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Matcha green tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants. Made from stone-ground first pick tea buds of the Spring season, matcha green tea comes in a powder form and can’t be steeped like other loose tea.
Whisking using a bamboo chasen is recommended for the preparation of matcha. Whisking the matcha ensures that the powder will dissolve in the water, giving you a smooth matcha experience full of flavor. However, if you do not own a chasen whisk, there are still some quick and alternative methods to preparing a delicious matcha drink.
Matcha Otome is a ceremonial grade green tea powder that has a fresh aroma and rich, savory notes of sweet grass with slight astringency. From the prestigious Uji region in Kyoto, this matcha is excellent as is or in drinks such as matcha lattes, smoothies and cocktails.
Below are the three quick methods to make matcha without a whisk.
Using a mason jar, shaker, or bottle is the most common way to make matcha when you don’t have a whisk. All you need is the container, matcha, water or milk, and some muscle. Place all the things in the bottle or jar, seal the lid tightly. Then shake until you see a decent layer of foam form at the top. This option is best for cold brew matcha so add some ice and enjoy. Of course, you can certainly prepare hot matcha using this shake method. If you are able to, sifting your matcha into the jar/bottle before shaking will truly aid in removing clumps.
There’s no doubt that matcha smoothies are tasty and you can just simply add the green tea powder to the blender with your other ingredients. But, you can also just add matcha and water and blend away! This is a very quick way that requires no muscles to make a cup of matcha. If you’re wondering how long you should blend, then it entirely depends on the power of your blender. Your matcha will be ready once you see foam on the top surface with no clumps floating around.
Yes, you heard right – you can use a milk frother to mix your matcha powder. If you are using a handheld frother, then all you need to do is to add matcha and water to a cup and then insert your frother. Compared to a blender, a handheld frother is convenient to travel with and it means that you can make a cup of matcha green tea even outside of your home. If you are using an electric milk frother, then you can water and matcha directly to it and switch it on as you normally do to froth milk. Finally, pour the final drink into your cup to enjoy.
Pick up some high-quality matcha powder today and use any of the above-mentioned hacks to enjoy your matcha!
For an authentic matcha experience, you may want to look into a ceremonial matcha starter kit, which comes complete with all the tools you need.
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