Whether you love to start your morning whipping a fresh cup of matcha or are a big fan of matcha lattes and cookies, by now, you must have come across different grades of matcha.
Matcha green tea is generally divided into two grades: ceremonial grade matcha and culinary grade matcha.
Today we will unveil the history and talk about ceremonial grade matcha and how they are intended to be used, along with the benefits of drinking the best ceremonial grade matcha.
HISTORY OF THE BEST CEREMONIAL GRADE MATCHA
Ceremonial grade matcha has been around for centuries. The trend of green tea was started in China by Buddhist monks, Zen masters and students during the 4th century. Over the years, this tradition spread across Japan, and during the mid-14th century, the priests in Uji refined the process by creating a sweeter version of green tea that enriched focus, mood and energy.
This was achieved by growing green tea leaves under shade, handpicking the softest of the leaves and then stone-grinding them into a fine powder that gets easily dissolved in water, distinctive to steep teas.
As years passed by, the popularity of matcha unfolded, and soon ceremonial grade matcha moved from priests to nobility and then onto military commanders prosperous merchants. After that, the use of the best ceremonial grade matcha became common to every household, and soon it grew into a special tradition for every occasion in Japan. And the time, care and money put into the preparation of matcha made it more unique and special.
In Japan, you will find many forms of green tea, but Uji is still the birthplace of matcha and holds the title of providing the most authentic matcha throughout the country. The high region South of Kyoto remains the ideal place to grow the sweetest green tea.
Matcha is so traditional in Japan that the best leaves are still handpicked, and these leaves are passed on to the monks where they are delicately stone grounded and prepared.
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PURPOSE OF THE BEST CEREMONIAL GRADE MATCHA
The Best Ceremonial Grade Matcha is derived from the early spring harvest of the sweetest, greenest and softest leaves grown under shade. Unlike culinary grade matcha, ceremonial grade matcha cannot be used as a baking, cooking and garnishing ingredient. Why?
- Because it's subtle, delicate flavour doesn’t make it an ideal cooking ingredient- as the sweet flavour gets buried under other ingredients.
- Owing to its premium quality and the time and energy put into the production of the best ceremonial grade matcha - it is the most expensive green tea per gram – and therefore, it is in high demand in Japan.
The best ceremonial grade matcha is exclusively made for drinking on its own – meaning it is designed to be used pure and simple.
BENEFITS OF DRINKING THE BEST CEREMONIAL GRADE MATCHA
- Increases energy levels
- Boost metabolism.
- Improves brain stimulation.
- Gives a sense of relaxed well-being
- Improves concentration and focus
- Cleanses toxins from the body
- Has anti-inflammatory effects.