Matcha tea is Japanese green tea. Though it is known for green tea, nowadays it is gaining popularity as matcha green tea lattes, desserts, and matcha shots. Then what does the word matcha mean? It simply means ‘grounded tea’ as the leaves of this tea are finely grounded into a green powder. Here is the complete guide of:- How to Make Matcha Tea.
Matcha is made from the fast-growing shrub Camellia Sinensis. Interestingly, matcha green tea has a lot of buzz because of its high antioxidant property, which is about 10 to 12 times that of normal green tea. Due to a lot of chlorophyll, it gives a vibrant green color to the powder. It also has a very noticeable distinct flavor that balances the bitter and sweet flavor.
A Unique Way of Harvesting Matcha Tea
To increase the level of chlorophyll production into the plant it is covered and kept in dark preventing direct sunlight for about 20 to 30 days. After this, they are harvested, and once grown, the stems and veins are cut and removed. Only the leaves are ground to make a fine powder. The whole essence of the tea along with the nutrients gets into the powder. Later it gets strained into the divine cup of tea.
How to Make Matcha Green Tea?
The whole world has started consuming green tea considering its benefits. Matcha green tea is one of the famous tasty teas people consume. It is super easy to make, let’s know how.
- Matcha Green tea
- Sweetener (optional)
- Take the Matcha Green tea powder into a strainer or mesh to sieve it. This will make sure there are no clumps.
- Then, add a cup of hot boiling water into it and let it cool down for a minute.
- After it cools down, start to whisk the tea with a spoon or whisk machine. You can even use a bamboo stick/whisk in a circular motion.
- You will start seeing froth coming and the tea will turn light green.
- Your smooth Matcha Green tea is ready.
Drink it immediately to enjoy the warmth of the tea as after some time the powder starts to settle down.
How to Make Perfect Matcha Green Latte Tea?
Who does not like froth in their drink? And if you are a tea lover and enjoy having froth in it, this is the recipe you should look for. Use the same ingredients that you used for making simple Matcha green tea. Only keep milk as an additional ingredient along with some mint leaves.
- Take ¼ teaspoon matcha tea powder for one cup of tea (increase accordingly).
- Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of hot water or lukewarm water to the cup.
- Whisk it well with a spoon or bamboo whisk until you start seeing froth or green tea paste.
- Then, take warm milk and fill the cup with it.
- Mix the paste of tea and milk till it blends well.
- Garnish it with mint leaves or matcha powder and serve with some cookies.
(Note: Do not use boiled water it would result in a bad taste)
It is quite easy to make a summer drink out of this recipe. You can chill the drink and serve it with ice cubes and a refreshing cup of Iced Matcha tea latte is ready.
How to Make Simple Iced Matcha Tea
- Matcha tea
- Shaker or airtight container
- Take an airtight container and pour regular or cold water into it.
- Add matcha powder and shake the container vigorously for 1 to 2 minute.
- Pour the tea into the glass with ice cubes and your delicious matcha tea is ready.
How to make Matcha Tea without a whisk
Sometimes it takes a lot of time in whisking it and instead, we want quick and instant tea. Thus, here’s a solution to that.
Prepare your tea first and then put it into the air-tight jar or container and start skiing until you see a decent layer of froth in it. This is the easiest way used widely. It will make your drink smooth and frothy quickly even when you are in a hurry.
Using a blender is also an easy and quick way and we don’t have to put any manual effort into it.
Along with the taste, we always make sure that whatever we consume is healthy for us. If asked why you should make and have all these teas, here are the different health benefits you would get.
Rich in Antioxidants
As mentioned previously, matcha tea is a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent damage to our cells from free radicals. This helps in improving the immune system. Compared to the steeping green leaf powder, it has more levels of antioxidants. Due to this property, it may keep our cells healthy and might prevent chronic diseases. Certain scientific studies have shown that matcha prevents or inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
As we all know, consuming green tea burns fat, which leads to weight loss. Along with weight loss, it keeps you fit by boosting your metabolism. It is more effective if you are doing adequate exercise.
Drinking matcha tea not only helps you to get healthy from the inside but also from the outside. The best advantage is it works for all skin types. Matcha produces elastin, which helps our skin to retain its elasticity. It helps maintain complexion and works as an anti-inflammatory too.
Because of today’s lifestyle, many deaths occur due to heart disease. This tea maintains the level of cholesterol and hence prevents strokes. By adding green tea or matcha green tea, one can prevent heart risk and stay healthy.
Matcha contains a nice amount of caffeine which boosts energy and increases concentration span. It also contains L-theanine which reduces excitatory (which leads to anxiety and stress) and hence gives a calming effect.
Green tea has become important in everybody’s lives, as everyone wants to be fitter and stronger. Matcha green tea is one of the best choices for that. The best part is, it is extremely affordable, easily available, super simple to make, and way too delicious. The color, fragrance, and taste are in sync. It is an amazing health drink and can be consumed every day for better results.
Uniquely, Matcha tea can be consumed in any way you want. We can make a hot cup of matcha green tea or serve it with ice cubes, add creaminess by making a latte, or can even drink it plain. Along with this, edibles like smoothies, pastries, etc can also be made from matcha. Different flavors of it, like berry matcha tea, etc are also available.