The ritual of drinking powdered tea was first popularized over 900 years ago by Chinese Zen Buddhist monks. Traditional Matcha preparation requires customary tools for a careful step-by-step process. The Japanese embraced this practice in the 11th century. Eastern Asia lost interest in powdered teas, but it still remains popular in Japanese culture. The word Matcha comes from Japanese: “ma” translates to rubbed or ground, while “cha” means tea.