How To Brew Matcha

1 CommentWednesday, 2 August 2017  |  Jessica West

In recent months Matcha has taken in the world by storm. Whether people are drinking it as a tea or baking with it to create matcha cakes and muffins, it shows no signs of losing its popularity. In our opinion, the various health benefits it offers alone are enough to warrant it a very long time in the lime light.  

Brewing it as a tea takes a little more effort than other loose leaf teas and might take a bit of practice, but we promise that it is 100% worth the extra time and care!

So what do you need to look at when choosing your matcha? There are many types of matcha on the market, but the quality and grade is all important when choosing which to buy. At The Tea Makers of London, we pride ourselves on the quality and grade of our matcha powders, which can be seen in the vibrancy of the green. The quality and flavour of our matcha has even won a Great Taste Award, winning 2 stars in this year's selection.  Another important thing to look at when buying your matcha is the region it is produced from. All our matcha powders come from Mie Prefecture, Japan, famous for its premium matcha. 

There are a few ways to brew matcha green tea depending on personal preference, how much time you’d like to spend and also, what utensils you have to hand. Here is our advice on how to make matcha tea at home. For best results, we do suggest you use traditional Japanese utensils, however, this isn’t essential. 

 

 

The Quick & Easy ‘Shake It’ Method

For this method you will need:

  • Matcha powder of your choice.
  • An empty bottle with screw lid.
  • A matcha measuring spoon (you can use a normal teaspoon if you wish).
  • 200ml of water boiled to 80 degrees. Top tip: boil the kettle and leave on the side for 1-2 minutes to achieve the correct temperature. (Make sure not to use anything hotter than 80 degrees for matcha as this will ruin the taste completely!)

The Method:

Step 1 - Measure out the matcha powder with your matcha spoon. One spoonful is the perfect amount for one cup of tea. If using a normal teaspoon, the quantity needed will be on the matcha packaging. 
Step 2 - Place the matcha powered in the empty it in the bottle.
Step 3 - Pour in the hot water, making sure not to fill all the way to the top.
Step 4 - Fasten the lid and shake the bottle vigorously for 30 seconds.
Step 5 - Pour out your matcha tea into a mug or glass of your choice and enjoy!

 

The Electric Whisk Method

For this method you will need:

The Method:

Step 1 - Measure out the matcha powder with your matcha spoon. One spoonful is the perfect amount for one cup of tea.
Step 2 - Place the powder in the matcha bowl and stir in the hot water, stirring with the electric whisk until a layer of foam has formed across the top.
Step 3  - Pour out your perfect matcha tea and enjoy!

 

The Traditional Ceremonial Method

For this method you will need:

The Method:

Step 1 - Using the bamboo spatula, measure 1-2 scoops of match powder and place in your matcha bowl.
Step 2 - Pour 1/3 of the hot water into the bowl. Hold the bowl in place using your non-dominant hand, and with your dominant hand hold the bamboo whisk. Begin by gently mixing the powder with the hot water. Then, in a repetitive motion, move your wrist back and forth to form a ‘M’ shape.
Step 3 - Pour in the remaining water and mix well until a layer of foam has formed on the surface of the tea.
Step 4 - Pour out your perfect matcha tea and enjoy!

 

We’d love to hear what you think of these methods, or if you’ve tried them for yourself. Let us know in the comments below.