From milk teas to chicken recipes, Japanese Matcha has made its way into our everyday lives, becoming a household name. Matcha is as much of a celebrity as Kim Kardashian! There is more to matcha than its beautiful green color and being added to our favorite drinks. Matcha has a culture, a purpose, and a process; it’s a very special type of tea that might be being taken for granted without even knowing and appreciating its beautiful and unique background.
In the Japanese culture, matcha isn’t just a drink. Referred to as the matcha tea ceremony, matcha green tea is an essential part of Japanese culture and has been for centuries. The unique and spiritual ceremonial process in preparing and drinking matcha is less about the consumption of the tea, but focused on preparing a bowl from one’s heart; representing the harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility one must incorporate for their bowl of matcha. A Japanese Tea Ceremony is truly a beautiful experience to participate in, and to watch; each action as careful and as remarkable as the last.
Let’s cut to the chase, matcha is jam-packed with benefits! The powder is pulverized green tea leaves, from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Because you are consuming the leaf itself, matcha contains more antioxidants and nutrients than 10 cups of steeps green tea! Matcha not only helps fight free radicals but its an energy booster, calorie burner, and the perfect detox aide. With all of these amazing benefits, who wouldn’t want to incorporate this special tea into their diet!
While in Japanese culture, there is a longer and more intricate process to preparing matcha, there is a quicker and more casual approach to getting a good hot bowl of this amazing tea. There are a few items you’ll need to properly prepare a good bowl of matcha. Keep in mind that to get a good bowl, you’ll want to use traditional matcha tools rather than Western tools.
A Bamboo Scoop
A Bamboo Whisk
Sift 2-3 scoops matcha into bowl using a small sifter; Add 2oz hot water, for best results use water just under a boil. Whisk vigorously in a zigzag motion until the tea is frothy. Enjoy!
As mentioned in the beginning of this article, matcha has made its way into milk tea recipes, lattes, and even into our home cooking and baking recipes! There are an infinite amount of amazing drinks, dishes and treats that can be made from this unique form of tea! One of our favorites at Basanti is the Tiger Match; a milk tea with matcha powder, coconut, and milk we love to add boba for even more (and chewier) fun!
In today’s contemporary culture, we’ve found ways to get our matcha fix, without going to the extent of performing an entire ceremony. However, it is very important to remember the spirituality within the ceremony; the concept that each experience is special and can’t ever be duplicated, therefore it must be greatly valued and cherished.
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