Matcha powder is a finely ground and vibrant green tea powder made from shade-grown tea leaves. Originating from Japan, matcha is renowned for its distinctive flavor, vivid color, and unique preparation. The cultivation process involves shading the tea plants to enhance chlorophyll levels, resulting in a rich green color and increased amino acid content, particularly L-theanine. Before harvest, the leaves are handpicked, steamed to prevent fermentation, dried, and stone-ground into a fine powder. Unlike traditional green tea, where leaves are steeped and discarded, with matcha, the entire leaf is ingested, maximizing the intake of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds. Matcha is celebrated for its potential health benefits, including antioxidant properties, increased metabolism, and improved mental focus, making it a popular ingredient in various beverages, desserts, and traditional Japanese tea ceremonies.