While yes, Matcha is technically a Green Tea, we felt it deserved a page all of its own. What is Matcha? It is traditional Japanese ceremony tea. The leaves are shade-grown for two weeks prior to harvesting. This method helps to concentrate the amount of amino acids and chlorophyll in the leaves. Once plucked, the leaves are steamed and baked slowly (Tencha). And then the leaves (minus the stems and veins) are ground into a fine powder. The whole leaf is then consumed rather than being steeped and then discarded.
Matcha has a very distinct grassy flavor that some would consider being an acquired taste. It can be taken with or without milk (milk of choice…cow, almond, coconut, soy, etc).
One of our favorite ways to enjoy Matcha is as a Latte with steamed Almond Milk and a little Lavender and Vanilla flavor syrup.
To prepare Matcha:
.5-1 tsp ~ 8 oz water ~ 165 F
Whisk the Matcha powder into the hot water to create a frothy beverage.
Pictured above left to right: Chinese Matcha, Japanese Matcha, Matcha Protein Shake (made with added protein powder), and Matcha Latte.
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