Is matcha originally invented in China or Japan? - Green Tea Quiz
A1: China A2: Japan Read more for the answer.
Green tea is originated in China (Though there are theories that prove it originated in Assam region of India.) Shennong, the legendary emperor, and father of Chinese medicine and agriculture is said to have discovered tea around 2700 BC -a well-known myth. Tea plants were discovered in Lancang valley, Yunnan and cultivated by the Hemudo tribe between 6000 and 3500BCE. These facts were confirmed in 2012.
How did matcha come to be?
The word “matcha” is a Chinese origin. The Chinese were the first to grind green tea. However, Japanese were the ones who invented the method of creating matcha which we know today. The method includes shading, steaming, drying and grinding of tea.
Shading of tea makes the unique taste and the chemical composition of matcha. It is believed that this was discovered accidentally when some Japanese tea farmers were trying to protect the tea from freezing, covering the tea leaf.
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On October 9 2018, Global Tea Championship announced that Japanese Green Tea Company to win Silver Medal for the Matcha Category.
Japanese Green Tea Company Won Global Tea Championship in 2017 under Steamed Green Tea Category.
This makes the company to win the Championship 2 years in a row.
Japanese Green Tea Company held a booth at Northwest Tea Festival 2018 in Seattle from 9/29/2018 - 9/30/2018.
Here are some of the pictures from the fair and my personal thoughts from the first-time experience of this type of event so that you can see how it was like at the fair, and read about my thoughts and all the lessons-learned from this event.
On September 21st 2018 issue of J-Weekly, Kei Nishida's article about Japanese green tea was featured on full page.
J-Weekly is Japanese newsletter in San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California circulating 33,000 copies every Friday.
J-Weekly approached Kei to write about Japanese green tea in their special fall gourmet issue.