Matcha Latte’s have done more than a few rounds on Instagram over the last year. They’ve always looked delicious to me, but until recently I’d not tried it. A couple of weeks ago, the lovely people from Kanuka Tea got in touch and kindly sent me a very pretty traditional Japanese Matcha tea kit to try.
Matcha tea is at the heart of traditional Japanese culture. They have a special Matcha tea ceremony called ‘Chanoyu’ which means ‘The Way of Tea’. The ritual of preparing the tea is the time to relax, unwind and switch off from the pressures of the day. It is said to bring about a feeling of peace, harmony and happiness.
The health benefits of Matcha are well researched and quite extraordinary. I was surprised to learn that one serving is said to be the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups or regularly brewed green tea. According to MatchaSource.com, Matcha is packed with fibre, nutrients and antioxidants including the powerful EGCg, boosts metabolism and burns calories, detoxifies the body, calms the mind and prevents disease.
To make two Matcha lattes, you will need:
One tsp good quality Matcha tea powder
380ml warm milk of your choice (although cows milk froths up the best)
Drizzle of honey or maple syrup (optional, for a sweeter taste)
You don’t necessarily need a traditional bamboo chasen (little wooden whisk), but it does help it get all frothy and silky so I would recommend picking one up if you like a Matcha latte.
Start by placing the Matcha powder in a smallish bowl and mix it to a paste with 80ml of warm milk.
Give it a good mix so there are no lumps of powder left.
Slowly pour in your warm milk, whisking up all the while until it looks frothy and bubbly like this…
Gah I love that minty green colour.
I like a bit of sweetness to counteract the slightly bitter flavour of good quality Matcha, so I add a small teaspoon of runny honey to mine, before sharing between two small coffee cups.
And there it is.
Have you tried a Matcha Latte? What did you think?
Thank you to Kanuka Tea for sending me the Matcha tea kit. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.
Ph. my own.