Matcha, Nectar of the Gods

20160517_143433I love drinking tea and trying different and exciting flavours. I’d heard that lately there was a tendency for drinking and baking anything with matcha tea in it, so I thought I’d give it a go and see what all the fuss was about.

Matcha tea has been a very important ingredient in traditional Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies since the 12th century and it is also related to Zen Buddhism.

A lot of people talk about the health benefits of drinking this tea. It is rich in vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K, packed with antioxidant properties and helps to decrease high blood pressure and boost your energy levels. All these benefits seem like a winner to me!

A few months ago when I was on my way to work, I found a new store in Regent Street called T2 Tea. From what I read on their website, they started in Australia and have been running for 20 years but it was only recently that they have started to open up in foreign markets such as London.

T2 Tea sells all sort of lovely items: flasks, mugs, tumblers, bowls, jugs, teapots, etc. Their range of tea is actually quite impressive. If you go into one of their stores, you will find yourself surrounded by loads of little tea boxes. Seriously… they are everywhere!

I bought my first matcha pot here. A tin of 30 grams will cost you £20.00. It is not cheap but the quality is pretty noticeable so I think it is worth it. I am a big fan of Darjeeling, white organic, green, gunpowder and Jasmine tea but trying this was something else!

The first impression you receive will probably not be pleasant… or at least that is what happened to me! The smell and the taste are quite strong so when you make your tea, it is very important to follow the preparation steps properly and in particular using much less tea than you might normally.

If the water temperature is not quite right, your tea won’t taste nice. It is recommended to use water that is not quite boiling. It is equally important to measure the amount of tea powder that you will be using carefully so you don´t end up adding too much. You don´t want to end up having a chlorophyll overdose… just kidding! Finally, you also need to get yourself a bamboo whisk to mix it properly – this website has some good tips for making matcha tea.

There are loads of places today where you can buy this tea; one alternative that I spotted was Bloom Absolutely Matcha Green Tea Powder. I found this one in Holland & Barrett. Here a pot containing 30 grams will cost you around £16.99 and it tastes just as good as the other brands that I have tried.

My last suggestion for you is the Pukka supreme matcha green. If you feel like you just want to give this a try to see whether you like it or not, this is your best choice. You can find these teabags in supermarkets like Sainsbury’s or Waitrose. Each box contains 20 sachets and sells for £2.39. I think they are luscious and it is a great way to step into the fascinating world of the matcha tea.  You don’t get to use the bamboo whisk though!

Cheers!

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