Megan, Me, and our Steep & Go’s
On my first attempt at Matcha I unfortunately failed to properly mix my cuppa and thought that Matcha just wasn’t my “thing”. But last weekend, I was chatting with my co-worker Megan at our Boulder Farmer’s Market booth about our favorite teas, and Megan was raving about Matcha to the point that I simply had to take notice.
Megan has Matcha almost daily and is such a huge fan, I decided it was time to give Matcha another shot. And I’m so very glad I did, now I crave this powerhouse green tea every day either traditionally prepared, cold brewed, or a personal favorite- a hot or cold latte.
What IS Matcha?
Matcha is a very finely powdered green tea. Ours hails from Shizuoka, Japan and is uniquely processed using the SHIMA process (Super Heating In Moisture Atmosphere) before it’s ground into a fine powder. This super heating method greatly increases our Matcha’s ability to maintain its fresh color, taste, aroma, and quality.
Matcha Health Benefits
Matcha boasts an impressive variety of health benefits. Because you are ingesting the entire tea leaf when you drink Matcha (as opposed to drinking the brew the leaves give off with essentially any other tea) you take in all of the teas health properties. I’ve seen it suggested that one serving of Matcha is the equivalent of anywhere from 6-10 cups of other green teas. So truly, you are getting a healthy bang for your buck in this super charged green tea! Other health benefits associated with Matcha include: anti-aging, great source of EGCG ploypheonls, uplifting, increasing metal focus, increasing endurance, increasing metabolism, reducing cholesterol, calorie-free, fat-free, and gluten-free. **These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Matcha Made Three Ways-
The Traditional Take- add 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder to 16 ounces of water at 175 degrees F. To get this water temperature, bring water to a boil and allow to cool for 3 minutes. Mix using a small whisk or (pictured below) a small mixer like the one I favor. Mix well until all lumps are dissolved and the tea is smooth. Enjoy!
A Modern Take on Matcha Making- Matcha tea, hot water, and a small mixer
Cold Brew- add 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder to your Steep & Go, which pairs perfectly with Dasani and Evion water bottles. I recommend having your bottle already chilled in the fridge since this makes for an exceptionally refreshing experience. Screw the Steep & Go into place, shake heartily, and enjoy! You can also use any other bottle you have from home, I like the Steep & Go for ease of use and the pop-top.
Steep & Go In Action!
Matcha Latte (either hot or cold)- add 1 teaspoon of Matcha to milk and mix well (again, I love to use my mini mixer). Add a touch of honey or agave if that’s your preference. Enjoy!
One of our lovely customers shared the strategy for making her version of an iced Matcha Latte as follows-
“I use a little more than 1/2 tsp. of your Matcha and add a little water from my instant hot water tap. I use a battery powered foamer to mix it well. I let it get to room temp or put it in the fridge for a few minutes. Add some ice cubes and fill the rest of the 12 oz tea glass with cold almond/coconut milk blend and stir.” Renee’s Iced Matcha Latte.
I hope you’re ready to dig into your Matcha stash now, or order some if you’ve yet to try it! Perhaps some Matcha ice cream is next on the agenda…