Brewing The Perfect Cup of Organic Matcha Green Tea

Matcha Green Tea is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. and Canada. It’s now commonly found both in cafes and grocery stores alike.

You can even find this popular tea in your local Starbucks these days. The best cup of matcha, though, is waiting in your own kitchen.  Let’s talk about brewing the perfect cup of matcha green tea.

Let’s look at how to brew the perfect cup of matcha green tea. Unlike other green teas, matcha is brewed in powder form. It should be drunk quickly after brewing to prevent the powder from settling at the bottom. This is part of why it’s ideal to drink matcha in the comfort of your own home, after brewing it yourself.

Matcha is not only delicious; it’s also rejuvenating to drink. It wakes up your mind, calms your soul, and protects your body. Try these steps to brew the perfect cup of matcha at home.

Use Authentic, Organic Matcha Green Tea

To make the perfect cup of matcha, you’ll need the right ingredients and supplies. Firstly, you want to make sure you have a delicious and authentic brand of green tea.

Many cups of this traditional tea sold at cafes are brewed with lots of milk and sugar, masking the taste. You may prefer the sweetened version — it is delicious, after all! But you should try plain matcha at least once. If you buy a high-quality matcha brand, you’ll find that the flavor on its own is intriguing and delightful. For a high-quality matcha, try organic matcha tea — it’s grown without harmful pesticides or fertilizers, so it’s healthier for the body.

Gather Your Supplies

Matcha tea has been consumed in Japan for a very long time, so it’s not surprising that it has its very own ritualistic style of preparation. To make the ideal cup, try preparing it the way it’s traditionally done.

Matcha green tea in American cafes is often served in a regular to-go cup or mug, but in Japan matcha is sipped out of a bowl. This allows you to get the full sensory experience of drinking this tea, including the hot steam and rich smell. In addition to a tea bowl, you’ll need a bamboo whisk and a tea strainer.

If you don’t have a tea bowl, you can use any bowl that can withstand hot contents, is wide enough to whisk the powder in, and is pleasing to hold. You can also replace the bamboo whisk with a metal whisk.

    Strain your Tea

    You’ll need about 1.5 teaspoons of your matcha powder for one bowl of matcha tea. Ladle it into your strainer, and then stir it into the tea bowl through the strainer. This step is important for sifting the clumps out of the tea, making for a more even brew and a smooth drinking experience.

    You’ll notice that the bright green tea looks a lot finer and brighter after it’s strained. Already this tea ritual is a very aesthetically pleasing experience!

     

    Heat Your Water

    For matcha green tea, you want your water to be just below boiling. This can be achieved by pouring boiling hot water into a separate tea cup, then letting it sit and cool for about a minute before transferring it to your tea bowl.  Or by using a high end kettle that can let you set the correct temperature.

       

      Whisk your matcha 

      Now here’s where your bamboo (or regular) whisk comes into play. After you pour your water into the bowl, it’s time to whisk the tea into the water. For a smooth tea, whisk in a calm circular motion. For a frothy tea, whisk vigorously in a zig-zag motion. Do this for about 10-15 seconds, or until the tea itself turns bright green like the matcha powder.

      Don’t linger

      <p “>Making tea should be a calming experience, but you don’t want to let your matcha sit for too long. Drinking it right away ensures the best flavor without clumping or settling.

      Try your own way

      There are many slight variations on this matcha-brewing method. Some make a thicker tea, some make sweeter tea, and so on. Whether you use organic matcha tea or a different variety, this delicious tea will become a soothing part of your morning routine before you know it. Experiment with what you like best and make the matcha green tea of your dreams.