Matcha is a powdered green tea that is used in traditional Japanese tea ceremony where a bamboo whisk is used to create a frothy green bowl of tea. Nowadays, the unique taste of matcha is enjoyed hot and cold, as a latte, in smoothies, ice creams, and in all sorts of savory and sweet dishes. Matcha is more than tea that has been ground into a powder. Matcha is made from tea leaves that have been shaded before harvesting. In addition, the stem portion is removed. The processed leaves are stone ground in small batches. Matcha has a unique smooth, fresh green taste that is sweet and savory (umami).