Last year I came across the Japanese Tea Ceremony and it was fascinating, and I am eager to learn everything about it. Japanese culture is something that has always interest me. I am currently studying the tea ceremony and Japanese aesthetics in my free time. Rather than keeping everything to myself, I think it will be best if I write about it (despite I know very little). I have another post coming up focusing on teaism, but in this one I'll only talk about my first experience with matcha green tea.
What is matcha?
It is a special type of finely powdered green tea made from tea leaves shaded from the sun in the last stages of their growth, thus increasing the chlorophyll content and green color. It contains up to 15 times more nutrients than loose leaf green tea. It is said that one cup of matcha green tea is equivalent to 10 cups of usual green tea.
It has a gorgeously vibrant green color, it is extremely fine and silky. It smells slightly like grass, it has a strong vegetal taste mixed with a sweet after-taste. It is great.
It has a lot of health benefits like:
- It contains tons of antioxidants.
- Rich in fiber and vitamins
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Improve focus
- Calm the mind
What matters to me is the teamind, whereby there's a sense of focus and concentration while tasting tea, where you are aware of the beauty around. The spiritual purpose of me drinking matcha tea is to focus on my body, mind and spirit in that instant of drinking a cup of matcha. It is something I am working on.
I got my first matcha green tea from Amazon, I was a bit reluctant at first cause I don't know anyone who had matcha before, I didn't know which one to get. So, I got this orgranic matcha premium grade from Kenko. So far, I am thrilled by this whole experience of preparing the tea.
The essentials to prepare matcha. From left to right: Chashaku (tea scoop), Chawan (bowl) and Chasen (tea whisk) which is the most important one. It is recommended to get one if you want to make good matcha. And, you also need a sifter, you have to sift the powder before brewing to prevent clumps from forming. And of course, boiling water, not 100 degrees, slightly less or else your matcha will taste bitter. Burnt matcha is not good.
I personally like it with only water, I don't like to add anything else. When whisked properly, you'll get a nice froth at the top. I really like this whole process.