While I used to consume coffee religiously, I stopped recently because of the caffeine overload to my system. Typical symptoms included: jitters and trembles, an overactive mind, and a mid-afternoon crash. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the drink—especially with coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla—but I’m sticking to my decision. So, although nothing beats the taste and comfort of that morning pick-me-up, I opt for other warm beverages to get me through the day. A matcha powder latte is one of them.

First, what is matcha powder?

Matcha is essentially green tea, but is grown differently, is stone-ground, and then produced as a fine powder. The main difference is mainly in the way farmers grow the leaves. With matcha, the tea leaves are carefully shaded from the sun, which boosts the chlorophyll content in the leaves, and makes them extra-green and rich in antioxidants. This process also increases the caffeine content (in comparison to regular green tea). Lastly, the leaves are laid flat to dry and then slowly stone-ground. This results in a smooth, more caffeinated green tea powder. Low and behold, you have matcha.

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As a Superfood: The Health Benefits

Matcha offers numerous health benefits, too. As mentioned before, matcha is chock-full of antioxidants (similar to green tea), but that’s not all. It also increases metabolism, naturally detoxifies the body, enhances the immune system, and boosts energy. It contains a healthy 70mg of caffeine—in comparison to coffee’s 163mg—and enhances concentration while also calming the mind. The matcha caffeine high is also more gradual than coffee’s, and thankfully, eliminates any mid-afternoon crashes.

SPUD’S FAVOURITE USES FOR MATCHA POWDER

1. Faux-Bulletproof Matcha Latte

While there are also tons of uses for matcha powder, my favourite is the Faux-Bulletproof Matcha Latte (this was adapted from Lee From America’s “Bulletproof Matcha Latte,” but has been SPUD-ified for our purposes). This blended bevy replaces my morning coffee and is also a great way to sneak in my favourite health foods (such as collagen or any adaptogens). To make the Faux-Bulletproof Matcha Latte, you’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 scoop collagen powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup almost boiling water
  • ½ cup nut milk

Directions:

  1. Measure out the matcha powder, sift it through a strainer straight into your blender/Nutribullet/Magic Bullet
  2. Add the hot water
  3. Add collagen, coconut butter, coconut oil, and nut milk
  4. Blend for at least 1 minute
  5. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

2. As a face mask.

Matcha is great for a face mask because it evens out skin tone and may reduce acne. This is a great DIY craft too because it requires so little ingredients! To make this face mask you’ll need:

  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • ½ – 1 tsp honey

Mix together to make a paste. Spread the paste over your face and neck, leave on for 10-15 minutes, and remove with a warm cloth. Voila!

3. In a smoothie!

Another favourite food trend these days is adding matcha powder to a smoothie. It gives it a fresher taste, and sneakily adds some nutrients. To make a matcha smoothie you’ll need:

  • A healthy handful of frozen greens (my personal favourite is spinach because of its neutral taste, but feel free to add kale if you’ve got some on hand)
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 2 tbsp yogurt (coconut/non-dairy yogurt works too!)
  • 1 ½ cup non-dairy milk
  • ½ – 1 frozen banana
  • A date or 2 if you’d like to up the sweetness

Blend ingredients together until smooth, then serve immediately and enjoy!

These recipes are just a few examples of matcha’s versatility, but we can’t forget the traditional method: sifted and whisked into hot water (typically done with a bamboo whisk). This is a nice alternative to green tea, especially for a richer flavour. Either way though, no matter how you use it, matcha is a multi-purpose, nutrient-rich powerhouse, and gives me my caffeine fix without the crash. All-in-all, it’s a winner in my books!

What to Do With Matcha Powder: 7 Creative Ways to Use Matcha

Matcha powder is a type of green tea powder produced in Japan. The preparation of matcha involves covering the tea bushes several weeks prior to the harvest period in order to prevent exposure to sunlight. As a result of the lack of sunlight, the tea leaves become dark green and start to produce large amounts of the amino acid theanine. Theanine is responsible for many of the beneficial health effects of matcha green tea powder. Matcha powder is used in Japan to brew high quality green tea which is consumed in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, but this nutrient-dense powder, along with other types of green tea powder, can also be used in cooking and baking. This article aims to provide creative ideas on what to do with matcha powder (and green tea powder in general) as well as tips on how to use matcha succesfully in the kitchen.

1. Make Matcha Green Tea Latte

Here’s a simple recipe for a delightful matcha green tea latte which you can enjoy as a cool, refreshing treat during hot summer months or as a warm treat during winter months when temperatures plummet below zero. To make one large cup of matcha latte, place 1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder in a small bowl, then add a few spoons of hot water and up to 2 teaspoons of honey or agave nectar, depending on your taste. Mix with a small whisk until smooth. Add more hot water, about 1/3 cup. Put the bowl aside for a moment and fill a large cup with 1 cup (8 fl. oz.) of heated milk or soymilk. Add the matcha-water mixture to the heated milk. If you are making cold matcha green tea latte, add ice cubes to the mixture. For hot matcha latte, top your drink with a bit of milk (or soymilk) foam and dust with matcha powder. Enjoy!

Matcha newbies, take note: you can save 20% on the Kenko matcha set with the promo code 20TEASET on Amazon, through 12/28 while supplies last. This set comes with about 1 oz of organic ceremonial matcha, hand-made ceramic bowl, bamboo whisk, ceramic whisk holder, and matcha scoop.

2. Go for a Bowl of Matcha Porridge

Matcha oatmeal may not be the most famous recipe using matcha powder, but it’s certainly one of the most creative ways to use matcha. For detailed instructions on how to create this super healthy breakfast dish, check out our matcha oatmeal recipe. Of course, you can also use matcha to add a healthy twist to other types of porridge such as cornmeal porridge (polenta) or millet porridge. To add aesthetic appeal to your matcha porridge, use sliced bananas or strawberries as garnish.

3. Add Matcha to Light-Colored Soups and Purees

You can also add matcha powder to soups and purees. Light-colored soups and purees — such as those made from parsnips, turnips or sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) — will get a lovely green hue if you add a bit of matcha powder to the dish during the pureeing process.

4. Make Your Own Cha Soba Noodles

In Japan, green tea powder is commonly added to buckwheat noodles (soba noodles) to make what the Japanese call cha soba noodles. Cha soba noodles are available in many Asian markets and specialty stores in Western countries, but you can also make your own green tea noodles or pasta. Simply replace some of the flour in your noodle or pasta recipe with matcha or other green tea powder. The ratio 1 heaped teaspoon of matcha powder to every 100 grams (3.5 oz) of flour usually works well.

5. Turn Matcha Tea into Stylish Ice Cubes

A great way to use up extra matcha tea is to turn it into ice cubes. Simply fill an ice cube tray half way with cold matcha tea and place the tray in the freezer. Once the tea is frozen, remove the tray from the freezer and twist it gently in order to pop out the matcha ice cubes. You can use matcha green tea ice cubes to dress up cocktails, lemonade, and fizzy water.

6. Use Matcha in Your Favorite Smoothie

Macha powder is a great addition to smoothies, and mixing yourself a healthy smoothie is one of the best ways to get your daily dose of fruit and vegetables. To make a matcha-enriched smoothie, place 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into a cup, then add a bit of hot water. Whisk the mixture with a bamboo whisk in a zigzag motion until a smooth paste forms. Add the paste to your favorite smoothie and blend well.

7. Make a Cup of Traditional Matcha Tea

Last but not least, you can use matcha green tea powder to make a traditional green tea beverage used in Japanese tea ceremonies. This is how: First, place a little less than 1 teaspoon of matcha powder in a pre-warmed bowl. Then, add about 1/4 U.S. cup (60 ml) of hot water at 175°F (80°C). Whisk the mixture quickly in a back-and-forth motion using a chasen, a traditional matcha whisk made from bamboo. Once a froth forms on the surface, stop whisking; your matcha tea is ready to be drunk. Note: Metal whisks and other kitchen utensils may not be able to create enough froth.

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10 Benefits of Matcha Green Tea Powder

With a name that translates to ‘powdered tea,’ many first-time drinkers aren’t sure what to make of matcha.

Unlike other green teas that come in tea bags, matcha must be dissolved in water – leaves and all.

To drink this traditional Japanese beverage, matcha tea leaves are ground into a fine powder and added to steaming hot water in a shallow bowl. The powder is then whisked into a jade-green froth with a bamboo brush and drunk immediately.

This unique tea does more than give you a different flavor experience than regular tea, though.

Matcha green tea benefits come because the tea bushes are shaded from the sun for their last few weeks of growth. This creates a deeper green color in the leaves because their chlorophyll content increases. Naturally, this increases the tea’s antioxidant content and flavor profile to the point that matcha has a more profound flavor and rich umami taste.

Thanks to its gorgeous color and robust health qualities matcha tea is a favorite ingredient to add to lattes, smoothies, and even baked goods.

No matter how you prefer to enjoy it, incorporating matcha tea into your life will provide plenty of benefits.

History of Matcha Green Tea

The history of matcha tea begins with China, specifically during the Tang dynasty. Green tea leaves were powdered and dried into bricks so they can be used easily. To brew a cup, a small piece of it is broken off and stirred into a cup of hot water.

Green tea was too delicious to stay as a Chinese secret. In the 1100s, the idea of the drink was brought by a Japanese monk to his home and then it quickly took off. Eventually, powdered tea became more popular in Japan than China, But only royal and highly revered samurai soldiers were allowed to drink it due to its high cost.

Eventually, Japan’s passion for matcha green tea health benefits and flavor led to the development of the tea ceremony, a ritualized event enjoyed by the highest levels of society, and the perfect precursor for an afternoon of meditation.

Today, matcha tea is celebrated around the world for its incredible health benefits.

Should you add this ancient tea to your daily routine? These facts might convince you so.

Ten Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

Because you drink the entire leaf in a cup of matcha, it’s hardly surprising that the resulting brew is flush with far more vitamins and minerals than other forms of tea. However, the truth about just how healthy matcha really is might surprise you.

1. Natural Caffeine Source

One cup of matcha provides 32 grams of caffeine, which is three times as much as a regular cup of green tea and half of a small cup of coffee. This means that matcha might be what you need to wake up in the mornings and start your day feeling alert, but not jittery.

2. Boosts Mood, Memory, and Concentration

Matcha green tea benefits include a generous dose of L-Theanine, which is responsible for producing dopamine and serotonin, two chemicals that naturally improve your mood, enhance your memory, and even make it easier to concentrate on essential tasks.

L-Theanine in green tea can also stimulate alpha brain waves, which are known for slowing down your brain functioning in ways that increase your focus and concentration.

3. Energy + Calm

Unlike a cup of coffee that can leave you feeling jittery, matcha tea is renowned for promoting an ‘alert calm’ in drinkers, thanks to the amino acid l-theanine. This causes the tea’s caffeine content to be absorbed slower than other kinds of caffeine, giving you the benefits for hours without risk of overdoing it. These characteristics made matcha tea an invaluable drink in medieval Japan for all-afternoon meditation sessions that required participants to be both calm and alert.

4. Filled with Catechins

If you thought all antioxidants were created equal, think again. Matcha is filled to the brim with catechins, which are the most beneficial and most potent antioxidants available. One type of catechin, called the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), comprises 60% of the catechins found in matcha green tea and is renowned for its cancer-fighting properties. In fact, matcha has more than 100 times the EGCG level of other tea varieties.

But the antioxidant benefits of matcha don’t end there.

Matcha green tea benefits your body by providing ten times the amount of antioxidants in a cup of regular green tea. This jade green drink beats almost every superfood in regards to antioxidants, containing eight times more per serving than goji berries, 16 times more than blueberries, and 130 times more than spinach.

5. More Efficient Weight Loss

High concentrations of EGCG in matcha mean that this unassuming tea can increase the rate at which fat is burned as well as decrease the formation of new fat cells. This is because matcha can boost your metabolism, which is your body’s rate of burning calories each day. This means starting your day with matcha might make your workouts more effective.

6. Healthy Heart

Drinking matcha green tea is proven to be healthy for your heart. Research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that catechins in green tea can lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol, and it can also decrease your risk of suffering a stroke.

7. Chlorophyll Source

Because matcha tea leaves spend their last few weeks growing under shade cloth, they create an increased amount of chlorophyll. Research is still being conducted about the benefits of this material for human health, but some doctors believe it can help the body eliminate heavy metals and other toxic buildups.

8. Boosts Your Physical Endurance

Samurai soldiers once relied on a cup of matcha before they entered battle in Medieval Japan to calm their nerves, and you can get those same matcha green tea benefits today. All green tea contains caffeine, but matcha caffeine is released in your body in a slower, more stable way, allowing you to experience an increase in alertness and physical stamina for up to six hours after you drink it.

9. Skin Health

Matcha green tea’s health benefits mean that all those antioxidants are available to help support your skin health by reducing inflammation and preventing the development of damaging free radicals that lead to aging skin.

This is why our Green Tea Facial Scrub & Detox Mask both contain Matcha and very few other ingredients!

10. Fortifies the Immune System

Th catechins found in Matcha tea have robust antibiotic properties, which means they actively promote overall health and strengthen the immune system. A single bowl of matcha can fill you with ample amounts of potassium, vitamins C and A, iron, and calcium.

Where to Buy Matcha

All matcha is not created equal. The quality of matcha you buy makes all the difference in the health benefits that you get from it. Most matcha today is grown in China and Japan, and some are cultivated in contaminated soil that can contain toxic metals like lead.

For this reason, it’s crucial to buy your matcha from a reputable source so that you know exactly what is in it. Buying organic is even better, as it ensures you get a product that is free from synthetic pesticides and didn’t pollute the planet as it grew.

At Teami Blends, we believe in serving you only the best matcha tea on the market, which is why we are proud to sell Teami Matcha. This organic, USDA Certified Japanese green tea is of the highest quality, healthy, and delicious drunk hot, added to smoothies or mixed into your favorite baking recipe. Try Teami Matcha for yourself, and you’ll soon understand why this special drink has been celebrated throughout Japan for so many centuries. Don’t forget a matcha bowl, strainer, and whisk!

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Create Your Own Daily Rituals and Discover Amazing Matcha Green Tea Powder Benefits

How does your day begin?

For many people, the morning starts with a cup of coffee. While less of a ritual and more of a routine, the daily coffee habit helps us to wake up and get out the door.

But did you know that there is a healthier alternative to coffee that provides the same dose of “get up and go?”

Matcha tea powder may be a better option for your morning kick-start. Its unique nutritional profile contains L-theanine in addition to caffeine, an energy enhancing combination that doesn’t give you the following “crash” that comes with coffee.

And when you start your morning by sipping matcha, you’re not only choosing a drink with numerous long-term health benefits – you’re also setting the tone for a day of smart choices, body balance, and self-care.

Quick & Easy Preparation

With some hot water and a quick whisk, matcha powder can be ready for sipping in a matter of minutes. You don’t have to wait around for the coffeemaker to brew, and you won’t have to clean up any messy coffee grounds.

Clear Mind, Focused Energy

Sipping matcha tea in the morning can help you create a mental state that is calm yet alert, by clearing your mind and focusing your thoughts. Your body enjoys a boost from matcha’s nutrients and vitamins, and you’ll feel energized and ready to take on your to-do list.

Give Yourself a Moment

Drinking a cup of matcha tea is one of the best ways to unwind, and to bring your mind back to the present moment. If you need a little bit of “you” time, matcha can be a part of that routine. Sit down, silence your mobile phone, shut down your computer and turn off your TV. Taking a moment to savor a cup of matcha can be the perfect counterpoint to your busy modern lifestyle. Matcha green tea powder benefits can’t be expressed more. Not only the health benefits, but the taking the time to mentally unwind can vastly improve the most stressed of people.
Relax & Recharge

Many people experience a lull of energy and brainpower in the late afternoon or early evening. You may feel stressed or stalled out, with no energy to spare. This is a great time to have a cup of matcha. Green tea leaves are loaded with large amounts of antioxidants and amino acids that help you naturally recharge. One of the Matcha green tea powder benefits is that it relaxes you, while providing the boost of energy that you need. It’s the perfect ending to your day – much like the beginning to your morning.

How To Use Matcha Green Tea Powder – 10 Best Uses

You may not think there are that many ways to use Matcha tea (other than in regular old water), but there are! But first, why is Matcha ?

Matcha tea is a Japanese tea that uses the entire Matcha leaf. Rather than soaking leaves in hot water, you add Matcha’s powdered leaves which enables you to ingest more nutrients. Compared to traditional green tea, Matcha contains up to 100 times the amount of antioxidants, making it a good choice for any type of diet.

Ways to Use Matcha Tea

Here are ten ways to use Matcha tea in your kitchen staples.

Homemade Popsicles

Add Matcha tea to water and stir well. If desired, add agave for additional sweetness and freeze for four hours. It’s the perfect summer refreshment. Get more Popsicle recipes here.

Smoothies

You can easily add Matcha into your homemade smoothie. Combine with yogurt, berries, protein powder, or whatever else you’d like.

Ice Cream

Similar to Popsicles, you can also create homemade Matcha Ice Cream. We love this Matcha Banana “Ice Cream” made with frozen banana instead of cream.

Oatmeal

Add a sprinkle of Matcha to your oatmeal tomorrow morning. We recommend pairing it with fresh berries, bananas, or coconut flakes.

Yogurt

Add Matcha tea to your vanilla or strawberry yogurt for extra antioxidants.

Protein Balls

Next time you make protein balls or oatmeal bites, add a shake of Matcha in the mix.

Macrons

Yum! We see these Matcha Macrons with Red Bean paste and they look phenomenal.

Acai Bowl

Make an Acai bowl at home and add Matcha green tea powder. Stir it up for a light, enhanced flavor.

Sweet Bread Topping

Mix 1 part Matcha tea with 3 parts powdered sugar and sprinkle over your next sweet roll. You’ll get a light tea flavor that gives your bread a unique feel.

Mocktail

Try this Matcha and Mint Mocktail from Oh So Beautiful paper. Refreshing!

Where to Get Matcha

Now that you know the ways to use Match tea, you can shop Vitamin World for organic, pure Matcha tea.

Easy, Unpretentious Guide on How to Use Matcha Powder

Matcha, matcha, matcha — it’s all the rage these days. But it doesn’t look like your typical loose leaf tea, and making it can seem intimidating at first. Plus, what’s the big deal with it anyway? Is it really that great? Let’s dig in to the matcha tea powder craze and break it down!

What Is Matcha?

To put it simply, matcha is powdered green tea. Okay, it’s a bit more than that, but at the root of it all, that’s what you have. It’s most often recognized as the tea used during chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony, and has been referred to as “the espresso of tea” because of its caffeine content.

Now, not just any green tea can be powdered and called matcha. Genuine matcha comes from high quality shade-grown green tea which is steamed, leaf veins and stems removed, and finely chopped. In this form, the tea is known as tencha and is ready to be ground into matcha powder. Historically, the tencha would be stone milled (as you can see in this video); today it is most often ground by machines.

Our Plum Deluxe matcha green tea powder is made from high quality, fair trade, organic tencha and comes straight from Japan. Like most matcha, it’s dairy free, gluten free, and vegan!

Health Benefits of Matcha

Unlike drinking regular tea, with matcha tea powder you are consuming the entire leaf of the plant. That means you get even more health benefits from your beverage, including vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Matcha has been proven to help lower cholesterol and blood sugar and is also a source of vitamin C as well as beneficial minerals selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium. One of the biggest known benefits of matcha is its amount of EGCg, an antioxidant that boosts the metabolism and helps fight cancer.

Matcha has about three times the amount of caffeine of regular tea — about as much as a cup of coffee. However, since the human body tends to metabolize tea differently than coffee, the caffeine boost from matcha usually presents itself as a slow burn rather than a sudden burst. (Your mileage may vary; if you are very sensitive to caffeine, keep this in mind when drinking matcha.)

How to Make Matcha

The traditional method of making matcha tea — the one used in tea ceremonies — involves a bamboo whisk, called a chasen, and a small pottery bowl called a chawan. Two scoops of matcha powder are placed in a sieve using a special scoop called a chashaku; the matcha is sifted into the bowl to prevent lumps. A small amount (about 1/4 cup) of hot — but not boiling — water is poured over the matcha, and it is then whisked vigorously until a fine foam forms on the surface of the water.

If that sounds a bit intimidating for everyday matcha consumption — and if you’re having trouble finding a chasen — you can treat your matcha the same way you do hot cocoa. Simply place your desired amount of matcha powder into a mug (we recommend 1/2 to 1 teaspoon), add hot water (175 degrees), and use a regular kitchen whisk or fork to blend the tea into a froth.

Even easier is what I like to call the smoothie method: Add matcha and hot water to your blender jar, vent (so the heat doesn’t cause a blow-up), and blend. Done! This also works best for making refreshing iced matcha.

One note about drinking matcha: Because it’s the ground up whole tea leaf, it won’t dissolve into liquid. That means you should drink it quickly or it will settle to the bottom of the cup and need to be whisked again.

Other Ways to Use Matcha

Speaking of smoothies, matcha is a natural addition to your favorite blended beverage. It’s also delicious in baked goods such as these Sour Cream Matcha Muffins and this Matcha Mousse. Try adding a few teaspoons to your pancake batter, homemade ice cream, or chocolate truffles.

No matter how you use it, you’ll be enjoying the wonderful taste and health benefits of matcha green tea powder.

Its vibrant emerald hue has made matcha an Instagram fave. But the powder’s real beauty is in its off-the-charts nutritional perks.

Matcha comes from tea leaves that have been grown in the shade—a condition that forces the plant to produce more of certain health-promoting compounds (as well as chlorophyll, which provides that signature color). As a result, matcha contains concentrated doses (some say 137 times as much as brewed green tea) of the antioxidant EGCG and amino acid L-theanin. EGCG has been shown to ward off cancer, aid weight loss, and preserve heart and brain health, while L-theanin can increase brain waves associated with a state of calm and may help lower blood pressure, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., manager of nutrition services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

What’s more, in combination with caffeine (matcha typically has less than half as much as the average cup of coffee), L-theanin has been shown to increase focus and alertness without the jitters of java, providing what fans call “a gentle buzz.”

With so many benefits, it’s no wonder chefs have begun experimenting with the powder’s earthy, vegetal flavor. The matcha noodles at San Francisco’s Mission Chinese Food are a favorite; Parisian patisserie Pierre Herme rolls truffles in the green dust. And NYC’s Contra uses it as a coating for monkfish.

But you don’t have to go to a schmancy restaurant to lap up some matcha. You can find the powder in the $15 to $20 range at Whole Foods and other specialty markets (if the label doesn’t say “100 percent matcha green tea powder,” it may contain additives like sweeteners). So go on! It’s worth every ounce of buzz. Use these bright ideas to create your own matcha moment.

Green Tea Rice

In a small bowl, mix 1 teaspoon matcha powder with a pinch of kosher salt. Add 1/2 cup hot water, whisking until dissolved, about 1 minute. In another bowl, stir 1 sliced scallion and 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds into 1/2 cup cooked white rice and mound in the center. To serve, pour matcha around rice.

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Matcha Vinaigrette

In a lidded jar, combine 1 teaspoon matcha powder and 1 teaspoon water and shake for 30 seconds. Add 1 tablespoon each fresh lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil, 1 minced clove garlic, 1 teaspoon each minced shallot, tahini, and honey, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and shake until well combined.

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Matcha Chia Breakfast Pudding

Combine 1 cup vanilla or chocolate almond milk, 1/4 cup chia seeds, and 1 teaspoon matcha in a pint jar. Cover with a lid, shake for 30 to 60 seconds, and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, top with 1 tablespoon toasted coconut flakes and enjoy.

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Blackened Matcha Spice Rub

In a small bowl, mix 1 teaspoon matcha powder, 1/2 teaspoon each ground black pepper and garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon each kosher salt, ground ginger, and ground thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. (Get more delicious recipes from Scratch, a cookbook by our CEO, Maria Rodale!)

Matcha Ice Cubes

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon matcha into 1/4 cup cool water and whisk vigorously for about 2 minutes to remove clumps, then add another 1/4 cup water. When fully combined, pour into an ice cube tray and allow any foam to subside before freezing.

Matcha is having a major moment. People are using this bright-green powder it to make everything from tea, sparkling tonics, and smoothies, to matcha-infused snacks like ice cream and cookies. The hot health food has inspired a weird cult-like following, as the U.S. seems finally to have caught on to what Japan has known for 800 years: This powder is freaking good for you.

With more than 900 studies on matcha’s health benefits, researchers have linked the stuff to everything from cancer prevention to better-looking hair and nails. It’s also been shown to increase metabolism and suppress hunger, and some research even suggests that matcha can reduce the risk of depression.

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But what is matcha, exactly?

Matcha means “powdered tea.” A cup of matcha is made by dissolving finely ground tea leaves in warm water. Unlike a regular tea, where the leaves are discarded after brewing, you drink the matcha leaves. That means you’re taking in more catechins—antioxidant compounds responsible for benefits like boosting metabolism and preventing cancer—than you would by steeping tea leaves in boiling water. In fact, it’s estimated that one cup matcha equals 10 cups steeped tea when it comes to antioxidant content.

How much caffeine is in matcha?

A cup of matcha contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of brewed coffee—which is quite a bit stronger than most teas because you’re consuming whole leaves. If you’ve ever struggled with shakiness from caffeine, matcha may be a better brew for you: Matcha is often touted as providing a source of “calm energy.” It contains L-theanine, an amino acid that works synergistically with caffeine to boost cognitive performance.

Matcha has an earthy flavor that some describe as mossy or spinach-like.

That sounds disgusting. How do you make it taste good?

Matcha can be delicious—but you’ve got to buy the right kind. The key is buying high-quality powder. Look for ceremonial grade or hyper-premium matcha, not the culinary kind, which is used to color baked goods and beverages but tastes bitter when brewed into tea. These finer grades dissolve faster in water and have a smoother taste. They also come from the newest growth of the tea plant, which means they contain more antioxidants.

Look for super-vibrant, almost fluorescent-colored tea.

Eric Gower, owner of the online matcha market Breakaway Matcha, estimates that the majority of green tea powder on the market today is culinary grade. Problem is, “there are no regulations on packaging, so you can put ‘ceremonial grade’ on the packaging even if it’s not,” he says. The best way to get the good stuff? Look for premium grades from Japan, where producers tend to follow an unspoken set of regulations.

You should also look at the color of the powder before buying. Matcha is shade-grown, which forces its leaves to overproduce chlorophyll, the compound that gives plants a green color. Look for super-vibrant, almost fluorescent-colored tea, says Emeric Harney of Harney & Sons tea. If it’s dull, don’t buy it.

Matcha Teas to Buy

Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder Jade Leaf Matcha amazon.com $9.95 Matcha Wellness Green Tea Powder eco heed amazon.com $10.00 Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder Jade Leaf Organics amazon.com $24.95 TEAki Hut Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder TEAki Hut amazon.com $6.95

I’ve got my matcha powder. How do I make matcha tea?

Gower suggests using 150- to 175-degree water for best results, blending the powder with the liquid using a whisk. The ratio of matcha to water is up to the drinker—more matcha results in a thicker, frothier tea.

High in antioxidants, Matcha green tea offers many great health benefits and calming effects. Drinking this beloved Japanese tea could be your new morning routine. Learn how to make a perfect cup of matcha (Japanese Green Tea) at home!

As I was writing this post, I realized that my love for matcha started around the young age of eight.

I remember my grandma took me to the Japanese tea ceremony – Ochakai (お茶会). I got to dress up and pretended to be a grown-up “lady”. Even though I was too young to comprehend the full meaning of the rituals, I was captivated by the gracefulness of the host and the elaborate presentation. The first taste of matcha hit me as strong and bitter initially, but as the richness lingered in my mouth I began to appreciate its unique earthiness, and I’ve loved matcha ever since.

Today I enjoy making matcha at home as a way to relax and for its many health benefits. To share with you this wonderful restorative Japanese tea, I’ve put together an informative guide and a video on how to make a perfect cup of matcha at home.

Watch How To Make Matcha (Japanese Green Tea) 抹茶の点て方

Relax and enjoy with authentic matcha at home. Green tea is full of antioxidants, and the unique earthy matcha flavor is irresistible.

Matcha 101

What is Matcha?

Matcha (pronounce: “MA-cha” 抹茶) is finely milled green tea powder.

What’s the difference between matcha and regular loose-leaf green tea?

The tea plantations that are designated for matcha are completely shaded for about 20 days before harvesting so that the tea grows without direct exposure to sunlight. This causes both the amino acid theanine and the alkaloid caffeine in the tea leaves to increase and yields a sweet flavor and distinct aroma.

How is matcha made?

  1. Shading: Early to mid-April, tea leaves designated for matcha are completely shaded.
  2. Harvesting: Around early May the tea leaves are carefully picked.
  3. Steaming: As soon as the leaves are picked, they go through steaming process to prevent them from being oxidized and retain natural green color, fragrance, and nutrition. The main difference between Japanese green tea and other teas (Chinese green tea, black tea etc) is that Japanese tea leaves are steamed.
  4. Cooling/Drying: The leaves are passed through the various stages of an air machine to cool and dry.
  5. Grinding: The tea leaves are ground into a fine powder. Traditionally, it’s manually ground on a stone mill, but these days it’s done with machines.

Why is matcha good for your health?

It is an antioxidant powerhouse. Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for giving us younger-looking skin, boosting memory and concentration, increasing energy level, burning fat, and preventing a number of life-threatening diseases like cancer.

Does Matcha contain caffeine?

Matcha powder has as much caffeine as coffee, but it is absorbed by the body at a slower rate. That means matcha has less of the caffeine side effects. If you are looking for a drink that can give you a longer lasting energy, matcha is a great option for those who want to quit coffee.

How long does green tea powder last? How should I store matcha?

The shelf-life of an unopened package depends on how it is packaged. In general, high quality (unopened) green tea powder lasts for 6 months. It’s best to use up within 2-3 weeks of opening the package. To store, seal the package tightly and store inside an airtight can. Avoid storing in direct sunlight and areas with high temperature or humidity. You can do this easily by drinking more matcha green tea or making delicious desserts!

3 Things You Need To Make Matcha

Since matcha is in the form of a finely ground powder, the way we make it is very different from the way to prepare loose-leaf green teas. In Japan, special tea utensils are typically used to prepare matcha. Below are the main tea utensils (and alternative suggestions) you will need to make matcha:

1) Chawan (Tea Bowl) 茶碗

Chawans are available in a wide range of sizes and styles, and different styles are used for thick and thin tea. Shallow bowls, which allow the tea to cool quickly are used in summer; deep bowls are used in winter to keep the tea hot for a longer time.

Where To Buy: You can buy the chawans on Amazon or check if the nearby Japanese ceramic store carry any. Alternatively, you can use a similar size bowl (diameter should be at least 4 3/4 inch or 12 cm).

Cleaning & Storage: Rinse the chawan well and store in open air to dry. After the surface has dried, allow additional time for the bowl to dry completely as ceramic tends to retain moisture internally.

2) Chasen (Tea Whisk) 茶筌

This bamboo whisk is called chasen and the one in the above image has 80 tines. It’s great for whisking matcha thoroughly to create nice rich foam.

Where To Buy: You can purchase on Amazon. If you have an electric frother, you can use it instead.

Cleaning & Storage: Rinse the chasen well without using detergent and dry and store upright (tines up) in the open air.

3) Chashaku 茶杓

A chashaku (‘teascoop’) is a traditional Japanese tea utensil for measuring out a serving of powdered matcha. My chashaku is carved from bamboo, but some are made from rare woods or ivory.

For one tea bowl, you will need 1 and 1/2 heaping scoops of green tea powder (= about 2 g) and 2 to 2.4 oz (60-70 ml) of hot water.

Where To Buy: You can purchase chashaku here. You can alternatively use a regular teaspoon. 1 teaspoon of powdered match is 2 grams, and that’s what you’ll need for making one tea bowl.

Cleaning & Storage: Gently wipe the chashaku with a soft dry cloth or tissue. Do not use water.

Optional Items

Extra Tea Bowl: If you’re using boiling water instead of measuring the exact temperature of hot water (185F/85C), prepare an extra tea bowl. You will need to pour the boiling water into the extra tea bowl first so it’ll cool down before whisking.

Cloth: Use cloth such as 100% cotton to dry your tea bowl.

Fine Sieve: A fine sieve helps to remove powdered lumps. If you don’t own one, make sure to spend extra time at step 8 (in the recipe) to blend well with green tea powder and hot water before pouring more hot water into the tea bowl.

2 Types of Matcha Green Tea

Depending on the preparation method, there are two types of matcha: the thinner Usucha (薄茶) and the thicker Koicha (濃茶).

Koicha is the green tea of choice in the Japanese tea ceremonies and special tea parties. It is much sweeter and more full bodied than Usucha.

For a beginner and everyday use, I recommend making usucha.

Enjoy Matcha At Home Without Going To Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese tea ceremony (or we call Sado (茶道), Chado (茶道) or Chanoyu (茶の湯) or Ocha (お茶) in Japanese) is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving matcha. The whole process is not about drinking tea; it’s all about aesthetics and considerations the host of the ceremony have for the guests with every movement and gesture.

As a guest, there are a lot of etiquettes and rules to follow when you attend the ceremony. For example, when matcha is served by a host, you hold the tea bowl with your right hand on its side and left hand under the cup. Then you will need to rotate the bowl a little to the right before drinking.

Why do we “turn” the bowl? When the host places the tea bowl in front of you, you are looking at the most beautiful part of the bowl. It is rude if you put your mouth directly on it, therefore you turn the bowl to the side and drink.

You can always experience the Japanese tea ceremony at tea houses in, but I also wanted to show you how easily you can prepare delicious matcha at home and enjoy it without attending the Japanese tea ceremony.

A simple ritual of making matcha is always a welcome relaxation anytime of the day. For me, the act of whisking and partaking the emerald green cup of tea reminds me to take a slower pace of life and appreciate the beauty of simplicity. I hope it will bring you the same calming experience as well.

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5 from 3 votes How To Make Matcha (Japanese Green Tea) Prep Time 5 mins Total Time 5 mins High in antioxidants, Matcha green tea offers many great health benefits and calming effects. Drinking this beloved Japanese tea could be your new morning routine. Learn how to make a perfect cup of matcha (Japanese Green Tea) at home! Course: Drinks Cuisine: Japanese Keyword: green tea, matcha drink Servings: 1 cup of matcha Author: Nami Ingredients Usucha (thin matcha)

  • 1 tsp matcha (green tea powder) (1 tsp = 2 g = 1 ½ heaping ladles)
  • 2 oz boiling water (2 oz = 70 ml)

Koicha (thick matcha)

  • 2 tsp matcha (green tea powder) (2 tsp = 4 g = 3 heaping ladles)
  • 1.4 oz boiling water (1.4 oz = 40 ml)

Instructions

  1. Prepare matcha and tea set.

  2. Pour boiling water into the bowl.
  3. Gently whisk the tip of the Chasen in the hot water. This warms up the bowl and soften the bamboo tines, making the chasen flexible and springy for effective whisking action.
  4. Discard the hot water from the bowl and dry the inside of the bowl with a clean dry cloth.
  5. Scoop 2 tsp. (1 ½ heaping teascoops) matcha into your fine mesh strainer. If you use a chashaku, the scoop should be rounded, and reaching just the point where the chashaku starts to bend.
  6. Sift your matcha into your dry empty bowl. This will ensure there are no clumps and your tea will be smooth.
  7. Pour boiling water into a teacup and let it cools down for a minute (to 185F / 85C).
  8. Gently add very small amount of hot water into the bowl with matcha.
  9. Take the whisk in one hand and hold the rim of the tea bowl with your other hand. Combine the matcha and hot water till it blends well.
  10. Gently pour hot water into the bowl until it’s 1/3 full (roughly 70 ml).
  11. For Usucha, whisk the matcha and hot water briskly in a quick, back-and-forth stroking “W”(or “M”) motion using your wrist (not arm). When the tea has small bubbles, start whisking the surface of the tea, and continue until matcha has a thick froth with many tine bubbles on the surface.
  12. At the end, draw one circle and pick up the whisk in the center of the matcha tea. This will create a slightly higher fluffy foam at the center.
  13. For Koicha, you’re not making a frothy consistency with a fast whisking action. Instead, a slow kneading action from left to right, up and down, and a gentle 360 degree rotating action to make a thick, smooth, and even consistency without froth.
  14. Serve matcha immediately with wagashi (Japanese sweets). Since matcha is a powdered leaf, it does not actually “dissolve” The fine particles become suspended in the hot water during whisking. Therefore please enjoy the matcha before particles settle to the bottom of the bowl.
  15. Rinse the chasen thoroughly in warm water after each use and stand it on its base so the tines are sticking up in the air. Rinse and dry your bowl.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is not to teach proper method for Japanese tea ceremony, but to make delicious matcha at home.

Matcha: Matcha is in the form of finely ground leaves. It will not actually dissolve.

Equipment you will need:

  • Chasen (tea whisk)
  • Chashaku (tea ladle)
  • Chawan (tea bowl)
  • Small fine mesh strainer
  • Teacup

What is Matcha?
Matcha is a powdered green tea that is typically used in the Japanese tea ceremony. It is made from the highest grade of Gyokuro Japanese green tea. The finest shade-grown tea buds are plucked, the stems and veins are removed, and the leaves are carefully ground into a fine powder. Grinding can take up to an hour to produce 30 grams of matcha.

What does it taste like?
Matcha makes a thick brew that some say is an acquired taste. It has a very fresh flavor with a sweet astringency.

What is it used for?
In addition to being used for the Japanese tea ceremony, matcha is also commonly used as an ingredient in ice cream, chocolates, candies, smoothies, lattes, tempuras, and rice or noodle flavoring..

How do you prepare Matcha?

Ceremonial Grade Matcha

  • Using a chashaku (bamboo tea scoop), measure 1 1/2 to 2 scoops of matcha (1/2 teaspoon) into a chawan (tea bowl).
  • Add 1/4 cup of simmering water (160-170 degrees) to chawan.
  • Using a chasen (bamboo tea whisk), whisk the matcha and hot water. Hold the chasen vertically and barely touching the bottom of the bowl. Stir slowly until matcha is dissolved. Then briskly whisk back and forth in the middle of the tea bowl.
  • When a light foam has developed, slowly lift the whisk from the center of the bowl and enjoy.

TeaSource has made preparing matcha at home easy by offering everything you need to prepare matcha. Including: a chawan, chasen, chashaku, and a natsume (tea caddy to store your tea). You can also make matcha without using the traditional tools by following the basic guidelines above and using a small, round bowl and a kitchen whisk.

Flavored Matcha

  • Hot: Dissolve 2 level tsp in 8oz boiling water.
  • Iced: Dissolve 1 Tbl in 8oz boiling water. Pour over ice.

You can also make matcha at home, non-traditionally, by following the basic guidelines above and by using a small round tea cup and a small kitchen whisk.

Traditionally, a sweet is eaten before drinking matcha, which compliments matcha’s flavor.

I had my little bamboo whisk and a pretty ceramic bowl, so why was my matcha bitter and flat instead of frothy and sweet like it should be? I wanted the brilliant green color, subtle umami flavor, and almost-creamy texture (not to mention the purported health benefits) of this tea at its best. After taking tea ceremony lessons for a month in Japan—it always turned out delicious there—I still didn’t know how to make good matcha consistently (maybe because my grasp of the Japanese language is elementary at best).

When I brought home a tiny tin of high-grade matcha from Kyoto’s famous Ippodo tea shop, it whisked up frothy and sweet in seconds. That was the first and most important thing I needed to learn about making good matcha: high-quality tea is essential (later I’d learn that not only is it sweeter, but the tea leaves are ground finer). The culinary-grade stuff that I thought was a bargain was suitable for making sweets, but not for drinking straight.

To learn more, I visited Zach Mangan, cofounder and director of Kettl, at his small showroom in Brooklyn. Kettl works directly with farmers in Japan’s best tea-producing regions to distribute fine tea in America. We drank a lot of matcha together and talked about what you need —and don’t need—to prepare it at home. (Shortcut: Kettl sells a kit with everything you’ll want to get started, and so does Ippodo.)

Japanese tea ceremony revolves around the making and serving of matcha. It’s said to be the essence of hello and goodbye—a highly ritualized social interaction. Each gesture, from how to enter the room to how to clean the bowl when you finish, is choreographed, deliberate, and delicate. You don’t need to be that precise to enjoy matcha, but channeling just a little of the focus and grace of tea ceremony makes it more enjoyable to prepare and drink your tea.

1. Buy good matcha.
A puff of vibrant green powder with a sweet grassy aroma indicates that you’ve opened a good tin of matcha. But how do you choose one off the shelf? Don’t bother with matcha made anywhere but Japan. Look for a best-by date stamped somewhere on the packaging (if it doesn’t have one, they have something to hide, says Mangan). Tins are easy to serve from, but bags are okay too as long as they are opaque to protect the tea from light. Buy matcha in small batches that you can use quickly; like spices or coffee, it loses its potency once opened.

Matcha is expensive because growing, harvesting, and grinding the tea leaves into powder is a labor-intensive process (and then it has to get here from Japan). It might seem like a bargain, but you definitely don’t want to drink culinary-grade matcha (except maybe in a smoothie or sweetened latte). In the U.S., higher grades of matcha are often labeled as “ceremonial.” In Japan, they are categorized as usucha, for making thin tea (most likely the matcha you know), and koicha for making thick tea (more like the texture of a very rich hot chocolate, often an acquired taste).

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