Friday, January 15, 2016

What is Matcha?

Each month this year I'll be looking into different aspects of coffee and tea. This month is matcha.
What is matcha and why are so many people drinking it every day, let's find out...
What is Matcha? - Matcha is green tea leaves ground into powder. Because matcha is the actual leaves its benefits compared to green tea is more condensed.
What are the benefits of Matcha? - Full of antioxidants mainly catechins which are thought to reduce the risk of stomach cancer. Everything in its correct consumption level of course, but why not add something simple to your tea that can help you in the long run. Catechins are also in green tea however one cup of matcha is equal to 10 cups of green tea. With green tea you lose some of the minerals in the leaves themselves, whereas matcha is the actual leaves ground up. 
How do you prepare Matcha? - I personally don't love the taste of matcha by itself. I know it's healthy for me to add to my diet, but I would rather have matcha be an ingredient in my smoothies or add it to my tea rather than drinking it straight. To make your matcha take your dry powder and add it to a bowl of warm to hot water. On Eater it says to use 3 ounces of water that is at 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a whisk, preferably a matcha bamboo whisk and whisk until your bowl has froth on the top. 
Sources: MatchasourceEater

How do you use matcha in your kitchen?

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