Matcha’s hype is here to stay!
My love for matcha grew slowly but surely. Lately, I have been researching everything about it, digging in endless questions on Quora, Youtube videos, history websites etc.
For example, did you know that the matcha way of brewing tea is actually an ancient way of brewing tea practiced 2,000 years ago? They were brewing tea in this way in China and this traditional way of brewing tea has persisted only in Japanese tea culture.
Well known green tea growing prefectures in Japan are Kyoto, Aichi and Shizuoka, where they produce quality matcha.
It takes few utensils you’ll use exclusively for brewing matcha (A matcha bowl, a whisk, a matcha sifter, a whisk holder, a bamboo scoop…), all of which I purchased only a year ago. Had to upgrade from my grandpa style brewing technique! 😉
I actually started to create a Matcha timeline to wrap my head around the whole thing. I got into asking various questions on quora such as «How can I tell if the Matcha I bought is made with tea leaves grown in China yet processed in Japan? » to get my way there.
Anyway before I «graduated» in home brewing, I visited a couple places specializing in matcha in the city. So far here are the ones I went to:
-Ippodo Tea / 125 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
Currently Selling a New Year limited edition Matcha starting December 15th through the end of January. Their matcha is from Kyoto.
-Nohohon Tea Room / 9 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Kudos for selling organic ceremonial grade matcha. Their matcha is from Shizuoka.
-Matcha Cafe Wabi / 233 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009
Kudos for all the matcha snacks! Not sure about the provenance of their matcha.
These places were all recommended by the Culture’s Trip’s article 10 Best Matcha Spots in NYC.