Matcha Green Tea Powder
1 flat teaspoon of matcha to a tea bowl and mix with a couple of drops of water to make a smooth paste, upon the tea bowl to ¾ full water at 80°C, mix with a bamboo whisk until a creamy froth forms on the surface
Matcha Green Tea powder, when brewed correctly, is considered one of the healthiest beverages in the world. It is made from specially manufactured tea which, as the name suggests, is then ground into a very fine powder. This particular beverage, as with many other Matcha Teas, originates from Japan. It should be noted, however, that some matcha teas may come from China.
Despite this, Japanese Matcha Tea is arguably the most famous, with our very own Matcha Green Tea Powder standing testament to its immense popularity around the world. This tea is grown in shaded conditions, similar to Gyokuro Green Teas. Its frequent consumption, meanwhile, is known to aid and improve your chances of losing weight. So, why not make this year your year with The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company? Buy Matcha Green Tea Powder today.
Feeling spiritual? Matcha Tea has a closely knit history with Japanese Tea ceremonies. The aim of a Matcha Tea ceremony, in particular, is to find one’s spiritual balancing, cleansing the body and the mind. Both the host and the guests present at a Matcha Tea ceremony must first wash their hands and their face especially the mouth before the ceremony takes place.
Following this, all ceremonial accessories including the drinking bowls and whisks and the room itself, ceremonially known as the ‘machiai’ should be cleaned. Once these tasks have been completed, formalities may begin. To start with, the guests are each greeted with a single bow from the host, then, the guests will be ordered to advance.
Before filling cups with Matcha Tea, the host usually offer wagashi sweets in preparation for the ceremony. Brewing will follow soon after, with only a relatively small amount of water used when making a group bowl of Matcha Tea. The host will stir the substance with a bamboo whisk until the bright green liquor is ready for consumption. After further stirring, more hot water is added to the ceremonial drinking bowl. All that is then left is to enjoy the tea.
In order to host your own Japanese Matcha Tea ceremony, you will need a number of utensils to uphold tradition. Sieves are used to get rid of clumps in the fine powder, while wooden spatulas help to force the powder through the sieve with ease. Taking the prepared matcha to the ceremonial room requires the use of a chaki, a specially designed caddy. Then you must have a traditional ceremonial bowl called a Chawan, which is often made of wood or even stone. Measuring the exact amount of Matcha to be added to the Chawan means you must have a Chashaku (a bamboo scoop). Finally, make sure you have a Matcha bamboo whisk to be used when dissolving the powder in hot water.
Now that you know the basics of the Japanese Matcha Tea Ceremony, it is time to enjoy our immensely popular and absolutely divine Matcha Green Tea Powder. If, however, you simply do not have the time to engage in age-old traditions, then why not simply brew up a cup of this tea in your favourite mug to be enjoyed while relaxing after a long day at work? The choice is yours!
Type of Tea: Matcha Green Tea Powder.
Brewing Instructions: Using a small sifter, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of Matcha Tea powder into a cup. Then, add hot water just under the boil and whisk vigorously.
How to Serve: This beverage is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: This tea has an almost vegetal aroma. It also consists of a complex herbaceous flavour perfectly balanced between bitter and sweet. Expect a refreshing, grassy aftertaste soon after you have taken your first sip.
Colour in Cup: Green liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Matcha Tea: Looking to lose some weight this year? Combining this tea with your exercise and dietary routine is a ‘matcha’ made in heaven. Due to the processing method used in its making, Matcha Tea powder enables you to consume the entire leaf within your morning brew, and ultimately obtain every single molecule of its beneficial potential.
In fact, concentrations of the antioxidant, Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), are three times higher in Matcha Tea than a regular cup of Green Tea, according to a 2003 analysis published in ‘The Journal of Chromatography’. Intricate research from many scientific institutes has suggested that the EGCG content in Matcha Green Tea may have the ability to boost the metabolism during moderate exercise routines. This, in turn, enhances the body’s capacity for weight loss.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Detox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon