Matcha is a unique variety of powdered Japanese green tea with extraordinary health qualities. In Japan, tea leaves that are destined for matcha are shaded for around four weeks before harvest. Then, the youngest leaves are carefully harvested and slowly stone-ground into a fine powder. This technique preserves the healthy compounds in the tea. The finished matcha can then be prepared as a tea, as a latte, or added to recipes like baked goods, depending on its grade. Although it is being rediscovered in modern times, matcha was a part of Japanese culture for 1,000 years through the Japanese tea ceremony - chado, or the Way of Tea. Today, you can relax and recharge with this healthy, flavorful luxury in your own home.