Are you a Matcha tea lover who wants to learn how to prepare Matcha tea at home? Or are you curious what the fuss surrounding this green beverage is all about?
Either way, you’ll want to continue reading. Find out exactly what Matcha tea is and learn how to make Matcha tea from the comfort of your own home so you can enjoy this delicious beverage at any time of day or night.
What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha, which literally means “powdered tea”, is a special form of green tea. Unlike traditional green tea, the preparation of Matcha involves covering tea plants with shade cloths before they’re harvested. This triggers the growth of higher-quality leaves that have better flavor and texture.
The leaves are then hand-selected and briefly steamed before being dried and aged in cold storage to deepen the flavor. Finally, the dried leaves are stone-ground into a fine powder.
With traditional green tea, components from the leaves get infused into the hot water, but the leaves are then discarded. Since Matcha tea contains the whole leaves (that have been made into a powdered form), it’s a more potent source of nutrients than steeped tea. It includes vitamins and minerals and is rich in antioxidants, which have been tied to many health benefits.
How to Make Matcha Tea
Making Matcha tea at home is a simple and enjoyable process. You just need a couple pieces of equipment, depending on the method you use to make it, and – of course – Matcha Tea.
Method 1: With a Tea Whisk/Frother and a Bowl
- Measure 1/3 cup of boiling water into a measuring cup if you prefer a thicker Matcha. For a thinner Matcha, only measure 1/2 cup of boiling water.
- Let cool for 2-3 minutes.
- Place 1/2 teaspoon of Matcha powder in a tea bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh, cool water to the Matcha in the bowl.
- Using a Matcha Tea Frother, whisk until smooth.
- Add the desired amount of hot water (based on if you want a thicker or thinner Matcha, as instructed in Step 1 above) from the measuring cup. Whisk mixture into a nice, creamy froth.
- Enjoy your Matcha tea right from the bowl!
Method 2: In a Cup
- Heat water (filtered is preferred).
- Add a few drops of hot water to Matcha powder and mix into a paste using a spoon.
- Add more hot water to the paste and stir. A good ratio to start with is 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder to 6 ounces of hot water. Adjust measurements according to your taste.
Other Matcha Recipes
In addition to making a healthy cup of tea, Matcha is also great to use in a variety of recipes for foods and beverages. So, in addition to enjoying a cup of Matcha tea, be sure to try out some of our Must-Try Matcha Recipes, including our Tropical Matcha Yogurt Breakfast Bowl, Iced Matcha Latte and Dark Chocolate Matcha Date Bars.