"Mattcha," powdered green tea, is most traditional way to drink green tea.
As my understanding it is older than usual green tea we are drinking today.
The style came in when the tea tree seed brought in from the land of China
in 1191, by a Buddhist priest Eisai Myouan. He was the founder of Rinzai
school, which is one of three sects of Zen in Japanese Buddhism, traveled to
China (Song dynasty was ruling the land buck then) to study in their temples.
There are specialized cafes serving traditional style green tea.
Though this is not common way of having tea for us in the year 2016.
This is more popular.
So as this.
A cup of tea called "mattcha latte" is so to say green tea with milk.
But mattcha is not rally just a powdered green tea.
Tell you the truth I am coffee person so I don't drink "matcha latte"
so often, but why don't I go take some photos at a cafe near by my house.
Caffe' VELOCE is one of the common reasonably priced coffee shop chain in Japan.
This is their menu board set in front of the door.
VELOCE is serving 3 types of matcha latte, hot, iced and iced latte with
ice cream on top. The cup pointed by red arrow is the hot matcha latte.
The word "matcha" is consist of two kanjis (Chinese cheracters), which
you can find in the photo of menu above as well.
(read from left to right)
It was only 280 Yen (including tax) but they are using real formed milk and
matcha from Uji, where is know for growing good green tea in Japan.
Very nice indeed.
By the way the Caffee` VELOCE is also serving some sandwiches, cakes and danishes.
Instant freeze dry matcha latte (stick type) can be found in any
grocery stores where they sell tea leaves and coffee bean.
It is another popular way to have green tea in Japan.
Green tea tree field is getting to be a tourist attraction.
Indeed, clean cut tea tree field is a beautiful view.
Uji of Kyoto prefecture and Shizuoka prefecture are two well known
tea growing area in Japan.
The definition of "Matcha" set by Japanese tea manufacturer's association (or something)
is powdered green tea leaf grown under covered environment to create
soft yet deep flavor, and have to be ground by traditional tea grinder and so on.
Example of tea grinder made of stone.
Anyhow, ”mattcha” can not be manufactured from normal drinking green tea leaf.
Because of the strong flavor of matcha, it is a bit too bitter to drink by itself.
But it matches with western sweet treats very well.
If you see something green like these Japanese treats, most of them are
using matcha for ingredient. However there are some rare cases that are using
green sea weed or some type of herb.
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