antioxidant properties. All of these ingredients are said to have great health benefits, but the drawback is that they are rarely dissolved in the tea we drink.
Matcha, on the other hand, is made by stone-grinding tencha. In other words, it is the tea leaves themselves, and drinking matcha means eating the whole tea leaves. This means that you are eating the whole tea leaves, which means that you can take in the water-insoluble ingredients that are difficult to take in with other teas, making Matcha a tea with high health benefits.
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