Matcha Tea – Introducing myself to matcha

Today I am writing a bout Matcha tea.  This is actually the first time that I have tried matcha tea.  This is also a tea that TeaBox doesn’t sell, so I had to hit up my good buddy Amazon for some after scouring the web for which matcha teas are the best.  So what is Matcha Tea?  I’m glad you asked, because I am about to lay it all out for you.

What is Matcha Tea?

Matcha is essentially a Japanese tea that is made from finely ground green tea powder.  As of recently, Matcha is rising in popularity due to its visual qualities, supposed health benefits, and flavors.  When you prepare the tea, you take the fine tea powder and whisk it with hot water to produce the tea.  Since grinding the tea down is more labor intensive to make, Matcha teas tend to be a bit more on the expensive side.

As mentioned, Matcha is purported to have multiple health benefits.  As with any tea, it is crammed full of antioxidants to help product your body.  It is reported to boost metabolism and help with weight loss.  The ground leaves are rich in fiber and nutrients.  And it is said to lower cholesterol and blood sugar.  As with any tea, it is a flavorful way to add a healthy liquid to your diet.

How do you prepare Matcha Tea?

Preparing the tea is actually pretty straight forward, and there are a few ways you can prepare the tea.  Today though, I am going to stick to the traditional Japanese method of using a whisk and a bowl.  You can find Matcha tea sets online, and I just happened to purchase this Matcha Bowl Set.  A typical set will consist of a tea bowl, a bamboo whisk, a whisk rest, a chasaku (a bamboo scoop), and perhaps a tea spoon.


 Scoop 1 – 2 tsp of Match into the cup

Matcha Tea - Sifting into a bowl

Note: Many prefer to scoop the Matcha powder into a small sifter, and then sifting the powder into the bowl.


 Add your hot water to the bowl

Matcha Tea - Adding hot water

Note: Most Matcha Teas are best served with water that is slightly cooler than boiling.


 Whisk your tea!

Matcha Tea - Whisking the tea

Note: When whisking, it’s advised to whisk in zig zag patterns.


 Drink your tea straight from the bowl!

Matcha Tea

 


 So how is it?

The Matcha tea that I tried was a premium Matcha Tea from Pure Matcha.  The first thing to note, is this is a tea that is on the expensive side.  This 30g container costed $21.99 at the time.  When trying the tea, it is very much a green tea.  The kind of purchased has a very leafy taste to it.  If you enjoy green teas, then you might try some matcha tea.  I personally prefer other types of tea than green teas.  However, you can’t really beat the preparation for it.  It’s simple, easy, and just something fun about it.  I rate this a 7/10.

With that being said,  do you have any suggestions for a tea that I try?  Have you tried any Matcha Teas before?  If so, what did you think?  I’d really like to hear from you, so sound off in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget our other articles on tea!

 

 

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