What is matcha?
Matcha in Japanese (抹茶) meaning ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. The tea leaf for Matcha is shade grown for about 3 to 4 weeks. After the harvest green tea leaf is milled using a stone mill or ball mill then it becomes MATCHA!
Matcha is deep in JAPANESE culture but green tea originates from China 2737BC. Chinese Emperor Shennong has accidentally drank boiled water that had a dead tea leaf in it.
Grades of Matcha
Most matcha comes from China and Japan usually Japanese matcha is the higher quality more expensive with Chinese being more affordable and not so high in quality compared to Japanese.
Ceremonial Grade – This is the highest quality and most expensive matcha, it has nice deep green colour.
Premium Grade– High-quality matcha with good taste, full of nutritious and best for everyday consumption.
Food Grade – Lower quality matcha best for cooking, adding to smoothies etc.
There is increasingly low-quality matcha offered online be aware for yellow colour matcha as this is below the food grade.
Matcha has many health benefits
- Full of Antioxidants
- Increase energy due to caffeine
- Lower cholesterol
- Boost metabolis
How to prepare matcha?
1 Boil water
2 let the boiled water cool down to 80c for about 5minutes
3 pure the water into the bowl
4 add some matcha (1g)
5 whisk until forth appear and matcha dissolves in the water
6 you can add some honey or other flavourings of your choice