Whisking up a bowl of “Matcha” is a Marvelous way to start each day!
The health benefits of Matcha Tea – as described by Dr. Andrew Weil M.D. (taken from www.inpursuitoftea.com)
In addition to providing trace minerals and vitamins (A, B-complex, C, E, and K), matcha is rich in catechin polyphenols – compounds with high antioxidant activity. These compounds offer protection against many kinds of cancer, help prevent cardiovascular disease and slow the aging process. They also reduce harmful cholesterol in the blood, stabilize blood sugar levels, help reduce high blood pressure and enhance the resistance of the body to many toxins. The most important polyphenol in matcha is EGCG (epigallo-catechin gallate), which is the subject of many medical studies. Matcha has a significant amount of dietary fiber and practically no calories. – Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. (Read more about health benefits of tea by Dr. Andrew Weil M.D.)
THIS IS HOW TO PREPARE MATCHA
1. Bring a small quantity (approximately 2 cups) of purified water to a boil and remove from heat. Pour about 1/2 cup of this water into tea bowl or a cup to warm it. Dump out the water from the bowl.
2. To reduce the possibility of the Matcha powder forming lumps with the addition of hot water, it is often suggested to pass the entire can of powder through a fine sieve (tea strainer) onto waxed paper and then return the sifted powder to the can. I do not sift the entire container at once. I prefer to sift it fresh. I have a small strainer that I sift each morning the amount that I will be drinking directly into the warm matcha bowl.
3. A good amount of matcha powder to use for one serving is one level teaspoon or 2 scoops with a CHASHAKU (Bamboo Spoon) more or less. It really is a matter of taste. If your matcha is pre-sifted, you would put the powder directly into the bowl. Otherwise sift the powder directly into the warm matcha bowl.
4. Add approx. 1/3 cup of slightly less than boiling water to the bowl. Again, this is a matter of taste.
5. With a CHASEN (Bamboo whisk) vigorously whisk the tea with a back and forth motion until the drink becomes frothy. I have never tried to make a bowl of matcha without the Chasen before so I cannot attest to the quality or taste if you use a spoon to stir it or an optional flexible whisk like silicon.
Below is a picture of my morning “Matcha” in my 16-year-old matcha bowl, can of matcha powder and tools.
6. Enjoy! Once you add this morning (or any time, for that matter) ritual to your day, you will crave the 5 minutes of peace and pleasure.