Matcha Green Tea Powder and Matcha Benefits
Many people ask, "What is Matcha Powder"
Matcha is spring picked shade grown green tea that is very finely powdered.
Some of the health benefits that you may gain from drinking Matcha are:
- Increased energy level for up to 4 hours
- A state of relaxation yet calm mental alertness
- Boost of metabolism
- Helps to regulate blood sugar levels
- Contains a much higher antioxidant content than regular brewed green tea May help with cholesterol management
- Acts as a strong blood detoxifier and alkalizer
- May support healthy teeth and gums
Ways to Drink Matcha
Traditionally it is whisked into hot water to be consumed as a frothy drink. This traditionally prepared Matcha is full bodied, starting off astringent and vegetal but there is a lingering sweetness once swallowed. Different grades of Matcha have different levels of sweetness. Matcha is the tea world’s expresso. More concentrated & higher in caffeine than regular green tea.
The sweetest Matchas will cost the most. The higher end Matcha we carry is Japanese Sublime Organic. It has great taste and mixes well with water. It has a higher cost of $24.00 for 50g. If you use approximately 1⁄2 g or 1⁄4 tsp. per cup, this package will make around 100 cups which only costs $0.25 a cup.
A mid-grade Matcha we carry is Chinese Organic Premium Matcha.
Culinary (Chinese) Matcha is lighter in colour and stronger in flavour. There are still good healthy properties it just isn’t as intense a flavour or colour. Great for lattes, smoothies, baking, ice cream, salts etc., the Matcha found in our Chai latte mix.
Traditional way to make Matcha
A small amount of Matcha is placed into the bowl, traditionally using a bamboo scoop called chashaku, and then a small amount of hot not boiling water is added. The mixture is then whisked to a uniform consistency, using a bamboo whisk known as a Chasen. There must be no lumps left in the liquid and no ground tea should remain on the sides of the bowl. It is traditionally served with a small sweet.
Other ways to prepare is to use an immersion blender. This will help to whisk the Matcha and break up the lumps. Another way is to treat the Matcha as you would when you prepare hot chocolate using cocoa powder. If you add a small amount of hot water to make a paste and then add the rest of the water it will also mix with few lumps. When making a smoothie the Matcha will mix easily when you blend all the smoothie ingredients together.
To prepare Matcha as a hot drink I generally use 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 tsp of Matcha per cup. Using more may result in too green of a taste for your palate. If you are new to Matcha it is best to use less at the start. When making a smoothie I generally use aprox. 1 tsp per cup. You need to use more when blending with milks and other ingredients.
When using Matcha to bake use approx. 1 tbsp of Matcha for 1 1⁄2 cups of flour. Sometimes I remove a little of the flour and replace that amount with Matcha. If you use it in baked goods that are light in colour then they may have a greenish tinge. Using Matcha in baked goods like brownies will hide the green colour.
Ideas to use Matcha:
Add vanilla powder and honey crystals
Dissolve Matcha in a flavoured tea – lemon chiffon, peppermint, peach apricot, strawberry kiwi Rooibos
When using a Rooibos tea along with the Matcha tea you are actually benefiting from the different antioxidants found in both teas.