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How Matcha Went From Ancient Ceremonial Tea to Health Drink Du Jour
Advertisement If it seems like matcha green tea is everywhere, that's because it is. The powdered green tea is the cool kid in the tea aisle, lauded for everything from its shamrock color and herbal flavor to a dazzling spectrum of health benefits.

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Matcha

More and more people are nowadays consuming matcha for both its herbal flavor and health benefits.

Matcha became known in the 11th century when Buddhist monks started using it in order to...

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Matcha and its health benefits

Drinking matcha has plenty of benefits, according to the studies made on the topic:

  • it provides beneficial antioxidants as well as polyphenols
  • it has many active components...

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The taste of matcha

Everybody who has ever tried matcha will agree on the following: its taste is hard to define.

And this is precisely what makes matcha so special. It is said to feel as a mix of wine, while...

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