· By Avery Hastings
How to Use Premium Matcha Powder
How to Use Premium Matcha Powder for your Perfect Matcha Moment
Indulge in the world of matcha, a beloved beverage that brings an exquisite flavor dimension to your daily routine. In this article we will talk about how to use premium matcha to elevate your next matcha moment. Packed with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, matcha offers a velvety richness and a gentle caffeine boost, making it the perfect choice for those seeking a well-rounded and energizing experience.
Matcha traces its roots to ancient China but blossomed into elaborate tea ceremonies during Japan's Song Dynasty. This age-old treasure of tea rituals has crossed boundaries and become a cherished part of morning routines around the globe.
But what makes matcha truly exceptional is its birthplace: Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto, steeped in centuries of tradition and revered as the matcha capital, is where the finest matcha is sourced. Here, the art of matcha cultivation reaches its pinnacle, ensuring the highest quality and purity in every vibrant green sip.
What is Premium Matcha Powder?
What exactly is premium matcha powder? How is premium matcha powder different? First, let's start with matcha. It's the finely ground essence of Camellia sinensis leaves, the same plant that yields green tea. However, what sets premium matcha apart is the meticulous process it undergoes towards the end of its growth. The tea plants are shaded for several weeks before harvesting, encouraging an increase in chlorophyll content and preserving valuable amino acids. After plucking, the leaves are promptly steamed to halt oxidation and then carefully separated from stems and roots. Finally, they are stone-ground into a vibrant green powder.
What distinguishes a high quality, premium matcha, from a low quality matcha? It all comes down to the tea master's skill and the following characteristics:
1. Color: Genuine high-quality matcha boasts a vibrant, emerald-green hue, reflecting its rich chlorophyll content and impeccable leaf quality.
2. Texture: When sifted between your fingers, top-tier matcha feels incredibly fine and silky, resembling talc powder.
3. Taste: Sip and savor. Exceptional matcha offers a harmonious blend of sweet and slightly bitter notes, with a creamy mouthfeel and lingering, complex flavors.
4. Froth: When whisked with hot water, high-quality matcha yields a frothy, velvety layer on top, a sign of its finely ground, micro-particle consistency.
Seasoned matcha enthusiasts can discern quality matcha easily by its color, texture, and flavor profiles.
How Much Premium Matcha Powder Should You Use?
Most people ask how much premium matcha they should use per cup, and if they should use less higher quality matcha during preparation. While it all depends on personal preference, our suggestion is to use anywhere from half to a full teaspoon of matcha powder per cup, tailoring it to your desired strength.
Keep in mind that the ultimate flavor is influenced by both the matcha grade and the origin of the Camellia sinensis in your cup. For higher quality matcha powders, adding 1 tsp. or 1 1/2 tsp. will accentuate the flavor profiles. Anything less may taste "watered down" especially with superior quality matcha blends.
These measurements serve as a starting point, but don't hesitate to experiment and find the perfect matcha balance that satisfies your unique taste preferences. After all, tea is a personal journey, a soulful experience where you are the best judge of the matcha quantity that resonates with you.
Should You Use Premium Matcha with Milk?
Another question that is often asked is should you use premium matcha with milk, or mix it with milk alternatives? Matcha connoisseurs, those who truly appreciate the art of matcha, might passionately argue against mixing premium matcha with anything, especially milk. They believe that the delicate flavors and nuances of premium matcha should be experienced in their purest form, unadulterated by other ingredients.
However, the beauty of matcha lies in its versatility and adaptability to suit individual preferences. While some may prefer the traditional preparation method with just hot water, others find joy in crafting a luxurious matcha latte with milk or a milk alternative. The choice ultimately depends on your taste and the matcha experience you seek.
If you're new to matcha or curious about its various forms, don't hesitate to experiment. Try premium matcha both ways – with just hot water and in a matcha latte – and see which one resonates with your palate. Whether pure or blended, matcha remains a delightful and healthful beverage, offering a wide spectrum of flavors and experiences to explore.
How to Make Premium Matcha Tea
The Best Way to Prepare Matcha
What's the best way to prepare matcha? The Chasen is your modern-day matcha companion, revolutionizing matcha preparation with a simple touch. While it pays homage to the time-honored traditions of matcha, it also embraces innovation, carving a unique niche in the world of matcha enthusiasts. With the Chasen, you're invited to embark on a matcha journey that elevates every sip into a Zen-like experience, a moment of pure matcha perfection.
The Chasen eliminates the complexities often associated with matcha preparation. No longer do you need a collection of tools or the mastery of matcha whisking techniques. Say goodbye to the worries of cleaning your matcha whisk and the post-preparation cleanup hassles. After use, a simple wipe with a damp cloth is all it takes to prepare your Chasen for future matcha moments. Embrace the Chasen's simplicity and convenience, and watch your matcha enjoyment reach new heights.
How to Make a Hot or Iced Matcha Tea
1. Fill your Bonsai Cha Chasen with water to the second line.
2. Add 1 tsp. of matcha and press the button once to mix a hot matcha, twice for a cold matcha.
3. Pour and enjoy.
How to Make a Premium Matcha LatteTHE BONSAI CHA LATTE
- 2 oz. of water
- 6 oz. of milk
- 1 tsp. of Bonsai Cha matcha
1. Add milk to the Bonsai Cha Chasen and blend. Pour into a cup.
2. Fill your Bonsai Cha Chasen with 2 oz. of water.
3. Add 1 tsp. of matcha and press the button to mix.
4. Pour matcha over milk and enjoy.
How to Care For Your Premium Matcha Powder
Matcha is very delicate and should be stored in a cool, dry place away from light and heat. Treat it like a fresh vegetable. Store your premium matcha in an opaque, airtight container or bag. We recommend refrigerating matcha to preserve quality and freshness and to prevent oxidation. However, be sure to keep it away from different foods to prevent absorption. Also, do not leave any spoons or other objects insde your matcha package.
Where to Buy Premium Matcha Powder
At Bonsai Cha, we invite you on a journey to uncover the true essence of matcha – a vibrant and time-honored Japanese tradition.
Our commitment to sourcing the very best matcha begins with a deep respect for tradition. We work directly with esteemed family farmers in Kyoto, the heartland of matcha production, to ensure unparalleled freshness and purity. Each leaf is meticulously harvested during the first harvest, and our matcha is ground from these select leaves, free from any additives or fillers.
Enhance your matcha journey today and discover the distinction of top qualiy matcha.