Updated: Jul 27
Matcha powder is finely ground whole tea leaves. Unlike other teas, Matcha uses the entire leaf which in turn makes this powder a fantastic source of antioxidants and vitamins.
Matcha is one of the highest sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants help reduce cell damage and may help fight of chronic disease. With its vibrant green colour Matcha powder also provides a high level of chlorophyll which can help to detoxify the blood, stimulate the immune system, boost energy, reduce odours and improve some skin conditions.
It is also a source of Vitamin C, which in turn stimulates collagen meaning Matcha can contribute to healthy, glowing hair, skin and nails.
Whilst Matcha is also a source of caffeine (providing almost as much caffeine as a cup of coffee) people often experience the same alertness associated with a cup of coffee, but don't experience the caffeine crash.
Traditionally, a Matcha drink is made by pouring hot water over the powder, then combining it with milk that is "frothed" with a bamboo whisk.
These days, Matcha is found on the drinks menu of many cafes and is made using similar methods to a hot chocolate or Matcha's second cousin, The Turmeric Latte. Many people now also use Matcha powder for wholefood bliss balls, slices and even pancakes.
We think enjoying a cup of Matcha at home is as easy as a cup of tea.
Our easy Matcha Latte recipe is:
1. Warm a cup of milk (dairy or nut) in a milk pot or small saucepan on the stove.
2. When warm, add 1/2 tsp matcha (or more depending on your taste preference), a few drops of vanilla extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp honey (optional).
3. Whisk until smooth
4. Pour into your favourite mug and dust lightly with cinnamon.