Energy boosting matcha tea recipe

Our retail customer Catrin Rudling, a certified teamaster, loves matcha tea and sent us this superhealthy and supersimple recipe.

Super simple shot with matcha, one shot:

- 1 tsk matcha (mix with a spoon, a little water or juice, to form a paste)
- Use a whisk or a blender and add 1 dl freshly pressed orange juice.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Matcha is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony "Cha No Yu". It is a very special and elegant tea in powder form, which is the original way to drink tea, both in China and Japan. Nice and early harvested matcha (the matcha in Aichi harvested from the end of May and during the summer) has as our a bright green color and can both be enjoyed as a tea or as a flavoring and utility-enhancing ingredient in ice cream, smoothies, lattes, chocolate and pastries.

An authentic Japanese tea ceremony is a meditative journey, and Cha-No-Yu is the most comprehensive tea ceremony and a very sophisticated and fully developed way to manage, present and consume tea. A tea ceremony in Japan can take several hours and the tea master will guide the guests through the ceremony of various, carefully planned steps that are influenced by Zen Buddhism and its philosophy. Becoming a tea master require years of philosophical and spiritual work and covers many areas such as art, literature, calligraphy and more. During the tea ceremony two types of matcha are prepared that’s severed to the guests, the thick tea (koicha) and thin tea (usucha). Small dishes and pastries of soybeans are served and depending of the season and guests preferences. The tea is served from a special, flat-bottomed ceramic bowl (called chawan) and stirred with a whisk of bamboo into a frothy drink.

Use
There are many different recipes, where matcha is used in desserts and beverages, sauces, ice cream, smoothies, lattes. So this is a tea with a lot of interesting possibilities. Important when you prepare matcha is that the water temperature does not exceed 70 degrees C.

On Catrin Rudling's website www.mightyleaf.se at the page “pairing tea and food” you will - at the bottom of the page - find several recipes with matcha.

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