Matcha tea, matcha lattes, matcha buns, matcha MADNESS! This green tea powder is becoming increasingly popular in Western culture – and rightly so!
Ever wondered why matcha powder has a vibrant green colour? It lies in the way the green tea leaves are processed. Matcha is shade grown for several weeks before harvesting, resulting in higher levels of chlorophyll (the green pigment in leaves) and the amino acid L-Theanine.
The leaves are hand picked and steamed (as opposed to rolled and pan-fired). This gentler process retains more of the healthy phytonutrients in the plant’s cell wall intact. Steaming inhibits the oxidation process, causing matcha’s vibrant green colour. The leaves are then air-dried, not heated or sun-dried because that would further oxidate. The veins and stems are removed, and the remainder of the leaf is stone-ground into a fine powder.
The antioxidants and polyphenols in matcha help protect against heart disease and cancer, help regulate blood sugar, help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, help detoxify and boost metabolism, and of course prevent aging – what is there not to love about matcha?
Looking for an alternative to coffee? Just like all green tea, matcha naturally contains caffeine, which can boost energy and concentration levels. Interestingly, the amino acid L-theanine helps relax the body which helps reduce stress and anxiety.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups coconut milk (can also use almond, Bonsoy or oat milk)
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- 1 tsp chai spice blend
- 1 tsp coconut sugar (can also use honey or maple syrup)
How to make:
1. Over the stove place coconut milk, matcha powder, chai spice blend and coconut sugar into a saucepan and heat while stirring for 5 minutes on low heat.
2. Pour through strainer and drink immediately.
3. Sprinkle matcha if you want to be a little fancy!