How to Make a Super Cup of Matcha Green Tea
A Key difference between regular green tea and the Matcha variety is how it is traditionally prepared. The Matcha process is actually much simpler.
Regular tea is made from soaked leaves, while Matcha is made from ground, whole leaves. It is usually prepared the traditional Japanese way. The tea is measured with a bamboo spoon, called a shashaku, into a heated tea bowl, known as a chawan.
Hot water (about 70C and 150F) is then added to the bowl. The tea is whisked with a special bamboo whisk, called a chasen, until it becomes smooth with froth on top.”
There are several consistencies, depending on how you like it I have tried all 3, they are all good, as follows:
- Standard matcha tea is a mix of 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder with 2 ounces of hot (not boiling) water.
- Usucha, which is a thin mixture, is simply less, or one-half teaspoon with 3 to 4 ounces of hot water.
- Koicha is a thicker drink that is sometimes used for Japanese tea ceremonies. It’s made with 2 teaspoons of Matcha in about 1 ounce of hot water.
You do not need the little bamboo whisk to mix a good cup. A small conventional whisk works. Just stir it briskly until a foam appears on top, it is ready to enjoy.
A cup of Matcha Green Tea using 1/2 teaspoon of powder contains around 35 milligrams of caffeine, which is slightly more than is found in a cup of regular green tea.
While green tea also contains high amounts of antioxidants, Matcha has even more. In fact, it contains as many antioxidants as you might find in 15X the amount of pomegranates or blueberries.
Studies indicate that 1 cup of Matcha may provide the antioxidant equivalent of 3 cups of regular green tea and as much as 137X more antioxidants than low-grade green tea.
Matcha Green Tea contains protein and is an excellent source of Vitamins C and A, fiber and iron. Studies show it has the ability to fight bacteria, viruses and fungi, such as staph infections, hepatitis B and Candida albicans.
While studies on Matcha Green Tea are still fewer than those for many other foods, interest is expanding and so are the studies on its health benefits. Animal studies, for instance, suggest it may decrease the risks of both kidney and liver damage, and also reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels.
Matcha Green Tea also contains high amounts of catechins, such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which in extensive studies has been found to fight inflammation, help retain the integrity of your arteries and repair cells.
One of the qualities of tea, especially green tea, is its ability to soothe, calm and relax while at the same time increase alertness.
The slow photosynthesis process produces high amounts of L-theanine, the amino acid that gives Matcha Green Tea its matchless flavor and increases alpha waves in our brain. There are also indications that it can influence diabetes.
Organic Facts reported: “Matcha tea may prove valuable for maintaining healthy metabolism in diabetic individuals. Antioxidant-rich matcha tea aids in reducing the levels of triglycerides … and hepatic glucose content in the diabetic individuals.
An investigative research conducted on diabetic subjects administered with Matcha Green Tea has shown that it exerts inhibitory action against the renal and hepatic damage by restraining the accumulation of advanced glycation end products in the kidneys.”
This provision may not only help your brain fight stress signals, but also alters the caffeic effects of the tea while you are drinking it. Compared to coffee, Matcha Green Tea drinkers have reported a slight “buzz” that lasts longer than what they receive from coffee, which sometimes even causes drowsiness after drinking it.
L-theanine is also purported to step up the “feel good” chemicals in your brain, leaving behind better memory, improved mood and higher concentration capabilities.
According to 1 study: “Tea also contains a unique amino acid, L-theanine that may modulate aspects of brain function in humans.
Evidence from human electroencephalograph studies show that it has a direct effect on the brain … L-theanine significantly increases activity in the alpha frequency band which indicates that it relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness …
This data indicate that L-theanine, at realistic dietary levels, has a significant effect on the general state of mental alertness or arousal. Furthermore, alpha activity is known to play an important role in critical aspects of attention.”
Besides drinking Matcha Green Tea as a hot beverage in a cup, you can sprinkle the powder in other foods, like smoothies or kefir, to get the same benefits and flavor.
You can also make a latte using Matcha Green Tea powder mixed with hot water, a teaspoon of powdered stevia and coconut milk. For a refreshing cold drink, just add ice and maybe a few sprigs of Mint.
Like so many foods grown in today’s soil, some of the ground green tea is grown on may be contaminated with pesticides, fungicides, fluoride and heavy metals.
Matcha Green Tea can be purchased at most health food stores or groceries, make sure buy brain, vitamins, coffeethe Organic variety. While it may be more expensive, it is always well worth it to get the highest quality.
I get mine from Javista Organic Coffee on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Have a Macha Latte!