Fresh as a whiplash.
Matcha’s history deserves its own Netflix series! This Japanese plant, first enjoyed by (and exclusively reserved to) Song emperors in 10th century China, made its way back to Japan two centuries later. Buddhist monks and samurais embraced it as a mystical panacea that enabled deeper meditation while boosting life expectancy.
Not to call it a diva, but let’s just say that matcha has some – ahem – special needs: it requires protection from the sun during 30 days before being harvested, ground and… whipped (no judgement: this is a safe place). To this day, the Japanese drink matcha very ceremoniously.