This thread is for the discussion of all things matcha related. For those who don't know what matcha is, it's a fine green powder made from green tea leaves that have been destemmed and deveined before being ground up. Unlike other teas that are strained out via a tea strainer or the use of a tea bag, matcha powder is left in the drink and consumed. This provides the consumer with a much higher amount of the chemicals present in the leaves. Traditionally, matcha is whisked into hot water, and consumed without any additives, although some people prefer to add milk/sugar. It has a very natural, earthy, almost seaweed flavor, and is a bit thicker than regular tea, since there is powder in it. You can also have matcha in latte form, which can be iced for a delicious summer beverage. Matcha powder contains caffeine, but less than coffee per serving, and it seems to give a much more comfortable energy/focus boost, with less of a crash (in my experience). It is the only caffeine I can have that doesn't make me jittery). It also contains L-Theanine which provides relaxation and stress relief without drowsiness. Matcha has a history of being used as a meditation aid, due to the calm focus it provides.