What makes Matcha unique isn’t its roots but its route from leaf to bag.
Though the bright green Matcha powder may look out of this world, Matcha is actually a type of green tea. Like most tea, Matcha comes from the camellia sinensis plant but unlike its sun-seeking sisters, Matcha loves shade.
Most Matcha is grown in Uji, a small Japanese city just southeast of Kyoto. A few weeks before the harvest, Matcha plants are given covers to shield them from the sun for at least three weeks. But make no mistake, these aren’t just chic sunshades: the shade is added in pursuit of boosting Matcha’s chlorophyll levels, turning leaves a lush dark green and making the resulting tea irresistibly umami.