Matcha is not an average cup of tea. It is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. The plants are grown under shade which allows them to produce a higher chlorophyll content and a unique flavor.
Matcha is used in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony that can last up to 3 hours. There is no need for all that ceremony because you can still enjoy Matcha using a few simple tools in just a few minutes.
Here is a simple way to make your Matcha tea with a bamboo whisk:
Using a bamboo whisk and tea bowl:
- Sift 1/2tsp Matcha into a cup using a small sifter.
- Add 2oz hot water. For best results use water that has been boiled and cooled to 80C (3-5 minutes after boiling if you do not have a thermometer).
- Whisk vigorously with a bamboo whisk in a zig zag motion until the tea is frothy.
- Enjoy your Matcha tea straight from the bowl.
For Matcha Latte use less water and add warm milk after whisking.
Matcha can be enjoyed in many other ways. Experiment and find your own unique way of enjoying this amazing beverage!