By Nancy Smorch
A couple of years ago a good friend introduced me to matcha tea. She came to visit me, and when we went shopping in Saugatuck (Michigan) and stopped in the Spice Merchants, she noticed the bright green powder in a bag hanging on the wall. She was thrilled to see it. She told me about a matcha latte she had tried in a specialty coffee and tea shop. Then she proceeded to tell me of all of the health benefits of matcha:
Matcha tea is an antioxidant powerhouse. It also relaxes and focuses the mind, boosts energy levels, helps burn calories, and detoxifies.
For a more in-depth look at the health benefits, check out Matcha Source’s website here.
I’m always up for trying these kinds of things, and I do love my teas. So when we got back to the house, we immediately tried to duplicate the matcha latte she had loved so much.
At the time, I didn’t have a latte/cappuccino machine, so here’s what we did:
Instructions (for two):
Heat water in one pan, and organic milk in a second.
Sift 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. of matcha tea into two cups (the amount of matcha you use will depend on the quality of the tea - the better quality, the less you need).
Add about 3 Tbsp. water into each of the cups and whisk it together until it smooth. For authentic matcha tea, there’s a special bamboo whisk you can use that works especially well.
Add honey to taste (I love honey so I added about 1/2 to 1 Tbsp per cup) and whisk again.
Add the warmed milk to fill the remainder of the cup and stir.
It was delicious, and I felt much better about the health benefits of drinking the matcha latte over a vanilla latte (although those are delicious as well!). I have since purchased a nice latte/cappuccino machine, which makes things much easier. If you have one, follow these instructions instead:
Instructions (with machine) for a single serving:
Put 1/2 to 1 tsp. of matcha tea into the milk and whisk it together (no water needed in this version)
Steam the milk and matcha.
Put the desired amount of honey in the bottom of your mug. Pour the matcha latte into the mug and stir.
Drizzle honey on top, to taste.
And, finally, sift a tiny amount of matcha tea on top for a pretty presentation, and indulge!
Lately around our house, this has been the drink of choice - we’re lovin' it! We're all looking forward to when the local coffee shops catch on to this great hot drink!