Myouan Eisai, the father of Zen Buddhism and Japanese tea culture, first brought green tea to Japan from China in the late 12th century. Eisai first planted the tea seeds on the border of the Fukuoka and Saga prefectures and it was Eisai who spread the message of drinking green tea for good health
A monk from the Kousanji temple in Kyoto was given some of these original seeds and planted them near his temple in the Uji region, home of the finest Matcha green tea in the world today. The region was perfect for growing green tea, with it’s nutrient rich soil, warm days and cool nights and misty climate.
It was growers in this region that developed sencha green tea, by growing green tea under shade to promote it’s nutritional development. This was then steam dried into tencha and then stone ground into powder, creating Matcha. This enabled you to consume 100% of the green tea’s goodness. Those Japanese monks developed the concept of the tea ceremony, by drinking Matcha before meditation. The Matcha tea enabled them to concentrate and clear their mind, achieving the highest levels of Zen.
In turn when Shogun warriors took on Zen Buddhist principals, they too used Matcha as part of their rituals, and found that it increased their energy and alertness in battle. It is said that Eisai first gave Matcha to the Minamoto no Santomo Shogun, known for his heavy drinking, to aid his hangover. Straight after drinking the Matcha, the Shogun’s hangover was gone and felt refreshed!
Matcha for many years was reserved for the Shoguns and nobility of Japan, however this was change in the 18th century when the Uji processing method was invented, a much more efficient process, leading to Matcha becoming more available to the Japanese masses and becoming the popular drink it is today.
Today's busy lifestyle leaves less time to take care of your body. It's becoming more and more difficult to match a hectic life style with true health, and everything that comes with it. We work so hard, stress is so high and we get so tired, and it’s constantly hard to keep energy levels up and maintain a good diet. Matcha offers so many solutions to our modern health concerns and lifestyle that it’s amazing that this was developed so long ago.
Matcha’s reputation as being one of the best superfoods in the world is rightly earned. It’s a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals; it boosts your metabolism and helps your body increase it’s calorie burning right by up to 400%, making it perfect for healthy weight loss. Matcha is high in fibre and catechins, which aids digestion, your heart health, and helps your body fight against viruses, bacteria and disease. Matcha is also great for detoxifying your skin, giving your clear and vibrant skin (some people even use it in face masks).
We love Matcha and respect It’s rich history and traditions, and that is why we spent a great deal of time sourcing and building relationships with growers in Japan, because they don’t export much Matcha outside of Japan (only about 5% is available to the entire world!). These relationships and some very hard work has enabled us to source the very finest Matcha tea from the Uji region in Kyoto, Japan, birthplace and home of the finest Matcha green tea powder in the world. You may have tried Matcha before, but this is the Matcha you heard about, buy today and be brilliant tomorrow!