Definition of matcha in US English:



  • 1Powdered green tea leaves, dissolved in hot water to make tea or used as a flavoring.

    ‘all you need is matcha, boiling water, a milk of your choice, and honey’
    as modifier ‘matcha cookies’
    • ‘Bancha is the everyday green leaf tea; matcha is the more expensive powdered tea used for the tea ceremony.’
    • ‘Your Matcha is the best I have ever tasted.’
    • ‘The matcha vodka (green tea) was a disappointment for hardcore matcha fans; I found this version too watery.’
    • ‘The entire matcha plant is ground into a powder.’
    • ‘Matcha, imported from Japan, is completely different from other teas or coffees.’
    • ‘The matcha leaves are literally crushed by the server into a concoction to which water is added.’
    • ‘East Coasters still have to sort through the seaweed and sushi rice on the shelves of Asian markets for matcha.’
    • ‘I used to buy from a tea supplier in the U.S. until they moved and I had to find another source for Matcha.’
    • ‘These days, I'm really into matcha, which is a powdered tea.’
    • ‘The researchers found that samples of matcha had 200 times the concentration of epigallocatechin gallate in the common U.S. tea.’
    1. 1.1 Tea made with matcha.
      ‘models were spotted sipping bright green matcha’
      • ‘In North America, you're more likely to have matcha served in an actual milkshake than by itself, as plain tea.’
      • ‘"Just take those few moments to focus on whisking the matcha and be present in the moment," she says.’
      • ‘It came into being because it is not desirable to drink strong matcha on an empty stomach and some sort of preceding meal was therefore indicated.’
      • ‘I was in my studio at 8 a.m., writing and drinking matcha.’
      • ‘The Japanese tea ceremony is called chanoyu or sado in Japanese and the bitter tea served is called matcha.’
      • ‘Some nutritionists have suggested that matcha, the green tea prepared during Japanese tea ceremonies, might offer more health benefits than the green tea most people drink in the United States.’
      • ‘A cup of matcha contains 70 times the antioxidants of a cup of orange juice and nine times the beta-carotene of a serving of spinach.’
      • ‘When properly prepared, matcha is as thick as cappuccino.’
      • ‘The health benefits exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water.’
      • ‘Matcha is a drink made by whisking powdered tea leaves in hot water (as opposed to brewing a tea with loose leaves).’


Japanese, from matsu ‘to rub’ + cha ‘tea’, from Chinese ( Mandarin dialect) chá (see tea).