If you’ve always been a fan of lattes or can’t get through the day without a few cups of green tea, how about trying out some Matcha Latte? Although Matcha belongs to the green tea family, Matcha powder is made of ground tea leaves, and when you consume it, you get a higher concentration of the nutrients present in the leaves.
Matcha is not a recent fad that you can brush aside. Its origins can be traced back to the 12th century. For over 800 years, Matcha has been an important part of Japanese tea culture. Myoan Eisai, a Japanese Buddhist monk traveled to China to find green tea and discovered that drinking Matcha before meditation helped sustain his concentration. He brought Matcha with him to Japan.
The benefits of Matcha might convince you to swap your daily cup of coffee with a daily Matcha latte. Matcha is loaded with vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and antioxidants like polyphenols and catechins. It promotes healthy skin cell turnover and gives your skin a radiant glow.
Matcha powder contains thrice the amount of caffeine as compared to other variants of brewed teas. Black tea contains 47mg of caffeine in a single cup and green tea has 28mg of caffeine. But Matcha has 70mg of caffeine and L-theanine, an amino acid present in it that reduces stress and does not make you feel jittery. In a nutshell, you don’t experience a “caffeine crash,”
Simply heat 2 or 3 oz of water to 176°F, put 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder in a glass, and add a splash of hot but not boiling water. Blend thoroughly with a spoon to remove any lumps. You can even use a bamboo whisk or a fork, and mix Matcha until it’s frothy. Fill up the glass with milk or water.
You can also use Matcha powder as a natural food colorant and use it for cooking, baking, and creating exciting mocktails and cocktails to impress your guests.
So try some Matcha Latte on your next girls’ night out or simply switch to it to discover a healthier version of your favorite beverage but with a twist in the taste.