What makes matcha tea different from other Japanese green teas is that it is grown entirely in the shade, which gives the leaves a higher chlorophyll content than normal teas. After harvesting, the leaves are dried and then ground into a fine powder. Matcha powder is mixed with boiling water with a whisk to achieve a light, fluffy tea with a cloudy appearance and a sweet taste. The health benefits of matcha are amplified because when you drink this tea, you’re ingesting the whole tea leaf. It is rich in anti-oxidants and fibre, and contains a relaxant called L-theanine, making it a favorite with Buddhist monks, many of whom drink matcha to enhance meditation.