Matcha tea hails from the finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. The green tea plants for matcha tea is produced in the shade for three to four weeks prior to harvest. And during processing, its stem and veins are removed. Growing the plant in the shadow produces more theanine and caffeine. The ground tea is then packed into bags or used as loose tea leaves.
Furthermore, matcha tea forms an integral part of Japanese culture and is the main beverage in most Japanese ceremonies.
How to make matcha tea
When it comes around to how to prepare matcha tea, follow the instructions below, and you will make yourself one of the best matcha tea ever.
Matcha tea can be made either in a traditional Japanese fashion or like a regular cup of tea at home.
Ceremonial Grade Matcha
- Use a bamboo tea scoop to measure half a teaspoon of matcha
- Add the matcha to the tea bowl or pot
- Then add a quarter cup of water
- Use a bamboo whisk to whisk matcha and hot water
- At the start, hold the whisk vertically and start slow
- Gradually bring the pace up and whisk briskly until a foam develops
- Take the whisk out and
- Enjoy your matcha tea
Regular Matcha Tea
- Heat water in a pot
- Put in a few drops of hot water to the matcha powder
- Use a spoon and mix into a paste
- Add more hot water to the paste
- Stir and adjust the mix to suit the taste
- Take the spoon out
- Your matcha is ready
Now you know how to prepare matcha tea and make yourself one of the best matcha tea ever. Next, let’s take a look at the matcha tea side effects.
Matcha Tea Side Effects
It is not a doubt that matcha tea is a healthy beverage that’s packed with antioxidants. Consumption of matcha tea is known to increase energy levels and enhance focus. It also lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, all the while causing an increased metabolism and fat burning, which helps lose weight.
But event the best matcha tea comes with some undesirable side effects. These effects are dependent on the amount of matcha tea consumed, age, and state of the drinker and any other health risks a person might possess.
Some of the most common matcha tea side effects include:
- Upset stomach
- Diarrhea or
Some of the less common and more serious matcha tea side effects may include:
- Herbal liver damage due to over drinking of matcha tea
- Can interfere with other medications
Therefore, if you are on any medication (s), it is better to consult your doctor regarding drinking herbal tea.
In conclusion, when drinking matcha tea, moderation is the ultimate key. 2-3 cups of matcha tea a day is the generally accepted amount when it comes to moderating the intake.
On another note, it is not a surprise that matcha tea, like coffee, has caffeine in it. But unlike coffee, matcha tea caffeine does not spike up and crash hard when consumed. An amino acid called L-Theanine (present in the matcha tea) counteracts the effects of matcha tea caffeine. This amino acid is responsible for increased focus and calmness. These effects are a result of matcha tea caffeine dropping down more gradually and, thus, lasting longer.
In short, matcha tea caffeine doesn’t cause sudden energy boosts but instead maintains a constant level of energy.
Matcha Tea Latte
Before ending this article, let me leave you with one of my favorite matcha tea recipes: Matcha Tea Latte
1 tsp matcha tea powder
2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp warm water
250ml cold milk or 300ml hot milk
How to make
- Add matcha tea and sugar into a cup
- Add warm water and mix with a spoon or a whisk
- Whisk or mix till no lumps are present in the mix
- Warm the milk and
- Pour into the mix
- Then whisk again till the whole mix turns smooth and
- Finally, enjoy
If you want to enjoy a cold or iced latte,
· Instead of warm milk, use cold milk for an iced latte.
- Whisk the mix together until it is smooth and light green looking
- Add additional ice cubes or matcha powder if you prefer
- Enjoy your iced latte!