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.
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.
- 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
- 1 scoop of pure Matcha powder
- Hot water
- Chashaku (bamboo scoop)
- Chasen (bamboo tea whisk)
- Chawan (tea bowl)
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.