In the past few years we have witnessed the introduction of many superfood trends such as chia, kale, goji berry, quinoa. The Matcha, distinguished by its bright green colour, doesn’t fall behind. The Matcha frenzy has gained a lot of popularity among wellness gurus in recent years.
Do you want to make your morning more colourful and vibrant? Add a morning Matcha Latte addition. If you would like to try Matcha latte at home, it is very easy to make and you need only two ingredients to achieve this delicious cup of green latte.
What is Matcha
Matcha is a variety of green tea that originally comes from the traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. In Japanese rituals tea drinking is a slow process where people enjoy the drink slowly and mindfully, which is why Matcha is usually associated with Zen and meditation. Inspired by Japanese traditions, Matcha latte is a perfect combination of powdered tea and milk. Matcha contains l-theanine, known as having a calming effect but at the same time keeping you alert.
1 ½ tablespoon Matcha tea powder
1 tablespoon hot water
240 ml milk of your choice
1 tsp honey/maple syrup/stevia
Step 1: Mix the Matcha powder with a sweetener of your choice. Add 1 tablespoon of hot water and stir until you reach a thick paste consistency.
Step 2: Froth the milk.
Step 3: Pour the milk into the Matcha mixture.
Step 4: Enjoy your bright green tasty Matcha!
You can prepare matcha in several ways according to your preferences.
- Standard concientcy - 1 teaspoon matcha mixed with 60 ml or 2 ounces of hot water
- Thin consistency or Usucha in Japanese - half teaspoon matcha mixed with 90-118 ml or 3-4 ounces of hot water
- Thick consistency or Koicha in Japanese - 2 teaspoons of match mixed with 30 ml or 1 ounce of water
Traditional Green Tea Vs Matcha
While regular green tea is left in hot water to infuse its properties, with Matcha you drink the actual leaves, powdered. Matcha tea also has different production process - the Matcha leaves are shielded from the sun for 20-30 days before being harvested, which gives the tea a deeper taste. Matcha also has a higher amount of caffeine compared to regular tea.
- Matcha has a large amount of nutrients and is rich in antioxidants.
- Regulates blood sugar.
- Helps boost the metabolism.
- Considered to regulate blood pressure.