MY LOVE FOR MATCHA

 

It's clear. I have a matcha (latte) addiction. Since I started posting about matcha on instagram, I began to receive at least a few questions a week in my DM's/email/comments/(you name it) asking what matcha I use, why I use glass straws, what my favorite match is etc, etc. So, I suppose that would mean it's time for a blog post about matcha; in a way, I feel like this post is LONG overdue. I'm going to answer all of the matcha FAQ's as well as link you guys to where I get the goods. If you have any questions that aren't listed here, just message me and I will add them!

To preface, I just want to state that it is so important to know what kind matcha you are buying, and that it is quality. You will not get the same taste and health benefits if you’re drinking fake or low quality matcha. One of the reasons I love matcha is the ceremony and process behind it, and because it is such a pure tea straight from the leaf plucked from the earth! So I would hope that while it’s pretty trendy right now, people would educate themselves on what matcha is, and why you even want to drink it! It’s also important to know how to store and care for your matcha to get the most out of it. I’m going to attempt to share everything I know so this could be your one stop matcha education and you don’t have to google and read ten different articles. So here we go!

What is matcha?
Matcha is powdered green tea leaves. The difference between matcha and regular tea is that, unlike regular tea where you filter water through tea leaves, matcha is the actual tea leaves you’re consuming - this is why it’s ground up in powder form. Because you’re consuming the tea leaf itself it amplifies the effects, benefits/nutrients of the the tea.

How do I know if it’s quality matcha?

1)
Quality matcha should be bright vibrant green, so observing the colour will be a telling sign whether or not it’s quality matcha.

2) A high grade matcha is smooth, silky and finely textured, while the low-quality powders are rough and harsh in texture.

3) Good quality powder has a natural, vegetal, sweet taste, while an inferior quality is identified with a more bitter taste.

4) Good quality matcha powder should smell sweet due to being rich in amino acids and astringent. These elements are not present in lower quality matcha powder.

5) Know where it was sourced. To ensure that you are purchasing good quality organic matcha green tea powder, check the direct source or origin. The best quality of matcha is produced and processed in Japan, especially in the Kyoto, Uji and Nishio regions.

Does matcha have caffeine?
Matcha does have caffeine. Many people have replaced drinking coffee with matcha, because it is known for being easier on the stomach and does not give you the jitters. It also has a smoother delivery without the crash. The amount of caffeine is 25% of your average cup of coffee, however you can strengthen it by simply adding more powder.

What are matcha’s health benefits?
Oh my gosh, what AREN’T they? Matcha is an antioxidant POWERHOUSE and is packed with EGCg.

  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories

  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally

  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body

  • Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins

  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration

  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium

  • Prevents disease

  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

  • Is good for your skin and anti aging

You can even apply it topically as a face mask - I have tried it and I love it! I find that drinking it has made my skin radiant.

How do you make your matcha latte?
I personally love a iced matcha latte, so I will tell you how I make that!

Step one. Measure a little less than 1 cup of room temperature water. If your water is chilled from being refrigerated you can warm it up on the stove, just make sure it does not get any hotter than room temp. Keep an eye on it - it should only take a minute or two if even that.

Step two. Pour the water into a bowl. You will be using this bowl to pour the matcha later, so make sure it’s a good pouring bowl.

Step three. Use your sifter to sift the matcha in to the water. This breaks the powder up even more, and aids in dissolving it in the water. If you skip this step, you may have clumpy matcha!

Step four. Use your whisk to mix the matcha. You can go round and round, sideways, whatever ever works for you - as long as the matcha dissolves nice and smoothly.

Step five. Fill your glass with ice and milk to approximately 3/4 full. You can experiment with your ice to milk ratio to taste, though I personally like to have quite a bit of ice. I use oatmilk, which I’ve found to be the best tasting base for my lattes.

Step six. Pour your mixed matcha over the milk and ice, grab your glass straw, mix it around and there you have it! The most delicious at home matcha latte. (DROOL)

MATCHA LATTE FAQ

What is your favorite Matcha? // What Matcha do you use? 
My favorite matcha is my at home matcha made Matcha Konomi. My favorite matcha to go out for is Alfred's. To be honest - I don't know much about the actual quality of their matcha. At home I use Matcha Konomi. It's high grade, bright green, from Japan, radiation free (yes this is something to watch out for when shopping for matcha.)

Where did you get your glass straws and why do you like them?
I got them on Amazon and I linked them for you: here. I like them because it feels like I'm drinking my matcha latte's out of a cool clean crisp ice-cube. They are eco friendly and are easy to clean - unlike the silicone straws. They also don't get soggy like paper straws, or stab me in the mouth like stainless steel straws.

Where did you get your strainer and whisk from?
Amazon! See here: Strainer // Whisk Both of these are must have items for making Matcha lattes. Also, find a bowl that has a rounded bottom for the whisking process.

What milk do you use?
I use Oatly. I love Oatmilk and currently they are my favorite brand (Alfred's uses them too). I've been asked if the oatmilk at wholefoods is as good as Oatly, and in my opinion, it is NOT the same! Go for Oatly. Note: They go out of stock quickly, so if you see it in stock, grab a few. They will not expire quickly if left un-opened. Once it’s opened you’ll want to consume it in about two weeks.

What sweetener do you use?
I don't use a sweetener! I love the pure authentic taste of Matcha! I do however drink it with a chocolate croissant. I find that having a little sweet treat with it enhances the drinking experience!

MATCHA LATTE TIPS

  • Use a little less than 1 cup of room temperature water to dissolve the matcha.

  • Do not mix the matcha in hot water, doing so will ruin the tea.

  • Store your matcha in the fridge after opening. Green teas are damaged by heat, humidity, light, air and smells from other substances. Be especially careful with the storing of Matcha since it loses its colour quickly when exposed to those things. Once the can or bag is opened, it should be consumed within a relatively short period.

  • After scooping your matcha, immediately close it and put it in the fridge before doing anything else.

  • Do NOT use a damp spoon, make sure it is completely dry.

 
Beulah Ekkelenkamp