I recently discovered matcha green tea from reading Dr. Weil’s blog.  I have loved green tea for years, but I was intrigued by his blog posting on matcha tea, so I went out and bought (it costs $15 for a canister) some at the Dobra Tea Room in Burlington, Vermont.  Matcha is the green tea used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.  Matcha green tea is unique in that it has the consistency of a fine powder as it is made by grinding up the tea leaves into a silky powder.  So rather than steeping the tea in a bag or tea ball, you dissolve it in water and therefore consume the entire tea leaf!  This, of course, means that you consume all of the benefits of green tea leaves.  According to Dr. Weil, “thousands of scientific studies confirm what the ancient Chinese knew through simple observation – green tea is perhaps the most healthful beverage human beings can consume. Studies either strongly suggest or confirm that the antioxidants in green tea can reduce LDL cholesterol, promote fat burning, reduce the risk of several forms of cancer, and alleviate depression.”  Matcha green tea definitely tastes more grassy and earthy than steeped green tea, but it has superior health benefits.

Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary. 
~Chinese Proverb

Check out this video of Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg, making matcha tea.