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Matcha More About Matcha: FAQs

 

What is matcha?
Matcha is a powdered green tea typically used in the Japanese tea ceremony.


How do you make matcha?
-Place 2 teaspoons of matcha into a bowl.
-Add 8 oz. of 175 degree water.
-Whisk the matcha for 30 seconds in quick “M” and “W” shapes with your wrist until it is fully dissolved and frothy on top.


Do you need special equipment / special whisk?
Traditionally, matcha is made in a matcha bowl (chawan) with a bamboo whisk (chasen). You can also use a standard soup bowl and a kitchen whisk.

 

How is matcha different from regular tea? What kind of green tea does matcha come from?
Matcha is made from the highest grade Japanese green tea, similar to Gyokuro. Shade-grown tea buds are plucked, the stems and veins are removed. The leaves are then ground into a fine powder.

How long does matcha stay fresh?
If stored well, matcha will stay fresh for up to one year. After that, it will slowly start to lose some of its flavor and vitality.


What’s the best way to store matcha?
The best way to store matcha is in an airtight container away from light, moisture, and other aromas in a cupboard or drawer.

 
How much caffeine does matcha have compared to regular green tea?
Matcha contains more caffeine than a regular green tea because it is made up of the whole tea leaf. Therefore, it releases more caffeine and antioxidants into the cup.

 
Health benefits of matcha?
Since all tea comes from the same plant, it’s all good for you. However, matcha is the only tea where you actually consume the whole leaf. Therefore, a cup of matcha will contain more antioxidants than other teas.

 
What is the traditional Japanese way to do Matcha?
-Use a bamboo tea scoop (chasaku) to measure two scoops of matcha.
-Place the matcha in your matcha bowl (chawan).
-Add ¼ cup of 170 degree water.
-Use a bamboo whisk (chasen) to whisk the matcha.
-Whisk in “M” and “W” shapes until it is fully dissolved and frothy.

 
Where to go for the Japanese tea ceremony?
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory offers a traditional Japanese Tea ceremony. You can register on their website.

 

Read even more about matcha here or discover other ways to prepare matcha.

 

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