Matcha History

The origin of the Superfood Green Tea

This distinctive superfood has a rich history, and spiritual significance, prepared in the “Chanoyu” art form that is the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It was meant to increase the five senses and bring about respect through grace, via emotional stability, mental concentration and composure.

Green tea was drunk in China from the fourth century, and begun being grown in Japan during the Chinese Tang dynasty (618-907), after seeds were exchanged, then planted in the Uji district. Formal tea-drinking ceremonies started in the eighth/ninth century, with today’s ceremony influenced by the book “Cha Ching” from a Chinese Buddhist priest. The Nara period (710-794) saw tea plants grown by priests and noblemen as medicine, since it was a rare and valuable commodity until the Hein period (794-1192), leading to rules and formalities being created around its consumption.

From 1187, Myoan Eisai (a Japanese priest who travelled to China, then founded Zen Buddhism in Japan, in the twelfth century) began teaching the grinding of tea leaves, and cultivation for religious purposes. Hui Tsung (a Sung emperor) referred to bamboo whisks in his book Ta Kuan Cha Lun, and together these trends formed the basis of today’s tea ceremony. In the thirteenth century, Samurai class embraced this ritual, and Gekokujou (nobles living extravagant lives) held tea parties (Toucha). Slowly by the sixteenth century, other classes started having small tea gatherings, leading to the widespread Zen-inspired tea, with etiquette and teachers of the art.

Matcha is the tea used within these Japanese tea ceremonies. Buddhist monks often used Matcha tea as a meditation aid, with caffeine stimulating their alertness, whilst the amino acid l-theanine kept them calm and focussed, improving cognitive function. Matcha is a stimulant and relaxant, providing 4-6 hours of steady energy, as an alternative to coffee, for pick-me-up energy boosts, without jittery withdrawals.

Traditionally made using bamboo whisks, creating a frothy beverage in ceramic bowls, Matcha is very versatile and can be prepared as the ceremonial tea with water, or drunk as a latte or smoothie. Matcha can be sprinkled on oatmeal, yogurt, and fruit – or blended with salt and included in savouries such as soups, tuna, salads, eggs and more – like herbs in cooking.

When you buy Matcha Live Longer, you’re joining a long line of connoisseurs, who’ve enjoyed the benefits of this organic green tea powder for many years. This superfood is often attributed to the anti-aging of Japanese villages, such as in Okinawa where residents are known for their longevity, with some of the world’s oldest people. That island is a so-called Blue Zone, where people live longer than anyone in the world. Five times as many Okinawans live to be 100, as in the rest of Japan. Japanese are reported to be the longest-living ethnic group globally. As at 2002, there were 34.7 centenarians for every 100,000 inhabitants – the highest ratio in the world.