Matcha has amazing health properties and holds promise to help fight against cancer, HIV, aging, and weight gain. However, most of us have not grown up drinking matcha, so don't know how to serve this special tea. Today I am sharing three ways you can enjoy matcha: the traditional whisked matcha, iced matcha, and a Blended Matcha Latté.

 

But first, one word about buying quality matcha powder (matcha comes in powder form, not in loose tea form); if you want to enjoy all of the health benefits of matcha, then buying a high-quality matcha is imperative. You are looking for a bright green matcha powder. I buy Japanese grown matcha, as it is considered superior to Chinese grown. I also try to buy organic. I bought my powder from Tao of Tea, which is high quality.  You can also buy an excellent matcha from Mercola.com.

 

Matcha is such a special tea, that traditionally the making of matcha was a very specific, step-by-step process using special tea utensils. While I think it is absolutely lovely to own and use all of the special tea equipment, I wouldn’t invest in them until you know you want to make matcha drinking a regular part of your routine.

 

I should also say that these instructions are just to get you started. There are a lot of nuances that many use for a good cup of matcha. If there are any expert matcha makers out there, I’d love to get your tips and opinions!

 

Traditionally you would use a chasen (a bamboo whisk), a chashaku (a special spoon to measure the matcha powder), and a chawan (a special bowl to make it in).

 

However, you can get away with using a regular, medium sized soup bowl, a measuring spoon, and either a chasen or an inexpensive handheld latte milk foamer (I got mine at Ikea for a couple of dollars a few years ago, and it still works!).  Although not completely necessary, it is also helpful to sift the matcha powder, so a small fine sieve is also helpful.

 

The Blended Iced Matcha Latté doesn’t need any special equipment except a blender able to handle ice. While certainly not traditional, it is more palatable for many unused to the assertive flavor of matcha. It is my husband’s preferred way to enjoy matcha. My favorite is the iced, as I find the matcha flavor sweetened a little unusual. Matcha with ice has almost a slightly briny flavor that I really enjoy on a hot day. It is so refreshing!

 

Experiment and see what you enjoy!

 

Whisked Matcha

 

Step One: Warm the whisk (if using), and bowl with warm water. Pour out water and dry the whisk and bowl.

 

Step Two: Sift ½ teaspoon matcha powder into bowl.

 

Step Three: Pour in 3-4 ounces of hot water (not boiling). If the water is too hot, it will make the matcha bitter. Whisk by going back and forth, front to back, not circular. You will create a nice foam after a minute or two. Lift the whisk up. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Iced Matcha

 

Step one: Warm the whisk (if using), and bowl with warm water. Pour our water and dry the whisk and bowl

 

Step Two: Sift ½ teaspoon matcha powder into bowl.

 

 

Step Three: Pour in a tablespoon or two of hot water (not boiling) and whisk smooth.

 

Step Four: Add a large handful of ice cubes to the bowl, and add 1/2  to ¾ cup of water (to preference).

 

Blended Matcha Latte

 

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 cup of milk (we used almond milk, use whatever you prefer)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey
  • Large handful of ice
 

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until the ice is the texture of a slushy. Serves 1 (Pictured in top photo)

 

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