Matcha tea traces its origin in China, and its popularity in Japan in earlier 1500s and now popularized all over the world due to the numerous health benefits that it offers. It is regarded as the best quality of powdered tea that one can take.
The matcha tea farmers apply various technical measures to ensure that the drink meets its nutritional content. For instance, they cover it using bamboo mats or tarp, several weeks before the harvest. This measure prevents the crop from receiving direct sunlight, to increase the level of chlorophyll in the leaves which in turn makes them greener.
Adequate chlorophyll of the leaves changes the texture and even the flavor of the tea leaves. It stirs rapid growth on the leaves, resulting in better taste. After some time, these leaves are hand picked and readied for the next stages. The fermentation process stops right at the moment the leaves are plucked from the farm. They are dried to get rid of moisture content and kept in a cold storage unit. These two processes help to enhance the overall flavor of the tea.
The dried leaves are ground into a fine powder that is more edible. When in powder form, matcha tea can be used for various purposes. Initially, it was just mixed with water and consumed like any other beverage. Today, however, people have come up with more creative methods of preparing this tea. Currently, it is an ingredient that is used with a wide range of foods and drinks. It can be infused with green tea, pancakes, and muffins, meaning that you can it to wherever you go.
Taking matcha as a drink
This is the easiest and probably the quickest way of making this tea. You need to add some few drops of hot water into the powder first so that it forms a thick paste. Then, add more water to the desired quantity of tea that you want, stir it and serve for drinking. Note that one teaspoon of matcha tea can be added to 6 ounces of water.
Taking matcha for leisure
The versatile nature of this healthy tea makes it possible for you to enjoy the drink just for leisure. You can add nut base milk into the powder, then enjoy your tea. One main reason why this kind of milk is recommended is that it does not have any adverse effects on the antioxidants found in matcha tea. This is unlike the protein-rich dairy milk, which can react with some of the contents of matcha.
Health experts claim that you can derive the full benefits of matcha tea by taking one or two teaspoons of the powder on a daily basis.
Before you go and dive into our posts about matcha green tea here’s a 7 minute long video you should watch which explains the basics of matcha by Dr. Jim Nicolai