How to Make Matcha Green Tea
by Sylvie Greil
Do you love everything green? Then it's time to meet matcha. Its flavor is mellow, its health benefits countless
and the ceremony of making it will bring a sense of ritual
to your life. In fact, Matcha is the centerpiece of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
You probably don't have a tea master at hand who will lead you
through a proper ceremony, but you can easily recreate the
experience at home, in a matter of just a couple of meditative
minutes. Blended with soy milk and poured over ice, it's our
favorite new way to stay cool on hot summer days.
Matcha (literally "powdered tea") is a fine, brightly
colored green tea powder made from the finest, youngest
leaves of the first harvesting days. Matcha Uji means "froth
of liquid jade."
How To Prepare Matcha Green Tea
Traditionally, a tea master will measure the Matcha with
a chashaku (bamboo spoon) and place it into a chawan (serving bowl). Hot water is added and the mixture is whisked
with a chasen (bamboo whisk) until you see fine
At home, you can simply measure a heaping teaspoon, place
it into a Japanese ceramic bowl, add enough water for one
cup and whisk it until frothy. Whip it until any "dama"
(small lumps of tea) are completely broken up. You can enjoy
your Matcha either as "thick tea" called koicha
(less water) or usucha ("thin tea", more water).
It's best to drink it straight from the bowl before the
sediment has a chance to settle to the bottom.
Do I Make An Iced Matcha Latte?
a heaping teaspoon, place it into a ceramic bowl, add just
a few sips of hot water and whisk it until frothy. Whip
it until any "dama" (small lumps of tea) are completely
broken up. Slowly whisk your choice of milk (best: whole
or 2 percent) or plain soymilk into the mixture. Don't add
too much milk. The liquid should still have a creamy jade
color. Then pour over ice and enjoy. While still hot, before
you add milk, you can also add some honey or agave nectar,
if you like your latte sweet.
Matcha as Healthy as Other Green Teas?
Matcha is said to be even healthier than other green teas,
since it is the only form of tea in which the whole leaf is
consumed. Also, only the finest, youngest leaves are hand
Benefits of Matcha
Matcha is rich in antioxidants (catechin-polyphenols) said to help
prevent cancer and heart disease and slow the process of aging. It contains many trace minerals and vitamins (A, B-complex, lots of C, E, and K); reduces bad cholesterol; it also boasts mood- and concentration-enhancing qualities.
Much Caffeine Does Matcha Have?
Matcha contains half the caffeine of a cup of coffee. In
fact, the tannins in green tea offset the effects of its
is Matcha So Expensive?
Only the finest tea buds are hand picked. It takes one hour
per mill to grind 30 grams of Matcha!
Can I Buy Matcha?
We recommend Harney
& Sons, which sells a top-quality Matcha powder
that had our Japanese friend, an experienced tea ceremony
attendee, proclaim: "You can tell it's a very good
Matcha. The beads are very fine."
Learn more about Matcha Green Tea
Matcha Health Benefits