How to make matcha, and discover the simple, sensual pleasures provided by this unique green powder.
Whether you want to create your own ritual or follow the traditional Japanese preparation, enjoying matcha powder is a highly customizable experience that you can personalize to fit your tastes and needs. Learning how to make matcha is much easier that you would think and there are hundreds of ways to enjoy it. You can drink it in a cup or bowl, or toss a scoop in a green tea smoothie. Stir matcha powder into recipes to make green tea ice cream, macaroons or energy bars. Brew it like a tea and sip it straight with hot water, or mix it with almond milk and honey for a sweet afternoon treat. No matter how you like your matcha, it’s easy to add this nutritional powerhouse to your diet.
To learn How to make matcha in the traditional Japanese way, follow these simple steps:
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Epic Matcha Green Tea Powder (Ceremonial Grade)
- 1 cup hot water
- Your choice, natural sweetener
- First, you’ll need a bamboo whisk. You can buy one online, or at most kitchen and cooking stores. Prepare your whisk before you start by inverting its tines into a glass filled with warm water. This process will make your whisk as flexible as possible for making matcha.
- Next, measure out the amount of matcha tea powder that you will be using, about ½ teaspoon per serving of ceremonial grade matcha per serving. Sift it through a fine mesh strainer. Break up any tiny clumps so that you’ll have a smooth, creamy mixture when you are finished.
- Set fresh water on to boil. You’ll need about eight ounces (one cup) of water for every serving of matcha. While the water heats up, add your sifted matcha powder to your bowl or cup. After the water boils, let it cool to just below boiling, or around 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the water is just “off the boil,” pour it in to the bowl with the matcha powder.
- Now you’re ready to whisk. Vigorously stir the top of your bowl or cup of matcha with the bamboo whisk, moving it back and forth as fast as you can for about 40 seconds. The matcha should start to look like a frothy, foamy substance. Continue whisking, making sure that you don’t plunge the whisk into the bottom of the bowl – stay as close to the top as you can. Once you see a thick froth developing, the matcha is ready to drink!
Making matcha the traditional Japanese way is a simple process that many people truly enjoy. The tea ritual provides a quiet moment in your day, and an excellent opportunity to refocus your mind on the present by using all of your senses.
See the bright green color, feel the warm steam, listen to the sound of the whisk, smell the lush tea aroma, and taste the matcha tea – just as Buddhist monks have been doing for centuries.
You are all set, now you know how to make matcha green tea.