I first discovered matcha tea about ten years ago as I was looking for natural remedies to promote gut health. Having lived with gut issues since my 20’s, I am always looking for natural and organic ways to stay healthy. During my research I discovered not only the health benefits but the beautiful experience surrounding this yummy tea.
Matcha is essentially green tea leaves that are shade-grown with the stems and veins removed. Then the tea leaves are ground to a fine powder. There are two types of matcha, one is ceremonial grade and is of superior quality, often used in the Japanese tea ceremonies and best for drinking. The second is culinary grade, used as a natural food dye and added to anything from confections to lattes!
Well known for the naturally occurring antioxidant benefits and its ability to reduce inflammation in the body. Matcha can boost your metabolism and aids in reducing stress. Drinking this tea is good for your health and wellbeing. According to Japanese tradition, when prepared with high-quality matcha, the art of drinking this tea promotes mindfulness.
It is meditative, soulful, and delicious!
Making matcha tea is an art form and to make the perfect bowl takes some time to get it right. Having the right equipment is most important and will help to create the perfect cup. Here is a step-by-step guide I found at Matcha.com.
1. Heat water in a kettle until steam first appears; this will be well below boiling, about 180°F. Turn off heat.
2. Pour about ½ cup of the hot water into a matcha bowl to warm it; discard the water and dry the inside of the bowl.
3. Use a tea scoop to measure three scoops (1 teaspoon) of sifted matcha powder into the warmed bowl.
4. Add about ¼ cup (2 ounces) of hot water.
5. Use a tea whisk to mix the matcha into the water. Begin with a slow, back-and-forth stroke, then agitate the mixture to a froth with quick strokes.
6. Rinse the scoop and whisk.
7. Sip and enjoy.
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Organic Matcha Tea Powder
4pc Matcha Tea Set
Cast Iron Tea Pot
Glass Tea Pot
Electric Tea Kettle w/ Walnut Handle
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The art of drinking tea embraces slow living. For me, it is intrinsic for a Wabi-Sabi mindset. Learn more about incorporating peaceful energy into your routines, rituals and spaces here.