I thought I would do a post to highlight one of my most favourite things, Matcha green tea. If you know me, you know my love of tea and good tea is like fine wine; there is an art to preparing and tasting it well. The art of preparing this tea is a wonderful experience to savor each day.
I shared a video tutorial on YouTube demonstrating the art of making Matcha tea the traditional Japanese way, which you can find here. I love savoring this drink each morning for its subtly energizing, yet calming effects. It has a very earthy flavour which can be tempered with a small amount of your choice of natural sweetener.
Not only is this beautiful green tea very beneficial for overall health and well-being, it is soothing and uplifting and a great way to start each morning. Matcha tea contains beneficial antioxidants and l-theanine, an amino acid analogue which gives green tea is relaxing yet stimulating effects.
Be sure to source a good organic brand of ceremonial grade Matcha [I prefer DO Matcha Brand for its ease of availability] and invest in a traditional bamboo whisk and spoon if you’re looking to prepare this health promoting drink the traditional way.
TRADITIONAL MATCHA TEA PREPARATION
Enjoy the meditative practice of preparing matcha tea the traditional Japanese way.
- Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea
- Boiling Water
- Bamboo Whisk
- Bambo spoon
- Small sieve
- small heat proof ceramic bowl
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and pour in into your Matcha bowl [I use a regular 4 cup size glass bowl].
Gently swirl your bamboo whisk in the water. This step allow your bowl to warm and moistens your whisk.
Discard water from your Matcha bowl.
Use a clean cotton cloth to dry the bowl thoroughly. Traditionally, you wipe around the rim of the bowl three times and then in the centre once.
Using a bamboo spoon, gather one heap of Matcha tea [this is approximately 1/2-3/4 teaspoon]. Place the Matcha in a tea sieve and sift into your bowl using the back of the bamboo spoon.
Pour approximately 70 ml of your hot water over the Matcha. Ideal water temperature for Matcha tea is between 65-85'C.
Whisk back and forth in a "W" shape. You don't want your whisk to be scraping along the bottom of the bowl, only about 2/3 of the way down.
After whisking for approximately one minute, the Matcha will have a beautiful green froth on top. There should be no large bubbles in the froth; if so, gently whisk them away. In Japan, serving Matcha tea with large bubbles in considered a rude gesture.
Blow gently on the Matcha tea 3 times. You want to blow gently towards the back of the Matcha bowl so the air moves back over the tea and to your lips again.
Enjoy your traditionally prepared Matcha tea in three long sips.