Matcha, matcha, matcha, I consume it every day with coconut or oat milk and I got to admit that I’m totally addicted to this wonderful green powder! Its bitterness is invigorating for some, off-putting for others, but it’s that intensity that makes all its flavour! It’s your turn to make your own matcha latte, try it, taste it and tell me about it!
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a powdered green tea containing 137 times more antioxidants than brewed green tea! Both come from the tea plant (camellia sinensis), but with matcha, the entire leaf is consumed.
It has traditionally been consumed as part of Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, but has become immensely popular in the last few years and is now enjoyed around the world in tea lattes, smoothies, desserts, snacks, and more! Get familiar with the fascinating history of matcha here.
Matcha comes from the same plant as green tea, but since it’s made from the entire leaf, it packs in a more concentrated amount of antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds.
Studies have revealed a variety of health benefits associated with matcha and its components, ranging from enhancing weight loss to decreasing the risk of heart disease (discover more about the benefits of Matcha in my article).
Best of all, the tea is simple to prepare, so you can incorporate it effortlessly into your diet and give your day a burst of extra flavour. Taking advantage of the many health benefits of matcha is simple — and the tea tastes delicious. You can make traditional matcha tea by sifting 1–2 teaspoons (2–4 grams) of matcha powder into your cup, adding 2 ounces (59 ml) of hot water, and mixing it together with a bamboo whisk.
If you’re feeling creative – it’s what I want to suggest – you can even try whipping up matcha lattes, desserts, or protein smoothies to boost the nutrient content of your favourite recipes. Let’s try it matcha latte!
Make your own Matcha latte!
To get the best advice on how to prepare matcha latte, I asked one of the best coffee/vegan shop in Melbourne to explain to me the proper way to make it! Thanks to Vincent’s Marketplace’s team in Fitzroy!
Here are the instructions:
Instructions for one person:
- Weigh 3 grams of your favourite Matcha powder. If you don’t have a scale, you can use a teaspoon (two scoops will be enough).
- Put the powder into a glass. Cover the matcha powder with the same amount of hot water (just enough to cover the powder) to make sure it will dissolve properly without creating any clumps.
- With a Matcha Bamboo stick (you can find those easily online), stir vigorously until mixing evenly.
- Fill up a jug of your favourite milk, high quality oat milk gives a creamy and smooth texture if you want to use plant-based options. Definitely recommended 😉
- Steam the milk until reaching 60ºC. This step is essential as overheated milk will not only make the milk taste bad but will lose Matcha’s properties.
- Pour the milk into your Matcha base making sure you mix both well, achieving a silky texture in your drink.
And that’s the end of this Special Matcha week! Hope you have learnt plenty of things about matcha tea. If you missed it, discover why is Matcha good for your health, my recipe of Matcha mascarpone pot and the vegan matcha dumplings recipe. Find also more savoury and sweet recipes on my blog and feel free to follow me on my Instagram @alacartedele where I share lots of content too through my stories and feed. Always available if you have any questions 😉 and don’t hesitate to share with me your recipes too, cooking is always a matter of sharing.
Thanks again Vincent’s Marketplace for their advice!
Have a great day!