Matcha refers to specially prepared green tea leaves that have been finely ground, with its name literally translating to ‰ÛÏpowdered tea‰. The preparation and consumption of this tea dates back to the Song Dynasty (1100 AD) where methods of grinding and whisking first became a popular way to prepare preserved tea leaves. This method was soon incorporated into the meditative rituals of the area‰۪s Zen Monks, who then carried these practices to Japan where it took hold in the Buddhist monasteries -quickly becoming the central focus of the culturally rich Japanese tea ceremonies.
While this drink still holds its place in traditional ceremonies, it has become increasingly popular amongst the mainstream due to its rich taste and health promoting properties ‰ÛÒresulting from it‰۪s unique cultivation and processing. A big part of this is due to ‰ÛÏshade-growing‰ the plants for the final weeks before harvest -triggering the development of robust flavors in the leaves. The removal of stems and veins, adds another desirable quality to the end product, ensuring that the powders capable of being whisked to silky smooth perfection. This also allows the entire leaves to be consumed, increasing the amount of nutrients absorbed ‰ÛÒsuch as its potent load of antioxidants in the form of polyphenols -which have been linked to anti-aging, cancer prevention, and protection against heart disease.
Using at Home
This Organic Green Matcha TeaåÊis a ceremonial grade matcha that we suggest be prepared using the traditional Japanese tea ceremony methods*. This entails adding an amount of powder to a bowl, pouring in just below boiling water, and mixing with a bamboo whisk until the powder is dissolved and the liquid is frothy. The specific tea to water ratio depends on the type of drink you desire ‰ÛÒeither ‰ÛÏkoicha‰ (thick tea) 1 tsp. per oz. water, or ‰ÛÏusucha‰ (thin tea) 1 tsp. per 3 oz. water. This finely powdered greed tea is a bit delicate, so be sure to not use water that exceeds 175 degrees ‰ÛÒor you may get a slightly bitter taste. Once the water and tea have been added, use a bamboo whisk to emulsify the mixture. This whisking should be done in a back and forth zigzag pattern, using quick wrist movements. Once the liquid is frothy you are ready to indulge in your green tea matcha!
*If your looking for a quicker caffeine boost without so much Zen, you can make things a lot more casual by simply adding the tea to a bottle of hot water and shaking it.
Ingredients: organic grade A matcha
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