Talking about matcha is talking about Japan and green tea, two of my favourites things I’ve ever discovered. Matcha is recently common in Europe but it is huge in Japan. I remember from our trip there last summer that almost all the sweets – icrecreams, cakes, drinks, smoothies… – are made with matcha. I tasted evetything I could and I loved it more and more. It has an special sweet taste and the energizing plus – similar to chocolate – but even healthier! : )
Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea that it is special in two aspects of farming and processing: the green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest, and the stems and veins are removed in processing. During shaded growth, the plant Camellia sinensis – the plant whose leaves are used to produce tea – produces more theanine and caffeine. This combination of chemicals is considered to account for the calm energy people might feel from drinking matcha.
The ground tea has its origin in the China, but in the year 1191, the Buddhist monk Eisai brought the ground tea to Japan, with the introduction of Buddhism (Zen). Over time, the ground tea was disappearing in China, nevertheless rooted in Japan thanks to the customs of the Buddhist monasteries. Later, the upper classes of Japanese society adopted this tea – making them more Japanese than Chinese! -.
“Matcha is considered the calm energy tea”
The best thing of this amazing tea is the ceremony, that I had the challenge to attend in Tokyo. The old woman from the place we were staying made it for the guests of at 11am in the morning – I can’t forget even the exact time! -. We were all sited on our knees – Japanese style way to sit on the floor – and she explained step by step the ritual with all little details, one I most remember it is the one to go spinning the bowl where you drink depending on your guests, first you show the most beautiful draw from the bowl to them to finish facing it to yourself as a respect signal to the others and to yourself at the end. Such a beauty and meaningful detail!
From the trip I had the chance to bring some Japanese tools – as the bowls and the kimono :p – back home, where I can reproduce the ritual – and If you want, you can buy the kit through my blog! -.
The Matcha Tea Kit from Teterum has everything you need and makes it so easy:
– Matcha tea beater*
– Matcha tea spoon*
– Tea matcha (10 grs.)
– Instructions and two recipes
*Handmade from natural bamboo!
HOW TO PREPARE MATCHA:
1) Sift 1-2 tsp matcha into a cup using the small tea spoon
2) Add a bit of hot water to the bowl – some people say its bette to use water just under a boil –
3) Whisk vigorously in a zig zag motion until the tea is frothy.
4) Enjoy your matcha tea straight from the bowl! : )
If you prefer to watch a video, that’s great:
Hope you enjoy it, it’s delicious – and energizing, I do not recommend to take it after 5pm -.
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El precio incluye el kit con todos los utensilios, 10grs de Té matcha y los gastos de envío.
*The little baskets are part of the wysee platform, through which the editor of the blog who writes the article (eco -article in that case : P) can monetize its “influence”. Isn’t it cool? I love the possibilities of this digital-future world we are facing!