How do you make Matcha?
A versatile tea
As a drink, Matcha can be brewed many ways and does not necessarily have to be brewed to the strict guidelines of the Japanese tea ceremony, Chanoyu. However there are a couple of tips when brewing that might help. The first, Matcha is best brewed using good quality water that has been boiled then left to cool for about 2 -3 minutes. The tea will be at its peak flavour and you will be able to consume immediately. Secondly, it's a good idea to sift Matcha through a tea strainer so that it won't form lumps when hot water is added.
Preparing the traditional way
If you'd like to prepare in the traditional ceremonial way you'll need a set of Japanese tea ceremony bowls, scoops and a whisk.
- Warm the tea bowls with boiled water.
- Prepare your Matcha whisk by soaking the tip in one of the tea bowls filled with the boiling water for approximately 10 seconds.
- Now remove the water from the bowl and dry it with a paper towel.
- Using a Matcha teaspoon, add 2 scoops of Matcha to each bowl
- Carefully pour about 1/3 of a cup of the boiled water into each bowl
- Using the whisk, gently submerge any Matcha that may be floating on the surface of the tea.
- Whisk more briskly in a back and forth motion until the surface of the Matcha is frothy.
- Drink immediately - in Japan, it is custom to consume the whole bowl in 3 slurps!
There are many other ways to consume Matcha. Most popular at the moment is either hot or iced Matcha Lattes - a great and healthy alternative to lattes made with coffee. Try with flavour shots, just as in normal lattes and you'll be amazed at how delicious Matcha lattes can taste.
Add Matcha to your cooking
Matcha can also be used in bread, smoothies, chocolate, salad dressings, desserts and many other recipes. Matcha isn't restricted to Japanese green tea either. There are now many other sources and varieties including Kenyan White teas and China Jasmine scented teas. As with any tea though, make sure you're buying from a reputable source.