Thursday, August 8, 2019

How to Make Matcha Tea

I am a coffee drinker. Through and through I love me some mocha cold brew with a splash of almond milk. But there are those days, which are happening more often than not lately, that I need something a little lighter on the tummy and green tea is my go-to. Matcha tea to be more specific. 

Watch how to make it 

What is Matcha? 

Matcha is high grade specially grown green tea leaves that have been ground down with a stone into a fine powder. FUN FACT: There is more caffeine in Matcha powder than bagged green tea leaves.

Why Matcha?

Matcha is an amazing source of clean energy, helps to reduce inflammation in the body and support healthy skin cells. YAY you know how I feel about plump happy skin. It is said to have cancer fighting properties too and boosts the bodies metabolism which aids in weight loss. Which is why it is great to drink this first thing in the morning.

According to the Teami website the benefits of Matcha are :

◉ Accelerates Weight Loss
◉ Burns Calories
◉ Boosts Metabolism
◉ Increases Energy & Focus
◉ High in Antioxidants
◉ Detoxifies the Body
◉ Strengthens the Immune System
◉ Improves Cholesterol

Supplies Needed to make Matcha

◦ Bowl ◦ Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha Powder ◦ Strainer
◦ Bamboo Whisk ( or electrical frother) ◦ Hot (not boiling) Water
optional lemon, honey, glass of ice

 How to make Matcha :

Set out your supplies and scoop one teaspoon of Teami Matcha powder into the strainer over your mixing bowl.
 Gently start to sifting the powder through the strainer. This helps eliminate clumps and with give your tea a smooth creamy texture.
Once sifted and clumps eliminated. Start to our the hot water to the side of powder.
 Add just enough water to cover the powder .
If this is your first time using your Bamboo whisk. Make sure to soak it in a mug of water for 5-10 minutes before using.
 Start to mix the powder and water together by using 'M 'or 'W' motions.

Frothing at the top of the mixture is ideal.

At this point you have made traditional Matcha tea. Feel free to stop here and sip away.

I like my tea to be a bit sweet and a tad tart. I like to add one teaspoon of raw locally sourced honey into the hot whisked Matcha mixture.

I will then express one half of a lemon over a cup of ice.

Pour the honey and Matcha mixture over the lemon and ice.
At this point the drink will be very strong. I like to fill the rest of my glass up with chilled water.
Throw in a reusable straw and you are good to go.

There are a couple more steps to making FRESH Matcha from powder form. But to me all of the health benefits of this super powder are worth the few extra seconds.

I am by far not an expert on Matcha. 
I am open to hearing how you like to drink your Matcha tea 

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