How to prepare matcha?

If you’re tired of visiting your local coffee shop to get your matcha tea every day, you can learn how to prepare matcha at home (and make it taste really great). With a handful of simple tips and tricks, you’ll know how to make matcha in no time.

The surge in matcha’s popularity seems to be forever growing and on the rise. From matcha lattes to smoothies, to superfood pies, this green-hued wonder ingredient has made its way to coffee shops and kitchens around the world. And for good reason.

In addition to its wildly vibrant green hue, matcha powder comes packed with antioxidants. Among these is a compound called L-theanine, which alleviates the energy crash brought on by the typical cup of coffee and instead, promotes a peaceful sense of calm alertness. 

Traditional green tea is made from leaves that are steeped in hot water, whereas the matcha takes those leaves and grinds them into a green powder for the full range of nutritional benefits. 

Read on to dive into the brain-boosting power of all things matcha. 

How to Make Matcha at Home

If you’re making matcha at home with a bamboo whisk and tea bowl, the steps are simple. 

First, sift 1-2 teaspoons of matcha powder into your bowl. 

Add 2 ounces of hot water and whisk back and forth until the tea becomes frothy. We like to think of whisking in a zigzag or “W” shape, making sure no matcha gets stuck to the side of the mug. 

Then — enjoy! 

Although the steps are simple, knowing how to make matcha at home requires a bit of practice. If you’ve tried preparing matcha and found it to be bitter and frothy, you’re not alone. Many at-home matcha makers find the tea tough to make. Luckily, with a handful of simple tips, you’ll have the perfect matcha you’ve been searching for. 

What Makes the Perfect Matcha

Brilliantly green, frothy and almost creamy in texture — these are the things that make the perfect matcha. 

The Color

One of the first things people notice about matcha is the color. You want your matcha to be vibrantly green in color. This will come from using high-quality matcha that has been shade grown and is packed with chlorophyll. 

No Clumps

When you’re learning how to prepare matcha, it’s important to note that the most perfect mugs or bowls of matcha have no clumps. Whisk until you achieve that perfect, clump-free consistency.

The Bubbles

In the best matcha, there will be very small bubbles — so small, in fact, that you almost can’t see them. Without big bubbles to distract, you’ll see only the finest matcha froth. If you do notice some big bubbles remaining, use the whisk to push them to the side so they’ll pop. 

The Whisk

Traditional matcha is created with a chasen, a matcha whisk that’s made from bamboo. Although this isn’t completely necessary, it’s a small investment if you’re looking to create the best matcha with a good froth. As a general rule of thumb, the more tips the chasen has, the easier it will be to whisk and the more flexible the whisk, the better.

Electric mixers and milk frothers don’t usually have fine enough whisks to blend your matcha in the right way and give it that smooth layer of foam. But if you’re looking to make matcha tea without a whisk, they’re probably your best bet. You can also make your matcha by using the low-speed setting on your blender if you prefer. 

Additional tip: When you get your whisk, let it air dry after cleaning it in hot water. You want to avoid putting it back into its container, or you run the risk of mold.

The Strainer

If you’re super serious about how to prepare matcha, you can also consider using a strainer. A strainer is an extra step to ensure that your matcha is free from clumps.

The Water

175°F is the recommended water temperature for matcha. You don’t want it boiling — instead, you want it to be near-boiling. Boiling water will make the matcha bitter, which you want to avoid.

The Brand

One of the most important things to remember if you’re wondering how to prepare matcha powder is to invest in high-quality matcha. Lower quality matcha might taste okay in baked goods and smoothies, but when you’re preparing tea — you want the real deal. Look for “ceremonial grade” matcha, which refers to high-quality matcha. Lower-grade matcha will often be listed as “culinary grade.” 

Although the ceremonial grade matcha will come with a higher price point, it will taste best — somewhat sweet and not very bitter — making it perfect for mixing with hot water. Another indicator of high-quality matcha is the color. You want it vibrant green and full of life!

Our ceremonial grade organic matcha green tea is 100% 1st harvest from Shizuoka Prefecture and Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. It’s been shaded 3 weeks before harvesting to boosts chlorophyll levels and gives our bright green matcha increased antioxidants. Our matcha is perfect for use during our 21-Day Cleanse and can be enjoyed as a morning beverage or daily smoothie.

Ceremonial grade matcha is made from the youngest tea leaves that have been de-stemmed. It has a very smooth and vegetal flavor. It is the highest-quality tea selected for centuries in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. The suggested serving size is 1g or 1/2 teaspoon, so this tin contains 30 servings.

Matcha Recipes

When it comes to knowing how to make matcha at home, matcha recipes offer the chance for endless creativity. The unique taste of matcha, its health benefits, and its incredible color makes for a versatile and fun cooking ingredient. Here are a few of our favorites that not only taste delicious but prove that matcha is very good for you!

Vanilla Almond Bulletproof Matcha Latte

This Vanilla Almond Bulletproof Matcha Latte combines the brain-boosting power of matcha with MCT oil for a warm morning drink. For a win-win, this latte provides sustained energy throughout the day and helps to keep you full. 

The addition of MCT oil can help with weight loss, increasing the release of hormones responsible for making us feel full, while also optimizing the growth of good bacteria in the gut. The other star ingredient, tocos powder (short for tocotrienols) is made from brown rice bran solubles and is hydrating to the skin and connective tissue. 

The combination of unsweetened plain almond milk, matcha powder, MCT oil, tocos powder, vanilla extract, and coconut palm nectar or sugar create a matcha latte that’s packed to the brim with flavor, color, and nutrients. Whip this up in the morning and enjoy the benefits throughout the day.

The Dairy-Free Matcha Latte That Will Make You Forget Coffee

If the recipe title doesn’t give it away, this is the Dairy-Free Matcha Latte That Will Make You Forget Coffee. For many of us, it’s the scent of brewing hot coffee that urges us out of bed in the morning. We pour our cup, cradle it between our hands and all is right in the world. However, coffee can bring some less-than-pleasant side effects with it — like acidity, dehydration, and those possible morning jitters.

With this matcha latte, you’ll get the warm cozy feeling of your morning mug, but with a positive antioxidant boost! As an added bonus, this is a great drink to make while participating in the 21-Day Clean Program.

Like coffee, matcha will give you that much-desired morning energy lift. There is a similar amount of caffeine in matcha tea as coffee, however, because of the large concentration of antioxidants, the absorption of caffeine is slower with matcha, meaning no energy crash. 

To make this immunity-boosting beverage, you’ll need filtered water, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coconut cream, matcha powder, coconut palm sugar, and vanilla. 

Whisk it all up, making sure that the milk is heated through, and enjoy. 

If you’ve found yourself curious and asking — how do you make matcha? — we hope this article has guided you through the process and given you some matcha-needed inspiration. 

Once you get the hang of preparing matcha at home, you’ll find this specialty superfood beverage is easy to integrate into your daily wellness routine. 

Written by the Clean Team

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