Recently I’ve been self-training myself as a personal home barista; though I’m being kind of funny when I say that. For people who have been following me the past few months, I’ve grown a deep connection with Matcha Green Tea.
Matcha is this specific type of high altitude green tea. It’s from Japan, and its grown in shade. People say it has 37 times the health benefits of a typical glass of boring bagged tea, but that’s probably a huge exaggeration; I imagine its realistically more like 10 cups.
Either way, matcha green tea is prepared a specific way; traditionally you would use a whisk that looks like this:
so naturally, I’ve been getting good frothing my matcha green tea, because that is how it is traditionally prepared.
You can buy the traditional bamboo whisk and chasen here BambooWorx Japanese Tea Set, Matcha Whisk (Chasen), Traditional Scoop (Chashaku), Tea Spoon, The Perfect Set to Prepare a Traditional Cup of Matcha.
Instead of going super traditional, I got this more modern, electronic mixer, which I think is sold a frothing tool. I’m not too sure, but I’ve used it to make a variety of coffee and cream drinks, as well at matcha latte.
You can make homemade whipped cream as well, which is what I usually do since I’m currently on a no sugar diet; and milk contains natural sugar that I can’t have.
Pictured above is the electronic whisker next to a chasen, (CHA-SEN).
Matcha is really good for weight less because it prevents your body from storing fat cells. It also speeds up your metabolism, and carries much more of an energizing boost than a regular cup of green tea.
If you’re new to matcha, I’d stick to only a half-teaspoon for your first time. Remember to drink after eating food, or you might get a belly ache on a empty stomach your first couple times.
Matcha comes in different qualities.
There’s culinary: cheaper price and richer in flavor, bold and sometimes slightly bitter. This is best used for cakes, waffles, pancakes, or lattes. Anything that you’re going to add flavor to.
Ceremonial grade is rather expensive, but worth it if you want a very naturally sweet and aromatic drink. This matcha is very very very light and almost neon green. The highest quality. You definitely get what you pay for though.
I recommend this matcha green tea if you’re looking for a good price, and good quality Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder – USDA Organic, Authentic Japanese Origin – Classic Culinary Grade (Smoothies, Lattes, Baking, Recipes) – Antioxidants, Energy [30g Starter Size]
Product of Japan is always the way to go!
Even if you don’t like green tea, I’d highly recommend the little automatic electronic matcha whisk froth tool – it doesn’t really have a nice convenient name. I’ve been able to make so many light, bubbly, airy drinks of coffee. So it’s very useful to have if you don’t already own a nice espresso machine.