Matcha tea is from the same plant from which all tea comes. The way in which the tea leaves are harvested determines if the leaves are destined to become matcha tea. Starting a few weeks before harvest, the plants are shielded from direct sunlight which causes growth to slow, and chlorophyll to intensify. Once picked, the buds are dried, then the veins and stems removed. It is at this point that the leaves are then milled into powder. Matcha tea is a flavorful addition to protein shakes, puddings , and of course, brewed in water and enjoyed all by itself.