Matcha is a type of green tea that has been used in Japan for centuries. It’s rich flavor and deep color set it apart from other types of green tea. It’s known for its many nutritional and remedial benefits. In this article, I list 9 ways to ‘drink’ your Matcha. I’ll also briefly go over the different forms of matcha tea, so you can choose one that best suits you.
What is matcha tea?
Matcha is powdered green tea that’s not grown and harvested the same way as other green teas. For matcha, the tea plants grow in the shade for their final few months before harvesting. This boosts the chlorophyll content giving matcha an almost electric-green color. It has four grades of quality that vary in color, nutrition, and price.
The best quality is made from the young tips of the fast growing tea plant (Camillia sinensis), since these have higher amounts of nutrients than the older leaves.
The two different forms of matcha tea available to buy online or from the store, and which I will cover here, are the matcha powder and the matcha green teabag. Teabags are convenient and easy to take with you when you’re on the go – though they do expire as I cover in how best to keep teabags, but not unlike the powdered form.
In the powdered form, I recommend organic for the most nutritional benefits. The one I prefer is unsweetened, but you can also buy sweetened matcha green powder. For me, the sweetened form is too sweet for my palate.
I’ve tried both the organic unsweetened powder and the teabag form. The teabag version is milder, mellow like, while the powdered form is vibrant green with a richer flavor. Both make healthy beverages, but the powdered form can also be used in baking as a natural food colorant.
You might not know that there are actually many ways to prepare teas like Matcha; so if you want to experiment more with different ways try some of these.
Matcha Tea Ceremony
This is a traditional way of drinking Matcha tea: served hot from a decorative tea set with Japanese-style teapot and tea bowls. Or at least a nice ceramic pot, like the Xtrema kettles I spotlighted.
This ceremony is not just about tea drinking but also about each person partaking in the tea drinking sharing the things they are thankful for.
Lipton.com suggests to simplify this normally complex setup, simply arrange a stylish table with flowers and sweets and add some mini napkins. But make sure to use a high quality grade matcha.
Add boiling water to a pot containing about a teaspoonful of matcha powder per cup/mug, stir briefly until dissolved and enjoy hot. To get an even richer flavor, you can add extra green tea powder. Sweeten and add milk or milk alternatives as desired.
Napkins are used to wipe the side of the cup before drinking the tea – as a part of this tradition.
Matcha teabag hot beverage
One of the most popular ways to drink tea is using a tea bag. Add hot water (176ºF, 80º C), not boiling, to one matcha teabag in your cup and leave it steep for 30 seconds, jiggling the teabag 3-4 time for the strength you desire, then discard the teabag.
Cold brewed iced tea
A delicious and refreshing way to drink Matcha – The easiest way of all is to just brew up some cold brewed iced tea (with desired amount of sweetener) and add to tall glasses with ice.
How to use teabag to make iced green tea: Place a matcha green teabag in a tumbler and pour cold water over it. Let it steak for 2-3 minutes. Discard the teabag and ice.
Using matcha powder: Matcha is usually brewed at a ratio of about one teaspoon powdered matcha to every cup water – add one teaspoon of the powder per cup/mug, fill with cold water, stir briefly until dissolved and enjoy chilled! The colder temperature slows down the natural oxidation process that takes place when it is brewed hot so this method has a much longer shelf life than other preparations. You can also use part or all milk as an alternative.
A latte is usually made with espresso, but this recipe replaces the espresso with a strong matcha tea powder and milk or soy milk for an extra flavorful drink that puts you in high spirits! Make sure to use less water than normal when preparing your steaming hot Matcha Tea Lattes so not to water down the matcha effect.
Ice cream cocktail
Mixing matcha into ice cream creates an incredibly creamy consistency while also adding a rich green color in a nutritious ice cream cocktail. Matcha ice cream is a Japanese dessert.
Simply add matcha tea powder to your favorite smoothie.
Ways to use matcha tea in food
Matcha makes for a healthy food coloring option.
Matcha latte cake
A cake recipe that uses matcha powder instead of just regular baking chocolate and combines with hot coffee – how divine! This is also very easy (and incredibly impressive) to make if you’re in need of an inexpensive birthday or shower cake that can feed up to sixteen people and costs only $12-$20 depending on what kind of pan size you use. If using a bundt pan, then it will cost under $12 and provide 15+ servings.
A cookie recipe that adds matcha powder to the ingredients for a smooth, subtle matcha flavored cookie that’s perfect with tea or coffee.
Matcha rice krispy treats
A recipe to make rice krispies (or any other cereal) into delicious and chewy treats – add some of your favorite toppings like chocolate chips or coconut flakes!
Times to drink matcha tea
A) Breakfast – One of the best times to drink matcha tea is in the morning before you start your day – its stimulant qualities will wake you up without making you feel jittery like coffee might do.
Matcha tea on an empty stomach can be quite energizing; especially when blended with milk or oat milk.
b) Sip it during the day – Matcha’s energy boosting qualities make it perfect for a midday pick-me-up! It also makes an excellent before or after workout drink.
Sustained energy release – One of the wonderful properties of matcha is that you can enjoy all its benefits without experiencing any caffeine crash later on in the day. It has moderate caffeine that it releases slowly to sustain the energy hit.
C) After dinner – Matcha tea has been shown to improve digestion so if you’re looking for something sweet with your dessert but don’t want to spoil your appetite then try drinking some matcha instead!
D) Dessert time – When combined with sweets such as cakes, cookies, puddings etc., Matcha adds a healthy alternative to flavour your dessert.
E) Afternoon tea time – Matcha is great for a pick-me-up at any time of the day but it’s also perfect if you’re looking for something refreshing and light in the afternoon.
F) Detoxing before bed – One awesome way to combat sleeplessness after a big meal (especially with chocolate involved!) is by drinking some matcha beforehand as it has a calming effect.
Summing how to prepare matcha tea
Matcha may be more expensive than other types of green tea, but the depth and complexity in its flavor is worth it. If you’ve been curious about this type of tea, I hope that by reading this article you have a better understanding on how to drink matcha for maximum benefits. For those who want to try out different flavors and see what works best with their palate or health goals, there are two forms of matcha available – powder form (matcha latte) or teabag form (iced green tea or Matcha Tea Ceremony). The choice is yours!