Ingredient Spotlight: So Matcha Love!

It's trendy, it's pretty, it's popping up in cafes and coffee shops everywhere...but what exactly is Matcha? And what's the deal?

We'll give you the rundown here.

What is Matcha?

Matcha is a type of green tea, but it's not your average green tea. Matcha is made from ground green tea leaves, so instead of brewing the tea leaf and drinking the extraction, you are quite literally drinking the tea leaf. Hence, Matcha is packed with good stuff, which we will get into a bit later.

Like all tea (Black, White, Green), Matcha comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. However, the leaves used to make matcha are grown in the shade. Farmers actually cover their plants about a month before they harvest them, which increases the chlorophyll and amino acid content and also gives it that "matcha green" that has become so "insta-famous".

When the leaves are harvested, the stems and veins are removed, and then they are powdered and whisked into your beverages.

So, what's the hype?

It's delicious (we love a matcha latte), but it's also packed with benefits.

1. It's loaded with antioxidants. Some reports