Now a cultural icon of Japans Tea Ceremony, matcha actually has its roots in China. In recent years this unique tea has been garnering much attention in the west from tea aficionados and beginners alike. This is due to matcha’s sought after strong vegetal flavour and numerous health benefits.
Grown under shade for 4 weeks the tea leaves (called tencha) are harvested and ground to a fine powder (called matcha) using carved stone mills. Being powdered leaves means that matcha is perfect for baking, mixing into smoothies, or assisting in your meditation through its traditional whisked preparation.
Amount: 2g | 1tsp
Temperature: 80◦C | 176◦F
Water Quantity: 60ml | 2oz
Directions: Preheat a flat bottomed bowl with the water for 20 seconds. Remove the water and, using a sieve, sift the matcha into the bowl. Next pour the water onto the matcha and begin whisking with a bamboo whisk (chasen). Make certain you are whisking In a “W” pattern as this is optimal to suspend the matcha in the water. Avoid hitting the bottom of the bowl with the chasen. Aim to create a layer of froth with minimal bubbles. This should take up to 15 seconds. Enjoy your matcha!
*Play around with the water and matcha ratio to achieve your desired taste
**Feel free to use an electronic frother in place of a bamboo whisk to prepare the matcha
***Add a cup of steamed/chilled milk to your matcha for a delicious latte