1. From leaf to bag: How is Matcha made?
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.