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Traditional Matcha tea preparation – tips for the perfect cup of green tea

Matcha tea! We hear and read about it more and more recently. And for good reason too! Matcha is a Japanese finely ground green tea with a centuries-old history and complex tradition. It is obtained from the leaves of the evergreen Camellia Sinensis. Literally translated, mat-cha simply means “ground tea”. It used to be considered extremely healthy and healing, today science confirms it. In addition to its useful properties, Matcha tea is also very fragrant and delicious. In fact, the way you prepare the tea determines its taste. Amazing isn’t it? If you want to learn more about traditional Matcha tea preparation, then just read on.

Matcha tea comes from China and was known as early as the 7th century

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The incredible tea wasn’t actually brought to Japan until the end of the 12th century

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Traditional Matcha tea preparation that we practice today was developed by the Japanese

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Matcha tea is many times healthier than ordinary green tea

Green tea and matcha both come from the same tea plant – Camellia Sinensis. In addition, the two drinks have little to do with each other. They taste and smell differently and also have different effects on the body. Why is that?

This is because the plants are shaded for about a month before the matcha harvest. In this way, large amounts of chlorophyll and nutrients that are useful for the human body accumulate in the leaves. Only then are they picked and ground into a fine green powder that smells intensely of freshly mown grass. This fragrance actually has a name and is known as Oika.

The most expensive and high quality Matcha is always picked and ground by hand

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Then when we ingest the whole leaves in powder form, we get the full amount of nutrients they contain. With regular dry green tea, we only get around 20% of these beneficial elements. The effects are felt almost immediately. Matcha tea ensures that you feel refreshed and full of energy throughout the day. It helps to strengthen the immune system, reduce body fat, lower cholesterol and normalize blood pressure.

Matcha is 137 times stronger and healthier than normally brewed green tea

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Matcha contains the amino acid L-theanine, which calms the mind and relaxes the body without causing drowsiness

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Traditional Matcha tea preparation with step by step instructions

Matcha tea preparation is not as easy as that of ordinary tea. It requires a lot of practice of technique and also very specific tools. The idea behind it is that the traditional Matcha tea preparation is a kind of meditation. There are also two very different methods of making Matcha – thin (Usucha) and thick (Koicha).

Usucha and Koicha side by side

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Usucha is an everyday drink that you can enjoy at any time of the day. It’s also the easiest to do. Koicha is usually reserved for special occasions and ceremonies as the taste is much more intense. To prepare Usucha Matcha, you will need the following tools and ingredients.

  • High quality Japanese matcha
  • Handmade bamboo whisk called Chasen
  • A matcha bowl called a chawan
  • Bamboo spoon called chashaku
  • Fine tea strainer
  • Kettle with thermometer

You can find the tools you need either online or in your nearest Japan shop

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instructions

First, warm up your chawan and soften the tips of the chasen. To do this, pour hot water halfway through the bowl and gently stir with the broom. Then pour out the water and dry the chawan with a clean cloth.

Put one or two spoons of matcha through the sieve with the chashaku, depending on how strong you want your matcha. Pour about three tablespoons of water into the bowl and slowly move the broom in a semicircle until all the lumps are gone. Add more water to the bowl – between 50 and 150 ml. The water temperature should always be around 70-80 degrees. If too hot, the matcha tastes bitter. If the matcha is too cold, it will be harder to whisk.

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Now comes the hard part. To mix the Matcha properly, make 10 to 15 seconds quick W-shaped movements with the Chasen. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the broom as this can break the tips. Your Matcha tea should finally take on an intense green color and have a nice foam on the surface. Of course, there shouldn’t be any lumps.

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Enjoy your finished Matcha straight out of the bowl, pour it into a warm tea cup or add it to another drink such as a latte or smoothie. With high-quality matcha, no sugar, honey or milk should have to be added. It should be delicious and full of umami.

Umami is the name of the fifth taste and literally means “delicious”

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A Chashaku spoonful of Matcha contains around 70 mg of caffeine – so adjust the strength to suit your taste

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What do Madonna, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears and many others have in common? Besides being famous, of course. They all regularly enjoy homemade Matcha tea – in their green smoothies, in the form of Matcha Latte or in the traditional way. Enhance your own quality of life by adding the amazing Matcha to your daily menu. Practice traditional Matcha tea preparation daily and enjoy the health benefits of this type of tea.

Studies show that regular matcha drinkers have 35-40% higher metabolic rates

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Higher quality matcha (here 1) has a bluish-green hue – pay attention to this when buying

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No green smoothie is complete without some matcha

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Matcha Latte is the latest healthy trend

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