You may know matcha as the powdery green tea that is blended with hot water in order to make a refreshing & healthy cup of tea. Have you ever wondered how matcha powder is made? Well I did so I set out to do some research in order to find out.
Tea leaves that are going to become matcha powder must be specially prepared while they are still growing on the tea bush. A few weeks before they are harvested they are covered so that they do not receive any sunlight. This prevents the sun from reaching the leaves, which slows down the growth and makes the leaves darker and sweeter.
After the tea leaves are picked they are laid out flat to dry. This causes the leaves to crumble. The stems and veins are removed and then the leaves are stone ground to create matcha powder. This powder is then whisked into hot water to make matcha tea. I also enjoy matcha lattes where you add milk and sweetener.
Here is a great video on how to make Matcha:
A great source of Matcha is American Tea Room. They have everything that you will need to start preparing Matcha tea at home. Order some today.
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This is a great time to check out all that Teavana offers in the world of tea. They are a great source of loose tea. I am loving their Rooibos Peach Bloom tea right now. It is a green Rooibos blended with pieces of peach and safflower petals. It is especially good blended with Strawberry Kiwi Herbal Tea.
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The Art of Tea is a great source of loose leaf tea and tea accessories. They are known for both their single variety teas as well as their original blends of teas with exotic flavors. Right now through the end of the year they are offering a free shipping coupon code with a $50 order.
Some of their tempting creations to try with this great free shipping code are Pomegranate Green, Chocolate Monkey, and Hojicha de la Creme.
It will not be difficult to fill your shopping cart when you visit their site. They definitely have some great teas to brew. When checking out you want to use code SHIP50 to receive the free ground shipping.
What are some of your favorites from Art of Tea in your tea cabinet? Let us know in the comments below.