It’s hard to imagine that the bright color and powdery texture of matcha green tea is produced in nature, but it is. A few weeks before harvest, farmers cover the leaves of the tea plant, which intensifies their color and, by extension, their concentration of antioxidants and polyphenols. These carefully tended leaves are then powdered to become matcha. A cup of this soothing emerald tea contains three times the antioxidants of regular green tea, plus a calming amino acid called L-theanine that offsets the buzzy effects of its caffeine. Monks have been known to drink it before meditation to help them achieve a state of calm alertness. Even if this particular effect might vary, the pleasure and powerful antioxidants of the matcha ritual are good for all of us.
About $19 for 10 packets, Rishi fair-trade teas are available at your local natural grocery, or order from www.rishi-tea.com.