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Matcha Recipe + Matcha Latte Recipe (Video)

Learn how to make a delicious matcha tea in its traditional way or, take it a step further and transform it into a delicious matcha latte.

How to make matcha tea and matcha latte

It is said that matcha, you either love it, or hate it. In my case it’s pure addiction, whether it’s in its most classic form (only with water), transformed into matcha latte, frappuccinos or in the kitchen: mochi, dorayaki, ice cream, steamed pastries (low in fat!), truffles

Whether you are a matcha lover, want to benefit from its properties or simply want to discover this iconic tea, this recipe is for you.

Find out what type of tea to use and how to prepare a traditional matcha, avoiding bitterness and, if you want to go a step further, learn how to transform it into a matcha latte.

What is matcha?

In Japanese, matcha (抹茶) means “powdered tea”. When you order a tea, typically the leaves are infused in hot water and then discarded. In the case of matcha, the leaves have been finely pulverized and turned into a solution that is “diluted” in water. When you try it for the first time, you will notice that its flavor is strong, rich in umami and with a pleasant flavor that reminds us of fresh grass.

Benefits of Matcha

Matcha has become popular as the ideal substitute for coffee, as it provides the same level of caffeine as coffee.

However, thanks to its l-theanine content, you get a state of alert calm that improves concentration in a state of relaxation without causing drowsiness.

In addition, this tea is rich in antioxidants, protects against cancer, improves metabolism and prevents premature aging – another one please?

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How tochoose a good Matcha?

There are different qualities of matcha tea and these directly affect the taste and bitterness of the tea. These different qualities are known as gradations and it is very important to choose the right one. Otherwise, we can end up with an undrinkable tea.

The Origin of Tea

Paying attention to the origin of the tea is just as important as choosing the right gradation, especially if we are going to drink it in its purest version (only with water).

Matcha Japanese people follow a multitude of processes to preserve the quality and flavor of tea, paying close attention to the growing, harvesting, manufacturing, drying, and grinding of tea leaves (tencha) that are grown in the shade, picked quickly, lightly steamed, and dried naturally to stop the oxidation process.

On the other hand, matcha from China (which produces 80% of the world’s supply) does not adhere to the same level of quality. The tea leaves are not grown in the shade and once picked, they are fried to speed up the drying process and stop oxidation, compromising the true taste and benefits of the tea itself.

Qualities of Matcha Tea

Ceremonial Gradation (Highest Quality)

The highest quality option, ideal for enjoying matcha in its purest version. Its sweetness is accompanied by a higher level of amino acids and nutrients. This is the gradation used in the Japanese tea ceremony. If you’re looking for a matcha tea to drink neat, don’t opt for any other gradation.

Premium Gradation

Made from leaves that were not good enough to be considered ceremonial gradation. Its subtly bluer green is complemented by a subtle hint of bitterness non-existent in ceremonial gradation. This is easily corrected with a pinch of sugar.

This is the option he usually uses to make lattes and for desserts and ice creams where matcha is an essential component (example: matchay truffles, white chocolate or matcha ice cream).

Latte quality

Its inferior quality is revealed by its higher level of bitterness. This gradation is now only suitable for lattes or smoothies loaded with sugar.

Personally, for my matcha latte I always prefer to opt for the premium gradation because of its lower bitterness and, by default, less need to add sweetener.

Quality “Confectionery”

Not recommended for drinks but ideal for baking. The characteristic color of matcha has been replaced by yellowish hints and its flavor includes a higher level of bitter notes.

Do I need a set to prepare it?

Yes and no. I’ll tell you. Yes, if you are looking to enjoy matcha in its purest form (only with water). But only once you’ve tried it and know that it’s really something you like.

Then, buying a set (bowl, spoon and whisk) will help you avoid lumps and get that “foam” so characteristic of a good matcha. Plus, for me, those minutes in which I prepare it in the traditional way, are a small ritual of disconnection, where I simply enjoy the present moment.

On the other hand, if you’re a fan of matcha latte, even if it’s practical to have the set, you can always opt to use a whisk/milk frother.

Finally, I would say no (unless you find it funny for aesthetic reasons) in the case that you have not tried matcha and you do not know if it is something that you are going to implement in your day to day.

Matcha latte con hielo en una taza azul de cerámica, acompañado de una cuchara y un batidor de de bambú y matcha espolvoreada al lado, sobre un fondo negro
Receta Matcha + Receta Matcha Latte
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Aprende a preparar un delicioso té matcha en su forma tradicional o, llévalo un paso más allá y transformarlo en un delicioso matcha latte. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Matcha
Cooking method: Crudo
Servings: 1
Calories: 49kcal
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Ingredients

Para el Matcha Tradicional 

  • 2 g matcha gradación ceremonial, ver nota
  • 70 ml agua

Para el Matcha Latte 

  • 70 ml leche o alternativa vegetal
  • Opcional endulzante miel, azúcar, sirope de arce,…

Instructions

Té Matcha Tradicional 

  • En una taza, añadimos el matcha.
  • Seguidamente, añadimos un poco de agua caliente. Lo ideal es que este a unos 80 ºC para evitar que el matcha nos quede amargo.
  • Removemos hasta que no queden grumos
  • Cuando no queden grumos, añadimos el agua restante y batimos. 

Matcha Latte 

  • Seguimos las instrucciones para el matcha tradicional.
  • Seguidamente, añadimos la leche (caliente o fría) y, opcionalmente, el azúcar.

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Nutrition

Calorias: 49kcal | Carbohidratos: 3g | Proteina: 3g | Grasa: 2g | Grasas saturadas: 1g | Colesterol: 7mg | Sodio: 34mg | Potasio: 92mg | Azúcar: 4g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg
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