How to make a Japanese Matcha tea at home?

People use Matcha tea for many purposes. In Japan, traditional tea ceremony rituals use the best tea note to create a drink that cleans both body and mind.
In Western cultures, matcha is often prepared as a casual breakfast, hot or cold. Californians and Arizonans, for example, tend to make iced matcha tea during long, hot summers in the southwestern United States.

The making of a cup of matcha tea is a delicate process, relaxing in its simplistic ritual, routine but not banal. The best part is at the end. You are rewarded with the benefits of a refreshing cup of tea. There are many ways to approach a matcha tea preparation, depending on the tools you have at your disposal. Below, we will see together the different ways to make Matcha tea.
How to make a Matcha tea with traditional Japanese tea utensils.

The traditional method of preparing a matcha tea is very simple. The most intense part, the whipping, is much easier with when done with a whisk.

Important Note…If you try to use Western utensils to prepare your matcha tea, it’s likely that this tea will not turn as you hoped. We strongly advise that you obtain and use the traditional Japanese matcha tea utensils described below as they will enrich your matcha experience and increase your chances of making the perfect bowl of Matcha green tea.

 

Here’s what you need:

  • Chashaku: a bamboo spoon in The Shape of a ladle.
  • Chasen: bamboo whisk (get your Chasen here).
  • Chawan: flat bottom tea bowl (get your Chawan here).
  • A food sieve or strainer.

Ingredients for one person:

– 1 to 2 teaspoons of “ceremonial” matcha premium tea powder scooped and measured using Chashaku (get your Matcha here). It is preferable to find tge best quality matcha possible from a trusted brand.

– 300 ml of hot water.

 

Steps in preparing traditional matcha tea:

  1. Rinse your Chawan bowl with cold water.
  2. Place your sieve over your bowl and with the Chashaku, put 1 to 2 spoons of your matcha green tea powder into the small sieve.
  3. Use your Chasen to squeeze the powder. This step serves to break the lumps, and produces a creamier Cup with more foam.
  4. Bring 300 ml of water to a boil. Cool to about 70° C (if you can’t measure the temperature, wait about one to two minutes after removing the lid of the kettle to let the Heat go).
  5. Pour the water into the bowl. Tighten the bowl tightly and whip the matcha quickly from top to bottom, in The Shape of ” m ” or “w”, works very well, until it is sparkling.
  6. Stop when an emerald green foam form is formed and then serve in a tea cup. Enjoy!

For less foam and smoother tea, whip more gently with a smoother wrist movements. Smooth matcha tea has slightly different flavors and aroma than frothy matcha.

How to make a Matcha tea with pastry utensils

In the absence of traditional tea utensils, as long as you have a metal whisk or immersion blender, you can always make your own matcha. But know that the end result will not be as perfect as a cup of matcha tea traditionally made.

Here’s what you need:

  • A teaspoon.
  • A metal whip.
  • Deep ceramic bowl.

Ingredients for one person:

– 1 teaspoon of matcha premium tea powder.
– 300 ml of hot water.

The steps of preparing a matcha tea:

 

  1. Rinse your bowl with cold water.
  2. Add a little bit of cold water.
  3. Put 1 teaspoon of your matcha green tea powder in your bowl.
  4. With your metal whip, gently whip the powder. This step is used to break the lumps.
  5. Bring 30 cl (300 ml) of water to a boil. Cool to about 70° C (if you can’t measure the temperature, wait about one to two minutes after removing the lid of the kettle to let the Heat go).
  6. Pour the water into the bowl. Tighten the bowl tightly and whip the matcha quickly from top to bottom, in The Shape of ” m ” or “w”, works very well, until it is sparkling.
  7. Stop when an emerald green foam form is formed and then serve in a tea cup. Enjoy!

Because a metal whisk is not specifically designed to aerate matcha tea, this method will usually produce a less foamy cup of tea.

How to make a matcha tea with a thicker texture  with traditional tea utensils

If the flavor of matcha tea normally prepared is not enough for you, a thicker matcha can bring you the flavor or texture you are looking for.

Here is how to make this variation:

  1. Rinse your Chawan bowl with cold water.
  2. Place your sieve over your bowl and with the Chashaku, put 3 spoons of your matcha green tea powder into the small sieve.
  3. Use your Chasen to squeeze the powder. This step is used to break the lumps.
  4. Bring 30 ml of water to a boil. Cool to about 70° C (if you can’t measure the temperature, wait about one to two minutes after removing the lid of the kettle to let the Heat go).
  5. Pour half in the bowl.Do not add all the water at once or the powder will be agglomerated.
  6. Make slow circles with your whip to carefully combine matcha with water.
  7. Add the remaining water and whisk in small circles until the tea is completely smooth.
  8. Then serve in a teacup. Enjoy!

How to make a matcha latte tea to get your day off to a good start

Here is how to make a matcha latte tea

There is nothing better than a latte in the morning. The only problem with traditional slats is that they are packed with caffeine, calories and fat that are not nutritious for you. Matcha green tea is a healthy alternative to help you kick-start your day. The coffee gives you a boost on the moment and leaves you to pick up an hour or two later. A matcha is a much better choice going from 4 to 6 hours.

If you’re after an alternative to a cup of coffee every morning, a matcha latte could be what you were looking for.

Here’s what you need:

  •  Chashaku or a teaspoon.
  •  Chasen.
  •  Chawan (tea bowl with a flat bottom).
  •  milk frother.
  •  little food sieve.
  • a  tea cup
  •  large glass

Ingredients for one person:

2 teaspoons of matcha tea (3 teaspoons using Chashaku).
1 tablespoon of organic honey.
10 cl of cold or hot water.
20 cl of cold or hot milk.

The steps of preparing a matcha latte tea:

  1. Rinse your bowl with cold water.
  2. Place your sieve over your bowl and put 2 teaspoons (or 3 teaspoons using Chashaku) of your matcha green tea powder into the small sieve.
  3. Use your chashaku (bamboo spoon in The Shape of a ladle) to squeeze the powder. This step is used to break the lumps.
  4. Add 10 cl of water and 1 tablespoon of organic honey.
  5. Using your Chasen (Japanese bamboo whisk), whip into small circles until the tea is completely smooth.
  6. Pour your tea into your cup of tea.
  7. Then pour 20 cl of milk in a large glass and with the help of your milk sparkling wine, you will emulsify the milk until you get something sparkling enough.
  8. Then with a large tablespoon, hold the foam while pouring the milk into your coffee cup.
  9. Once all the milk has been poured, release the milk foam on top.
  10. You can add a little decoration by sprinkling on the top of a little matcha green tea powder.

Enjoy!

So, is Matcha tea really good for you!

Matcha tea in its many forms is an excellent supplement to a healthy diet. Packed with more nutrients than typical green tea due to its manufacturing of whole leaves, matcha is filled with vitamins, minerals and especially polyphenols. What are antioxidants linked to better regulation of blood sugar, lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Matcha tea is also elevated in EGCG, proven to increase cardiovascular and metabolic health.

As for everything, keep in mind that quality is the key to enjoy the real and full benefits of Matcha green tea.

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