We all know about the health benefits of Matcha but few can say they are confident in knowing how to make Matcha. The good thing is, I will show you 3 ways to enjoy this super drink.
Nothing beats a good ol’ cup of tea in the afternoon after work. There is something very ceremonial about the process of making tea. Even more so when it comes to Matcha.
Most of us are used to just popping a tea bag into a cup, pouring some boiling water over, adding sugar, stirring a bit and there we have a cup of tea. The process of making Matcha is bit more involved than that but some much more rewarding!
It requires a bit of practice but don’t worry we’ve round up an introduction into this ancient Japanese method. Matcha calls for a frothy top layer that makes up the whole drinking experience and is considered the most important part of the tea drink.
First of all, traditionally, Matcha is not stirred but whisked. This calls for traditional Japanese tea utensils. The main tolls you will need are:
Begin by sifting one a half heaped tea ladles, which is about one teaspoon of Matcha powder into the Matcha – Chawan (ceramic tea bowl) through the tea strainer. You can use the tea ladle to push through any remaining Matcha Tea Powder through the strainer.
Whatever you do, do not skip the sieving process. It does away with the clumps in the powder and leads to a frothier and much creamier texture.
Once you have sieved all of the powder in the bowl, add 2 ounces (40ml) of steaming water (176° F / 80°C) to the Matcha – Chawan (bowl). Whisk the mixture using the bamboo whisk while holding the bowl tightly. Whisking the mixture in an “M” figure seems to works the best and creates a great froth.
Once the green foam appears, stop whisking. Sit down and savor your Matcha Tea.
If you are just starting to venture into the wonderful world of Matcha, you most probably do not have the traditional Japanese utensils. That’s ok because we have another method you can use.
Use a deep ceramic bowl. For the tea to keep its hot temperature, it is suggested warming up the bowl in the microwave before beginning to prepare the Matcha. You can use a wire whisk or an immersion blender. Begin, by pouring one teaspoon of Matcha Powder into the warmed ceramic bowl.
Pour 2 ounces (40ml) of steaming water steaming water (176° F / 80°C) into the bowl. Use the wire whisk to whisk up the Matcha tea mixture whisk until the green froth appears. Keep in mind, that the foam will not be as creamier nor frothier as the traditional method. The traditional Japanese tea utensils are specifically designed for Matcha Preparation whereas these tolls are not.
If you are in the mood to try something different, why try this Vanilla Matcha protein Smoothie Recipe, courtesy of DailyBurn
Here is great Matcha recipe to get you started.
Vanilla Matcha Protein Smoothie Recipe
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 scoops (39.8 grams) Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 cup ice
2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
Fresh vanilla bean, scraped from 1 inch of a pod
Or if you prefer the low fat version, try these ingredients: The Skinny
Per 16-ounce serving:
27.5 g fat (1.5 g sat)
40 g carbs
590 mg sodium
7 g fiber
20 g sugar
26.5 g protein
Total time: 5 minutes