How to drink Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea is unique and unlike any other tea you’ll drink. Since it’s green tea in powdered form, it’s whisked or blended rather than brewed. It whisks up with abundant foam (a good marker for quality) and a soft, cut green grass aroma.
The flavor is at once bold and balanced, bittersweet and pleasing. The result is a rich, vegetal green tea with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
What’s the difference between matcha green tea and other green tea? When you drink (or eat) matcha you are actually consuming the leaves themselves, in powder form. Matcha is a particularly good source of the polyphenol EGCG.
How to drink Matcha using a bamboo whisk
To prepare matcha in the traditional manner, you’ll want to use a chasen, or Bamboo Whisk. Heat your water to 165 degrees, well below the boil, just as small bubbles are forming on the bottom of the kettle.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder into a bowl, and drizzle in 1 tablespoon of hot water. Use your bamboo whisk to mix the powder into a smooth paste, then add 1/2 to 3/4 cup additional hot water and whisk until frothy.
Add Matcha Into Other Food and Drink!
Besides a cup of frothy tea, there are so many other ways to enjoy matcha! Matcha is incredibly popular as a gourmet addition to both sweet and savory cuisine.
- Make a matcha green tea latte. Place a teaspoon of matcha powder into a mug. Fill about a quarter of the cup with hot water, whisk, then top with your favorite steamed milk.
- Boost your smoothie and make it greener. Add a few teaspoons of matcha to your green smoothie to it even healthier.
- Add matcha to baked goods. As a powder, matcha can be easily incorporated into muffins, cookies and even pancakes. Replace a small amount of flour with matcha powder. The infused green color of the goodies makes a festive addition to special occasions.
- Enjoy matcha in savory dishes. Check out this Matcha Pesto Pasta recipe. You can add matcha to noodles, rice, salads, popcorn, fish, egg dishes and many other favorite recipes for a rich flavor and bonus antioxidants.
Our Favorite Matcha Green Teas
Organic Ceremonial Matcha
The aroma of ourOrganic Ceremonial is sweet and clear, with a bold green scent and a hint of almond. A pleasant lingering aftertaste kicks off with a burst of wheatgrass flavor.
Matcha Genmaicha Green Tea Organic
Genmaicha is a blend of bancha green tea and toasted brown rice, and we take it up a notch by adding matcha. This exceptional combination of two types of Japanese green tea and toasted rice offers a bright green cup and a buttery, savory flavor.
Vanilla Matcha Green Tea
This finely milled matcha has a powerful vanilla aroma. Whisked with water, milk or milk substitute, it gets frothy and its green notes start to come forward. The flavor is creamy vanilla with a grassy kick. It’s sweet, even without any sweetener at all.
White Chocolate Matcha
The deep green powder of our White Chocolate Matcha green tea whisks to an equally emerald green frothy brew. Its aroma is sweet wildflower honey with balanced flavors of green alfalfa and cream. With the addition of natural white chocolate flavor, this matcha has an enjoyable subtle sweetness.