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Magnificent Matcha

What is it? Matcha is the result of finely milling high quality green tea, and not to be confused with the fannings found in low grade bagged tea. The processes of harvesting, drying, grinding, and oxidation are all very important in producing a quality matcha. The tea leaves are strictly shade grown just before harvesting — this results in an increase in chlorophyll production, resulting in matcha's bright green color — always harvested by hand, gently steamed to stop oxidation, and laid flat to dry. After drying, veins, stems, and other impurities are removed to prevent any bitterness from developing; the result is called tencha. The tencha is then slowly ground to produce a fine powder — matcha. Only tencha...

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