Extremely high in antioxidants, matcha is like the superhero of green tea. Buddhist monks sipped matcha to prepare for meditation, Samuari warriors consumed it before battle and Instagrammers now love it for vibrant green latte art.
Sheer beauty aside aside, matcha's caught on as it balances a solid amount of caffeine with an incredible high concentration of antioxidants. "Because the tea leaves get milled into a fine powder, you are actually ingesting the leaf, which increases the potency of the polyphenols and, therefore, health benefits,"explains Sebastian Beckwith, tea expert and creator of In Pursuit of Tea. Beyond that, the leaves are protected from sun for three weeks before being picked, which boosts chlorophyll production.