Matcha is the finest green tea in the world and is most commonly cultivated in Japan where preparation can take up to 20 days. Prior to harvest the tea leaves are covered by bamboo tarps or black vinyl sheets to prevent direct sunlight, this increases the chlorophyll and amino acid content and turns the leaves turn a dark green. Unlike most teas, when we drink matcha we actually consume the entire leaf and receive 100% of its nutrients, meaning we get a powerful punch of antioxidants and a whole host of other health promoting benefits. For example, matcha is said to boost the metabolism, improve blood sugar regulation and decrease bad cholesterol. Along with its impressive health enhancing properties, it is said a cup of matcha tea each morning can help improve our concentration levels and act as an anti-aging agent.