This vibrant, earthy-tasting type of green tea is a significant ingredient in Japanese culinary culture and an excellent alternative to highly caffeinated drinks. If you’ve not got to grips with making a great cup of matcha tea yet, let us help.
First things first, why is matcha tea good for you?
If you’re a newbie to matcha tea, you might be wondering about its possible health benefits. For starters, matcha is incredibly rich in antioxidants. These are compounds which help protect your cells from harmful free radicals
Matcha is specifically high in catechins, a type of antioxidant
How to make matcha tea
Dunking a tea bag in hot water can give you a fragrant beverage in minutes, but the traditional way to prepare matcha is to use a powder. Nevertheless, it can be a little tricky to get the consistency just right without the right know-how. We have a few tricks up our sleeve:
Before you beginWhipping up the perfect matcha tea isn’t quite as simple as pouring in some hot water and stirring. Before you start making your beverage, make sure you’ve got all the right tools for the task.1 This includes a mini hand whisk, called a chasen in Japan, which will get your matcha nice and bubbly. It’s also more authentic and straightforward to prepare and drink matcha from a small bowl instead of a mug. A deep soup bowl is ideal, or you could use a large hot chocolate mug. Finally, a small sieve is great for ensuring there are no lumps of powder in your tea. Now you’re ready to start, follow these four easy steps:2
- Choose your matcha
Like many things in life, not all matcha tea is made equal. For the best tasting and most beneficial beverage, you’ll want to go for a high-quality organic matcha powder that’s ideally been sourced from Japan.
- Sift the powder into your bowl
Depending on how strong you like your matcha, you’ll want to sift one or two teaspoons of matcha powder into your bowl. Filtering it through a sieve or tea strainer is key to a smooth and lump-free drink.
- Pour in just-boiled water
Let some water come to the boil in your kettle and then wait a minute for it to cool down before pouring it into your bowl. The amount of water you use will depend on how strong you like it. An excellent place to start is with 80ml of water – you can then add more if you want your matcha tea a little weaker.
- Get whisking!
Now for the fun part! Using your little hand whisk, whisk the powder and water in a zig-zag pattern across the bowl. You’ll need to be quite vigorous. The tea is ready once the powder is dissolved and there’s a layer of foam on top.
Haven’t got a whisk to hand, but still want to enjoy some matcha? Make it quickly in a mug by adding a few drops of hot water to your powder and stirring until it forms a paste. Next, slowly pour in the rest of the hot water whilst continuously mixing with a spoon.
Why not have a go at making a matcha tea latte by using nut milk instead of boiling water and adding a teaspoon of sugar or agave syrup for extra sweetness?Shop our complete range of matcha tea and enjoy organic matcha powders and flavourful matcha tea bags infused with beneficial ingredients like seaweed and lemon.
Last updated: 28th September 2020