Learn to make matcha green tea, hot or iced from scratch at home without special equipment.
We share instructions, tips in video and text below.
This is part of our Japanese food series which includes authentic healthy recipes such as Miso soup.
We welcomed most recently a Japanese food specialized from Tokyo to the masalaherb.com cultural food experts team!
What is matcha powder?
Matcha powder is made of special ground green tea leaves.
The tea shrubs grow in the shade in Japan and the leaves are processed differently and ground to a fine powder. This is the major difference to regular green tea.
Matcha powder has a huge significance in Japan. Special tea houses prepare ceremonial teas in front of the customer.
The powder is also used in foods such as mochi rice cakes, regular cakes and ice creams.
Quality and Buying Guide
There are 2 major matcha quality differences, premium and cooking grade.
Premium grade is used for the tea ceremony in temples and tea houses.
Cooking grade matcha is better used in foods but it can be an option for tea preparation too if you don’t have a choice.
The quality is reflected in the price.
Cheaper Matcha (cooking grade) can cost about 10 USD/ 10 EUR for 1 ounce/30 grams.
More expensive matcha can cost about 65 USD/ 60 EUR for 1 ounce/30 grams.
The brighter green the color of your matcha powder the better it is! This is an important buying aspect.
The finer is has been ground the better, also the way it was ground makes a difference. Stone-ground is always preferred but hard to get and pricey.
Organic matcha powder is another thing you can look out for when buying matcha powder.
Always buy matcha powder and not teabags.
Good matcha powder is so fine that it dissolves in the liquids and to activate the properties it needs to be shaken well and you can hardly do that with tea bags. Besides, it’s hard to see what they pack in those tea bags.
A good quality test is to shake the tea powder in water, if there is lots of foam it’s a good sign that this is a decent grade of matcha powder.
Here are some decent matcha powder options:
How to make matcha tea easily at home? (hot or iced)
Japanese people usually don’t prepare matcha at home but rather go out for a cup of matcha to a tea house. Preparing green tea at home is more common over there.
But that shouldn’t stop you from preparing matcha tea at home! Especially if you don’t live in japan with a tea house around the corner.
Choose if you want a hot (traditional) cup of matcha green tea or if you want an iced (modern) matcha tea.
We prepare both without special equipment, so you won’t need a traditional bamboo whisk to make this recipe.
You just need an insulated bottle or a protein powder shaker or a bar shaker or simply a bottle with a cap.
Hot matcha green tea
Place matcha powder and warm cooked plain water into your bottle or shaker.
Close the bottle or shaker and shake vigorously for 2 minutes or so.
Pour into a teacup. The matcha tea should be well combined, there should be no sediments and it must be frothy.
The frothy part is important because its a sign of quality and it’s also more presentable that way.
Iced matcha green tea
Place matcha powder, ice cubes, and cold water into your bottle or shaker.
Close the bottle or shaker and shake the same way you did with the hot tea.
Pour into a glass and serve cold. Also, here the powder needs to be well mixed into the liquids but the froth is not a necessity but it’s always a good sign. 🙂
Matcha Tea is great for your well being because of its dietary properties and you can make it help your weight loss.
It contains caffeine and therefore it’s best to take it in in the day.
You can make yourself a cup in the morning hours as this seems to be the most suitable time.
It is not recommended to have matcha tea before you go to sleep because it contains caffeine.
Also the saying: “The dose makes the poison.”, can be applied here. Don’t overdo it, 1-2 cups a day are enough.
Matcha comes from green tea leaves but the leaves grow in the shade and are prepared differently to conventional green tea leaves. That’s the difference.
While coffee can stain your teeth when consumed over a longer period of time, matcha won’t do that to your teeth. So, it’s safe to say that your teeth won’t turn green.
Just like green tea, matcha is stuffed with antioxidants. That means, your cells are regenerated and fixed and you are less prone to get sick.
Shizuoka and Kyoto are known for growing the best matcha green tea in Japan.
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Matcha Green Tea Recipe
Hot Matcha Tea:
- 2 Teaspoon Matcha Powder
- 1 cup Water
Iced Matcha Tea:
- 2 Teaspoon Matcha Powder
- ⅔ cup Water
- 6-8 Ice Cubes
For the hot matcha tea:
- Place matcha powder into bottle.
- Cook water for 2-3 minutes and not more. This is important so to retain nutrients and flavors.
- Pour water into bottle and close with the lid.
- Shake well for 2-3 minutes and pour directly into a tea cup. The more froth it has the better!
For the iced matcha tea:
- Place matcha powder into the bottle.
- Pour water with ice cubes into bottle and close with the lid.
- Shake well for 2-3 minutes and pour into prepared glasses. Serve cold.
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