A few years ago, matcha began to appear in a wide variety of new products, including ice cream, smoothies, frosting, and lattes, among other things. Today I want to focus on the easiest method to enjoy matcha, which is by whisking it into hot water to produce a frothy tea that is also nourishing. I'll never turn down a matcha doughnut, but I do want to focus on the most basic way to enjoy matcha. Since Jack and I went to Japan for the first time many years ago, I have enjoyed having my matcha prepared in this manner, and I continue to make a cup for myself practically every morning. In my opinion, there is no better way to get the day started. In addition to being invigorating and soothing at the same time, it is, above all else, incredibly tasty.
If you're not familiar with matcha, it's a powdered form of Japanese green tea that's prepared by grinding up dried tea leaves into a fine powder. Because of the high chlorophyll content of the leaves, it has a flavor that is earthy and slightly bitter, and its color is a brilliant shade of green. It has been an integral part of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies for hundreds of years. Still, only recently has it gained popularity in the United States due to the many health advantages it offers.
Matcha green tea has more health advantages than regular green tea, which is already known to have a high antioxidant content. This is due to the fact that the leaves of other types of green tea are typically steeped in hot water and then discarded once they have been used. When you make matcha, the powder is mixed with either hot water or milk using a whisk. As a direct consequence of this, when you drink tea, you end up swallowing the entire leaf. It is possible that the antioxidants it contains will bring down your blood pressure, lessen the likelihood that you will develop heart disease, and perhaps speed up your metabolism.
What, then, should we say about caffeine? Although matcha green tea has a higher caffeine content than normal green tea, drinking it won't give you the same jittery sensation as drinking coffee will. It leaves me feeling energized and concentrated while still allowing me to maintain a tranquil state.
In the following paragraphs, you'll find the complete recipe and quantities for my matcha green tea; however, given that there are a few tips and tricks involved in creating matcha, I wanted to break it down step by step. The following is what you need to do:
First, transfer it to a bowl or mug and give it a quick sift. Since matcha tends to clump together quite readily, I always advise sifting it before adding any water to it. In the absence of this, it will be difficult to get the tea to disperse uniformly throughout the liquid, which will result in your beverage having a lumpy consistency.
After that, you should add a few drops of boiling water while the mixture is whisked. But wait! The whisking motion used here is not the circular motion that is necessary for creating baking recipes or scrambled eggs. Instead, aggressively whisk from side to side, either directly back and forth or in a zigzag pattern, to uniformly disseminate the powder in the water and create a frothy layer on top of it. You can do this in any direction. The milk in your tea won't foam if you whisk it in a circular motion.
Last but not least, finish it off with some additional hot water or scalded milk. You only need green tea powder and hot water to produce the amazing traditional matcha green tea, but you can quickly transform it into a matcha latte by adding steamed milk at the end of the preparation process. The milk of my choice for making mine is either homemade oat milk, coconut milk, or almond milk. Repeat the whisking process until the mixture is frothy, then add sugar to taste and serve.
Master the art of making your own matcha green tea at home! In most cases, I prefer my matcha tea without any additional sugar. However, the level of bitterness in different matcha kinds varies. If you are new to brewing matcha or if the taste of your tea is too harsh for your liking, you can sweeten it to your preference by adding a few drops of maple syrup or honey.