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matcha obsession

Since the moment I first tasted Peet’s new matcha tea latte, I have had a huge matcha obsession. What is it exactly? Well, it’s green tea. Specifically, it’s a fine ground, powdered, high quality green tea, but it’s not the same as tea powder or green tea powder. Ground from fine Japanese green tea leaves, matcha tea is 10 times as nutrient-rich as regular green tea. By weight, matcha contains more antioxidants than blueberries, pomegranates, orange juice and spinach! Other health benefits include…

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms and relaxes
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Fights against viruses and bacteria
  • Is rich in fiber
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

Want to learn how to make matcha? Here are two cute and quick videos I found on YouTube to help you out: the first shows you how traditional matcha is prepared, and the second shows you how to make a yummy latte. I recommend using soy milk for the latte, as it goes really nicely with the taste of the matcha. I’ve also added written instructions below each video, since sometimes that’s easier to follow.

How to Make Matcha Green Tea

  1. Scoop about 1/2 teaspoon matcha into your mug.
  2. Add a bit of water and mix with a whisk until the matcha forms a sort of smooth paste.
  3. Top it off with as much water as you desire, and whisk quickly for approximately 30 seconds to produce a uniform, light green froth on the surface of the tea.

How to Make a Matcha Green Tea Latte

  1. Scoop about 1/2 teaspoon matcha into your mug.
  2. Cover with hot water and whisk for 5 seconds or so with an automatic frother, or with a traditional whisk (just make sure the powder and water are incorporated).
  3. Steam your milk, either with an automatic steamer/frother like this one (which I use), or by heating the milk on the stove or in the microwave and whisking.
  4. Pour milk over the matcha in your mug and enjoy!

Do you drink matcha tea?

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