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What Is Matcha & How To Make It
Health & Fitness
Let's start by explaining exactly what it is. Matcha is a high quality green tea that comes in a fine-ground powder. Traditionally, it's whisked in a bowl with hot water to become a rich, frothy beverage (my favorite way to enjoy it!) Matcha is so special because it's the only form of green tea in which the entire leaf is consumed (as opposed to brewed tea bags which you steep then throw out the bag). Ingesting the entire leaf makes it an antioxidant powerhouse, providing amazing health benefits that far exceed other teas or beverages.
. What's also exclusive to matcha is "zenergy!" - the feeling of being calm yet energized and focused at the same time (so amazing). The zenergy feeling comes from the unique combination of caffeine and theanine. It provides a long-lasting mental calmness and clarity without the jitters or crashes that are often associated with coffee. Just pure, good, clean energy!
One study states a single cup of matcha contains an incredible 137 times more antioxidants than a cup of brewed tea bag! What's uniquely special is that matcha contains a certain kind of antioxidant called catechins (of all antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial - nice!) Matcha is especially high in one specific catechin, called EGCG, which is recognized for it's cancer fighting properties.
Preparing pure whisked matcha is quick and easy - just 5 minutes! You'll need three simple tools shown below: a bowl, bamboo whisk, and measuring scoop (or teaspoon). Since you'll whisk vigorously to achieve the beautiful froth, it's best to use a wide and deep enough bowl - a soup bowl works great.
Start by measuring 1 flat teaspoon matcha powder in a bowl. If you're using a bamboo scoop, it's about two scoops. Heat 5 oz. (~2/3 cup) water, just under boiling (around 160-170 degrees) and add it to the bowl. Using a bamboo whisk, stir it a few times to make sure all the clumps are off the bottom and side, then whisk very briskly back and forth (in a straight line) for about 20-30 seconds. Then whisk in a zig-zag pattern to calm the waves and create delicate "microfoam". That's it - pure frothy bliss!