Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Where it's grown: Japan.
How it tastes: Grassy and a little bitter.
Color of the brew: Green with a bit of white froth.
When to drink it: When you want a break from the ordinary.
Brewing Directions: Matcha is powdered green tea, and is not steeped but rather whipped into freshly boiled water. Place 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder in a bowl or large teacup (big enough that you can whip the tea in without spilling). Pour in 1 cup freshly boiled water and stir vigorously with a fork or whisk until frothy.
Worth noting: Matcha was traditionally used in the classical Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu), stirred with a bamboo whisk before being presented to the drinker. Today, matcha is also consumed as a refreshing drink with milk and sugar, served both hot and on ice.