If you have been on the wellness side of the internet in recent years, you have likely heard of matcha. With its delicious taste and ample health benefits, this bright green beverage has stolen the hearts of tea and coffee lovers alike. Here are five things you might not know about your new favorite drink.
1. Matcha contains more caffeine than other green teas.
Swapping your morning coffee with matcha doesn’t mean you have to kiss caffeine goodbye. One serving of matcha contains 38 to 176 mg of caffeine, whereas green tea only contains 20 to 90 mg. So while matcha has less caffeine than coffee, it still has enough to keep you focused throughout the day without causing jitters or afternoon crashes.
2. Matcha can be added to almost anything.
Matcha is a powder, which means you can add it to virtually any recipe. However, its unique earthy taste makes it an especially perfect addition to smoothies and desserts. If you’re looking for inspiration to mix things up in the kitchen, consider trying our Matcha White Chocolate Cookies or Matcha Smoothie Bowl recipes. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love an excuse to sneak matcha into every meal. Just be aware that when cooking with matcha, less is more. Too much matcha in a recipe can result in a bitter taste.
3. Matcha can be prepared hot or cold.
What’s great about matcha is its versatility. Not only can matcha be added to any recipe, but it can be prepared hot or cold. Wondering which way is best for you? Matcha tends to have a mellower taste the colder it is. When hot, it has a nutty and slightly bitter taste. Regardless of which preparation you choose, matcha is a beverage you can enjoy year-round.
4. You can tell a lot about a matcha’s quality by its hue.
The color of matcha powder can be a window into its quality. If your matcha powder is high quality, it will be bright green or bluish-green in color. Dull green, brownish green, or yellowish green are all signs that the matcha powder is bad. Knowing this can help you determine if your matcha powder is great quality (a.k.a, the quality you deserve).
5. The best way to make matcha is by whisking it.If you are wondering if you really need to whisk your matcha, the answer is yes. Whisking your matcha powder is an essential part of its preparation. First, it breaks up the matcha powder to create a creamy, froth-like texture. It also provides a ceremonial practice that promotes mindfulness.
Are you on the hunt for a whisk to enhance your matcha experience? Ceremony Matcha’s Bamboo Matcha Whisk might just be the answer to your prayers.
With its endless benefits, matcha just might be your new morning coffee. Not convinced? Consider reading our [Why Matcha is Better Than Coffee] and [Why Matcha is Good For You.]