Fostering a sense of calm focus and agile, sustained energy, authentic matcha tea also boasts an unrivaled flavor and vivid color. Matcha, a type of powdered green tea popular in Japan, has a unique blend of vegetal, bitter and malty flavors.
While most Americans are obsessed with flavors, thanks to Starbucks, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and other coffeehouse chains, the numerous alternations have actually acquainted you with its true natural flavor. The blend of sugar-laced matcha powder, steamed milk and several other ingredients definitely makes a trendy matcha latte but leaves the authentic matcha far behind.
There is something ceremonial about making matcha green tea! It is a little more than making simple green tea, a little more complicated than just dipping a tea bag into hot boiling water. It requires patience to whisk it into a thick, frothy brew.
While the traditional method of preparing matcha requires a bamboo whisk with superfine tines, you can also hack the process with a normal whisk or a hand blender.
So, here is how you can make matcha green tea like a pro in just 4 simple steps!
Matcha Green Tea
Things you’ll need:
- Matcha green tea – 1 teaspoon
- Hot water – 1 cup
Step 1. Sift 1 teaspoon of matcha tea into a bowl
- Using a small sifter, sift 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea into a bowl.
Step 2. Add a bit of water and whisk thoroughly
- Add a small quantity (about 3 tablespoons) of hot water to the green tea powder.
- Whisk it vigorously for 2 minutes or until all the lumps are dissolved and the mixture becomes smooth.
Step 3. Add more water and whisk again
- Add the remaining water slowly at intervals and keep whisking.
- Whisk thoroughly for 3 to 4 minutes, so that the tea is well infused in the water and it produces a foamy texture on the top.
Step 4. Pour into a cup and enjoy
- Pour the tea into a cup and enjoy while it is still hot.
- You can also drizzle a small amount of honey into your tea to give it a slightly sweeter taste.
You can drink 1 to 2 servings of matcha green tea every day.
- Do not skip the sifting step for matcha tea, lest you may end up with tea full of clumps. Sifting breaks up the clumps, leading to a creamier and frothier matcha.
- To retain the hot temperature of your matcha tea, you can warm the ceramic or glass bowl in the microwave or oven before preparing it.
- If you find the taste bitter, you can make it a little sweeter and creamier by adding 1 tablespoon of honey, brown-rice syrup or any other sweetener of your choice.
- Do not overheat the water or use too much matcha powder. This can result in a bitter tasting tea.