You know those delicious images of mugs full of green and foamy drink that have taken over Instagram? As a serious coffee addict I’m usually quite sceptical about other drinks but I felt so drawn to this beautiful green drink so I decided to give it a go and learn a bit more about it. Matcha latte love has begun.
What is matcha?
Matcha is a japanese tea sort which is grown and processed in special way. Matcha is grown partly in shade to make the tea plants produce more theanine and caffeine. The actual matcha powder made from those leaves varies from traditional tea as those shade-grown leaves are grounded in it in whole. It’s served suspended in liquid, typically water or milk.
In Japan, matcha is important part of traditional tea ceremonies and the whole process of making and serving it has lot of details and steps. From the tea ceremonies it has now found its way in everywhere else too and there has been a huge hype around it lately. It’s said to have a lot of health benefits from being rich of antioxidants to even boost your brain functions.
After researching about it I wanted to try and bought some Instant Matcha Latte powder. I wanted to take an easy start and try out this instant mix instead of the actual pure matcha powder first. I drink my coffee preferable with milk too so this seemed like a good start.
How to make a matcha latte?
Making a mug of matcha has several steps to take care of. You could use a way more time for it but I made it as easy as possible to be able to fuse it in my everyday routines more fluently. For me the important part is also to enjoy the process and pour not only the cup of matcha but do it with love. The steps go both with traditional pure matcha powder and with the instant latte mix one I talked about above.
- put a heaped table spoon of (instant) matcha (latte) powder into a large mug
- add some cold water and stir to make it paste
- warm the water but do not boil it, matcha is best when suspended in 85-90° water
- pour the hot water in the mug
- stir about half a minute with a bamboo matcha whisk (or something similar, I used normal small whisk) to make it foam
- add oat or soy milk if you want to (I whisk or shake it too to make it more foamy)
- enjoy your beautiful drink with no rush
How does matcha taste?
The taste of the matcha is hard to describe. It has very unique combination of flavours varying from earthly, green vibe to some sweetness and foody, almost umami taste. My instant powder contains also some coconut and vanilla to add some sweetness and milky touch in the final drink. I mix it up with a hint of oat milk to make it more latte-y.
After giving this some time, I have to say that matcha is more than I thought of. It includes caffeine, so it’s easy replacement to my afternoon coffee and the taste and the smell is really full, rich and delicious. I didn’t catch any massive impact in my brain functions but I felt really joyful and happy to make the cup or two without any hurry. I will definitely continue to this green path and I have already made my fianceé a matcha addict too!
Have you tried matcha already? What is your favourite way to enjoy it?