Let’s geek out, shall we.
Matcha is a shade grown green tea from Japan that is ground into a fine powder. The higher the quality, the brighter the color. Grinding the leaves into a fine powder allows us to ingest all the antioxidants, such as vitamin C and many other minerals. Most are left behind in the loose leaf version. It contains 15 times more nutrients than loose leaf tea. Matcha contains caffeine. In my studies, I found that the caffeine level of matcha verses coffee is somewhat equal. I also found that the amount of caffeine can vary due to the type and quality of your matcha. This recipe I have been making gives me the energy of one cup of coffee without the spike, crash and burn feature of a freshly brewed cup of drip.
Matcha is a ceremonial tea and an ancient tradition in Japan. It is a very quiet celebration of precise hand movements performed with grace and beauty. It is presented with a bamboo whisk and a ceramic bowl. It is passed around the table and sipped by each guest.
This tea is considered a bonding experience of mindfulness, respect and focus on the present.
uhm, yes please.
This recipe is my ratio for a perfect cup of matcha. Of course it can be tweaked to your liking of intensity and sweetness. I buy Epic Matcha epicmatcha.com or Numi Organic Ceremonial Matcha which can be found in your local health food store. Try to buy good quality organic.
- 1 tsp Green Matcha Powder I try to buy Epic matcha epicmatcha.com or Numi organic ceremonial matcha. When I open it I store in a tightly sealed mason jar and store in a dark cupboard.
- 3/4 cup Just- boiled water
- 1/4 cup unsweetened Almond milk, or whole milk
- 1 Bamboo matcha whisk so easy to find at your local tea or coffee shop. I bought mine at Cost plus World market
- 1 dollop Honey Optional, maple syrup is good too.
Add the matcha powder into a bowl-like mug ( or a bowl itself) and whisk the powder with your bamboo whisk to loosen any lumps.
Boil water. I use a small saucepan.
Pour the boiled water over the powdered whisk vigorously until well combined and a little foamy.
Add the milk and whisk well until frothy. If you have an emersion blender or steamer I would use it here. Return back to the saucepan to warm and continue to whisk or blend.
Add a dollop of good honey or maple syrup if you need a little sweetness. Serve hot directly from the bowl or large mug.