Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. It is special because it is farmed and processed differently than most teas. The green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest, and then the stems and veins are removed in processing.
I hadn't really heard of Match prior to me receiving the product in order for me to review; and didn't really know what to expect. I have been a tea drinker my whole life (I am a Southern Lady lol); so I was excited about giving this a try.
Matcha has tons of health benefits like boosting your metabolism, detoxifying the body naturally, vitamins, chlorophyll, and being rich in fiber just to name a few. So this would be a tea that you really want to add to your diet.
The first few times I mixed this tea all wrong because, tea has to be made particular way. The water needs 162 degrees and 169 degrees with only 1/2-3/4 tsp. of the Matcha powder in the mix. If not then it turns out very off putting and bitter.
Here is what the company sent me about mixing Matcha tea.
Quick Method (For the casual drinkers)
What you need: Bowl or mug, Small Wire Whisk or Milk Frother, Teaspoon
1. Place 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon of Midori Spring Matcha Powder in mug, try to remove clumps.
2. Pour 60mL/2oz of hot water (72-76°c, 162-169°f) into mug and whisk briskly in a “W” motion until fine foam appears. Can use a small wire whisk or milk frother.
3. Sip and Enjoy!
Traditional Method (For the adventurous)
What you need: Matcha Bowl (Chawan), Matcha Whisk (Chasen), BambooScoop (Chashaku), Small Sifter
1. Warm up matcha bowl and bamboo whisk. Place whisk in bowl and fill ¹/3 of bowl with hot water. Let it sit for 1 minute, discard water. Dry bowl with clean cloth or paper towel.
2. With the bamboo scoop place 2 scoops of Midori Spring Matcha through a small sifter into bowl to avoid clumping.
3. Pour 60mL/2oz of hot water (72-76°c, 162-169°f) into bowl and whisk briskly in a “W” motion until fine foam appears. The whisk should not scratch the bottom of the bowl.
4. Sip and Enjoy!
This is a ceremonial gold class grade of Matcha, which means that this is the best of the best when it comes to Matcha.
This tea is an acquired taste definitely, I don't think that this tea will be added to my regimen of tea in the morning, but I will add it to my fruit smoothies or other things so that I can have all of the health benefits, without any of the gross taste.
If you are looking for something to add to your diet that is going to be extremely healthful for you and give you things that you may be lacking that I would totally give this a try, I would recommend that you try it on its own first so you can get the true flavor, and see if you like it. This isn't my cup of tea hehe (but it will be in my cup of smoothie).
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I did receive this product for free, for giving my honest opinion.