For years, Green Tea is popular for its amazing health benefits. Now, it seems like everywhere you turn these days there’s somebody pushing a matcha, beverage but do you even know what? Matcha is essentially a stronger form of green tea. One of the first things you notice is a zippe green colour that comes in a powdered form. It’s not steeped like a normal tea.
To prepare matcha, you whisk the powder with hot water. So, when drinking matcha you’re actually consuming the whole leaf. Like any form of tea, matcha originates with a healthy stock of camellias aneesa’s or the tea plant. Every April new shoots sprout from the tips of these plants and that’s where the process for growing matcha starts to differ from regular green tea. I had seen an a whitey company’s video this is the point in time where the plants are shaded with tarps that only allow about 20% of the normal amount of sunlight in and through that process they become more potent.
The full-bodied flavor of matcha have the calming effects so many drinkers claim the tea possesses this process is done on average for about three weeks’ time. Only the youngest tea leaves are plucked from the plant within 20 to 24 hours of being plucked. It’s Japanese custom to see in the leaves for 20 seconds and this stops the fermentation process from occurring and also preserves the leaves rich color.
Drying is the next step and that occurs when the leaves are placed inside chambers that will be filled with flowing air that constantly circulates. Before the drying process is completed the stems and veins are separated from the leaves. The part that’s left is called tension, using a stone mill the tential leaves are ground into a fine powder and the Matcha is ready for brewing. Prudhoe in Manhattan is the place to experience matcha in its truest form.
Generally, in a cup of matcha, you’re going to get a little bit less caffeine than a coffee. So essentially I have had three coffees in the last three hours so I’m wired right now. Flavor-wise for somebody that’s never tried matcha before, it’s just like espresso, just like whiskey just like a fine wine. It’s really defined by this really nice bite of a green tea. The texture is so very smooth, the kind of umami flavor. Japanese foods are always known for this umami creaminess.