Matcha - green tea - What is matcha and how to prepare it

 

Video of a sadouka making Matcha.

sadouka is a professional Japanese ceremonial tea maker.

Different regions in Japan have different schools of tea making.

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I like to start the day with matcha green tea. Find out how to make this antioxidant-rich drink at home and learn more about the health benefits!

 

A few years back, Matcha started popping up in all kinds of food, including lattes, ice creams, smoothies, and sandwiches. I never refuse a Matcha Donut, but today I want to focus on the easiest and most original traditional way to enjoy it. Stir in warm water to make a frothy and nutritious tea. I've loved drinking these games since my first visit to Japan many years ago, and I still drink a cup almost every morning. For me, this is the perfect start to the day. It energizes but also calms, and above all it is delicious.

What is matcha?

Matcha tea with a matcha whisk Chasen

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For those unfamiliar with matcha, Japanese green tea powder is made, by finely grinding dried tea leaves. Due to the high content of chlorophyll in the leaves, it has a slightly bitter vegetable taste and a vibrant green color. It has been the basis of traditional Japanese tea for centuries but has recently become popular all over the world for its health benefits.

 

While regular green tea is already considered an antioxidant, matcha has many more benefits. The reasons are as follows. If you are brewing other types of green tea, soak the leaves in hot water before throwing them away. When making matcha, whisk the powder with warm water or milk. As a result, you consume the entire tea leaf when you drink it! The antioxidants it contains can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and even increase your metabolism.

Enjoy matcha green tea

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So what about caffeine? Well, Matcha has more caffeine than regular green tea, but not as much as coffee. I feel energized and focused, but still calm.

Useful tips

  • Matcha clumps easily, so it is recommended to sift the powder before use.

  • It does not last forever. Matcha does not last long. Use it within 2 months after opening. To keep it fresh, we recommend separating it into small portions and storing it in the fridge.

  • You might want to get a matcha whisk. If you make matcha often, we recommend investing in a bamboo whisk called ChasItsIt's special design breaks the knob and forms a layer of frothy foam on top of the tea. If you do not have one, use a regular whisk or an electric milk whisk instead. Whisking with a fork or spoon does not work with matcha it is very difficult to get rid of the clumps.

  • Sweeten it up it'sits too bitter for your taste. Tgrassyssi, umami taste of Matcha can be difficult to enjoy. If you are new to matcha or don't like bitter flavor, feel free to add a few drops of maple syrup or honey. If the matcha powder is particularly bitter, you can also sweeten the tea.

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How to brew matcha green tea

My general Matcha tea recipe and dimensions are below, but there are several steps to making Matcha, so I wanted to break it down into steps. Here's what you need to do:

 

Put it in a small bowl or jar first. Matcha tends to clump easily, so it is recommended to sift them before adding water. Otherwise, the tea becomes difficult to distribute evenly in the liquid and the beverage will be lumpy.

 

In most Japanese tea ceremonies you preheat the bowl by pouring a bit of water in it and spinning the water slowly in the cup before pouring the water out again and starting with the actual Matcha making

You start by adding a bit of matcha into the bowl.

 

Then add a small amount of hot water and beat. Wait a minute! This is not the circular motion needed to bake a recipe or eggs. Rather throw it straight back and forth or zigzag vigorously back and forth.

 

Finally, top it off with more hot water or steamed milk.

Traditional matcha green tea is made with just green tea powder and water, but you can also easily make a latte by finishing your drink with steamed milk.

I love to make mine with almond milk, coconut milk, or homemade oat milk. Whisk again until foamy, sweeten to taste, and enjoy!

 

 

Video of a Sadouka making Matcha

A sadouka is a professional Japanese ceremonial tea maker

Different regions in Japan have different schools of tea making.

Matcha Teare a sets available here!

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Matcha recipe

Learn how to make matcha green tea at home! I typically enjoy my matcha tea without sweetener, but matcha brands vary in bitterness. If you're new to making matcha, or if your tea tastes bitter, add a few drops of maple syrup or honey to sweeten it to your liking.

 

Ingredients

  • ¼teaspoon matcha / 2 bamboo spoons for matcha

  • 2 ounces hot water, 175°F is ideal / 60ml of hot water, 80

  • 6 ounces / 180ml additional hot water or steamed milk of choice, almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, dairy milk, etc.

  • Maple syrup, and other sweeteners, are optional (just one or two small drops)

 

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Instructions

  • Sift the matcha into a mug or small bowl to get rid of any lumps.

  • Pin the 2 ounces (60ml) of hot water. Using a matcha whisk or small regular whisk, whisk briskly from side to side until the matcha is fully dispersed and there is a foamy layer on top.

  • Add the remaining 6 ounces (180ml) hot water or steamed milk and whisk again until foamy. Sweeten to taste, if desired.

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1 comment

That’s very interesting! I like to drink matcha latte from time to time it is delicious!
I tried this recipe and it is better than the one i used before. I also didn’t sift the matcha before now there are so few clumps in it i love it!

Horst V.

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