Clearspring Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder 40g
Matcha is finely ground green tea leaf powder and is the most prized amongst Japanese teas. It has been drunk as part of the tea ceremony for 900 years as well as by Buddhist monks during long days of meditation. Cultivated under the diligent management of Clearspring's tea master Juro Okuda.
How to make a cup of Matcha tea:
Traditionally Matcha is drunk whisked in hot water as a smooth green tea. Take ¼ teaspoon (1g) of Matcha powder and add hot water from a kettle which has not quite boiled to maximise the health benefits. Thoroughly whisk using a traditional wooden whisk or a hand held electric milk frother to avoid lumps of powder in the bottom of your cup.
Traditional Tea Ceremony:
The traditional Japanese tea ceremony dates back 900 years to feudal times. It can take up to 3 hours and is steeped in history, is full of theatre and is incredibly calming. If you would like to make Matcha emulating the essence and spirit of the traditional tea ceremony you can do so in less than 3 minutes but you will need a bowl, a bamboo tea scoop and a bamboo matcha whisk.
1. Preheat the bowl thoroughly with hot water, then empty it and dry carefully with a cloth. Use the bamboo tea scoop to measure 1½ heaped scoops of Matcha powder and place them in the bowl.
2. Pour approximately 50-60ml of hot water into the bowl. Make sure the temperature of the water is approximately 70-80°C, not boiling.
3. Take the bamboo whisk in one hand and hold the rim of the Matcha bowl with the other. Whisk the Matcha briskly in a ‘W’ motion using your wrist (not your arm).
When a thick froth with many tiny bubbles has developed on the surface, slowly lift the bamboo whisk from the centre of the bowl.
4. Add more water according to your taste and savour the deliciously smooth flavour of Matcha
Mix & Matcha: (Serving suggestions)
As well as being delicious and good for you, it is also very versatile. Matcha powder can be added to almost anything!
Vanilla Matcha Latte:
Mix 1g of Matcha powder with a little bit of cold water in a cup then add to hot organic vanilla soya milk while whisking thoroughly. Alternatively use organic vanilla rice or almond milk.
One of the most popular ways of preparing matcha is as an iced smoothie. Just combine the following ingredients in a blender and enjoy:
> 200ml of organic soya / rice or almond milk
> 1 tbs. of Clearspring malt syrup
> 1 tsp. of Clearspring Matcha powder
> 1 banana (can substitute with other fresh or frozen fruit)
> Ice cubes
Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder (100%)