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Matcha-cha-cha!

Starting off your morning with a perfectly crafted cup of Matcha tea can benefit you in a multitude of ways. We’re here to give you an insider of what Matcha tea really is, how to prepare it in a traditional way, tips and fun facts.


About Matcha


Matcha has been used for centuries and became popularized by Chinese Zen Buddist monks. Therefor preparing this specialty drink is a meditative and ritualistic process. The green frothy drink is predominantly popular in China & Japan. The Japanese word ‘ma’ meaning ground and ‘cha’ translated to tea aka Macha. The fine grounded powder is made from the green tea leaf, Camellia sinensis.

 

 

Benefits

  • Contains the natural antioxidant molecule EGCg
  • Aids in weight loss and boosts metabolism
  • Soothes the mind and eases the body
  • Packed with vitamins, fibres and chlorophyll
  • Aids concentration and enhances your mood


Traditional way to prepare Matcha


Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of pure Matcha powder
  • Hot water

Tools:

  • Chashaku (bamboo scoop)
  • Chasen (bamboo tea whisk)
  • Chawan (tea bowl)

Directions:


Remember this is a calming, relaxing and zen experience all together. Focus your thoughts, your movement and the fact that you are passing on sacred traditions.


Take the chashaku and scoop a small amount of the matcha powder into the chawan. Add about ¼ cup of hot water into your tea bowl. Make sure the water temperature is not higher than 175f/80c, if the water temperature is greater than that it will burn your tea. Then, take your chasen and rapidly whisk the drink in a zig-zag W or M movement until you start to see the froth forming.


Your Matcha tea is now ready to be enjoyed straight from the chawan.

 

~Makes 1 serving

 


Tips & Fun facts


~To make sure you’re buying pure Matcha tea:

  • That it was grown in Japan, ideally Uji city or Nishio.
  • Higher priced = higher quality, normally between $24 - $40
  • The colour will be vibrant green, which indicates the high chlorophyll content
  • The aroma when opening the package will be a strong and sweet
  • The texture will be soft and light
  • It will taste bitter, earthy and umami

~Uji in Kyoto & Nishio in Aichi, in Japan, are the primary regions where the tea is grown and cultivated.


~The tea achieves its bright beautiful green colour from the process of an overproduction of chlorophyll when shade-growing the leaves.


~Un-like coffee, matcha is an energy booster, jitter and crash free.

 

 



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