Matcha green tea powder is a specific variety of green tea leaves that is ground into a fine powder. When brewed the matcha green tea powder is mixed into the hot water to create the tea. Since you’re actually consuming the full leaf you’re gaining a much higher concentration of antioxidants and other components that provide the health benefits of green tea.
Matcha Green Tea Powder Uses
Matcha green tea powder is used to brew green tea but its also used to flavor and color foods like green tea ice cream and soba noodles. It’s also commonly used in a green tea latte — either iced or hot.
Matcha green tea powder can be used in a wide variety of recipes. In fact you can even find recipe books that specialize in green tea recipes. Or you can just try experimenting on your own.
Matcha Tea History
Although powdered tea was invented in China, during the Song Dynasty, it remains most popular in Japan. In fact matcha tea is considered a Japanese green tea, and matcha green tea powder is used for the tea in the Japanese tea ceremony. This ceremony is centered around the preparation, serving and drinking of matcha tea.
Matcha green tea comes from gyokuro leaves that have been steamed and dried with the veins and stems removed. These leaves are then stone ground into a very fine powder almost like talc. The higher quality grades of matcha green tea powder will be sweeter and have a deeper flavor than the standard or course grades that are harvested later in the year.
Brewing Matcha Green Tea
To brew a traditional matcha tea you’ll want to use a matcha tea bowl and a matcha whisk, which is made out of bamboo. Warm the bowl by pouring boiling water in it and prepare the matcha whisk by soaking the tip in this water for 10 seconds. Pour the water out and dry the bowl, then add the desired amount of matcha green tea powder, fill the bowl with hot water and whisk until the surface becomes frothy.
While taking mega green tea pills may be a good way to get some of the health benefits of green tea it’s just not the same as enjoying a good cup of green tea. So at least occasionally take the time to break out the matcha green tea powder and whip up a frothy cup of matcha tea to enjoy on a quiet afternoon by yourself or with a friend._____________________________________