Tips On Making The Best Cup Of Matcha
Preparing Matcha is not as difficult as one might think, but there are indeed some tricks of the trade. Drinking Matcha everyday for about six years now, I have come across many different ways to prepare Matcha and what works best for each technique. So, in this post, I am going to share with you 7 tips to making the best cup of Matcha!
1. Start with Fresh Matcha:
Before anything, make sure that the Matcha is a fresh high-quality ceremonial grade. There are a few ways to determine the quality of your Matcha, starting with the aroma, color, and then texture. If you are unsure if your Matcha is high-quality and fresh, feel free to read my post on how to tell good and bad Matcha apart!
2. Don't use boiling water:
While we typically add boiling hot water to our cup of brewed tea, we want to avoid adding it to Matcha. The hot water will scorch the Matcha and leave it tasting overwhelmingly bitter. For the best results, use hot water with a temperature that is tolerable for drinking right away! (e.g. wait about 2-5 minutes after boiling).
3. Use icy cold water:
If you are going to prepare iced-Matcha, I recommend mixing icy cold water with Matcha in the blender and then pouring it over ice. Matcha prefers cold temperatures, and as a result, using icy-cold water over room-temperature water can help to preserve the flavor!
4. Use a dairy-alternative milk:
While preparing Matcha with milk or cream, such as in Matcha lattes, smoothies, or milkshakes tastes delicious, it is best to avoid using dairy milk as much as possible. A German study found that the casein in dairy binds to the antioxidants present in Matcha, hindering their absorption. While having a Matcha latte now and then isn't going to interfere with the health benefits of Matcha, it is best to turn to a dairy free alternative such as almond, soy, rice or coconut milk if you are drinking on a daily basis!
5. Use Brown or Coconut Sugar:
6. Blend/Whisk it well.
Matcha isn't an instant powder that dissolves in water right away and, hence, needs to be properly whisked or blended. If you are using a traditional bamboo whisk, whisk it in a M-pattern until small, frothy bubbles begin to cover the surface. If you are using a blender, blend the Matcha for about 7-15 seconds, and let it sit for 10 seconds after. Following these steps will ensure creamy and frothy Matcha in seconds!
7. Drink it as soon as you can.
Matcha is best enjoyed right after it has been prepared. Given that it is prone to oxidization if left out, ruining its natural sweet flavor, I recommend drinking Matcha right away!
(If you are drinking Matcha on the go, I suggest using a thermos with ice to preserve Matcha for up to 5-6 hours!).
There you go! There are 7 easy tips for preparing the best cup of Matcha!
Do you have a special way of drinking Matcha? Be sure to share it with us in the comments below!