Matcha is the best culinary discovery I’ve made in the last few years. Sooo refreshing. Sooo healthy. Sooo creamy.
Let me explain the magic of the matcha.
Matcha powder is actually stone-grounded green tea leaves. Instead of infusing the leaves in hot water and then removing them after a few minutes, you mix in the powder and drink the tea with the powdered leaves (don’t worry, whereas the powder does not “dissolve” in water, the particles are so tiny the mixture will be homogeneous).
That’s some healthy stuff!
You thought green tea was healthy? Well matcha is exponentially more healthy: instead of drinking water that had extracted a few nutrients from tea leaves, you drink the entire leaves, with all its goodnesses. Talking ‘bout amazingness!
Matcha is not only healthy because it’s nutritious. It’s also healthy because of its acidity level – it’s alkaline. You can savour alkaline drinks without fearing caries, which are caused by acid! Actually, a lot of drinks are acid: sweet drinks such as Pepsi or Coca Cola, coffee and even some types of teas and juices. Matcha is also great for your teeth because it won’t stain them, unlike coffee or black tea!
Relaxing energy boost
Yes exactly what you read! Matcha boosts your energy in a relaxing way. Coffee energizes you brutally and makes you crash just as brutally, whereas matcha gently and pleasantly energizes you without any crash. You will fully understand the “relaxing” energy boost when you try it 🙂
Isn’t matcha amazing? When you want some caffeine to tone yourself up and you hesitate between coffee, black tea or matcha, you know what to choose!
Really, are there any downsides to drinking matcha? It’s like a drink from heaven!
Creamy goodness from heaven
Ok now let me tell you about the real magic. I don’t really understand the science behind it, but when you mix the macha powder well enough, your drink becomes creamy. Like it’s really rich! It’s like it’s made of cream. But it’s not.
Tea, hot latte, iced latte and pastries
Matcha can be used in a ton of stuff. Its original purpose was to make tea. Yummy yummy yummy tea! But you can also bake with it…and make iced matcha latte!
If you buy matcha, buy good matcha
There are many many types of matcha: some are better for cooking (the least expensive ones), others are better for drinking (the most expensive ones). It’s a pretty expensive drink, but choosing the right matcha is important since cooking matcha doesn’t taste nearly as good as drinking matcha! Trust me, I’ve tried many times and many types. Here’s a link to a great guide to buying the right kind.
If you’re trying matcha for the first time, be sure to opt for good quality otherwise you’ll be disappointed and miss out on a great occasion to discover something amazing!