Matcha Zen

I love tea with a history. 
Matcha is an ancient method of processing tea in which the raw leaves are steamed and ground to a powder. This type of powdered tea was introduced in Japan by Zen monks from China in the late 12th Century.

Zen Buddhist monks consumed Matcha
 while meditating to stay alert and calm. From the perspective of Zen Buddhism, the Japanese tea ceremony can be seen as a way to achieve enlightenment and to follow the path to spiritual and aesthetic perfection. The ceremony is intertwined with three philosophical concepts essential to Zen Buddhism: Yugen or innermost beauty; Sabi or the beauty of the ordinary; and Wabi, eternal loneliness.