If you've never had matcha before, you're probably wondering what it tastes like. Everyone who has tried it has their own idea of what matcha tastes like. It's a delicate balance of bitter and sweet. Some people like it straight, while others mix it with honey or cream.

But what does matcha taste like? Does it taste like the green stuff in your morning smoothie? Does it taste like grass? Are those the same thing? Do you just drink the whole thing after mixing it with water and then chugging the rest of your drink?

What Is Matcha?

Matcha is a very green tea powder that comes from the same plant as traditional green teas, but it's processed differently. It's made from ground leaf buds and shoots of the Camellia sinensis plant, which grows in the shade in mountainous areas. The leaves are steamed and then dried, creating a caffeine-free beverage with a lower calorie count than traditional green tea.

Matcha has been used in Japan since at least the 17th century, but it was only recently brought to western culture by Japanese immigrants who settled in California during World War II. Today, there are many companies that sell matcha products—including powders, capsules, pills and even drinks!

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What does Matcha taste like?

Matcha is a tea that is a lot like a cup of coffee, but it's got more of a mellow, earthy taste. It's very bitter in the beginning, but after it settles down, the bitterness fades and you get a smooth, sweet finish. It has an earthy flavour and grassy aroma, but no bitterness compared to black or oolong teas.

This is because matcha is made from ground leaves, it does not have the astringent taste of brewed tea like black or oolong teas. Instead, matcha has a sweeter taste and a subtle vegetal aftertaste that makes it more appealing to some people than traditional green teas.

Matcha doesn't have any added flavors or sweeteners (like vanilla) so it just tastes like a refreshing drink. Everyone’s favorite way of drinking matcha is just plain hot water mixed with honey and lemon juice; this makes for one delicious cup of tea.

However, as per the common view, matcha tastes different depending on where you get it. The most common type is called gyokuro (which means "bright spring"), but there are other types of matcha made from other types of tea leaves—like sencha or bancha—that have been steamed and rolled into a kind of paste before being ground into something that looks like tea leaves but isn't quite the same thing at all. Most people who drink matcha only use gyokuro or another pure form of matcha because they want its bright color, which comes from an amino acid called L-theanine.

Matcha is a superfood that you should definitely try if you enjoy green tea and the taste of natural sweetness. However, know that the flavour of Matcha can be very divisive. If it's your first time trying matcha you probably don't know what to expect. The best way to get a feel for what Japanese matcha tastes like is to go directly to the source and try some for yourself. 

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