First things first, I have already missed my timeline of 1 post a week. My last post was 10 days ago and to be honest I am a bit devastated but I am trying to be generous with myself.
Today I want to tell you about my current tea obsession. MATCHA.
Matcha is a traditional Japanese green tea that is produced by grinding green tea leaves on a stone mill into a powder. The powder is then whisked into 80 degree water with a traditional matcha whisk. The preparation of matcha is quite meditative and ritualistic and it is something that has become an important part of my day.
The preparation ritual and process uses a few different tools which I will explain for you now. Firstly there is the tea bowl or the Chawan. It is often a hand thrown bowl that the tea is made in and drunk out of. Secondly there is the bamboo tea whisk which is also known as the Chasen. The chasen is used to whisk the tea powder and to disperse it into the water. Next is the tea scoop which is also bamboo and is known as the Chashaku. This is used to scoop the tea into the Chawan. Finally, the tea caddy or the Natsume is the container that the tea is held in. Below is a photo of my tea bowl with some yummy matcha that I made.
Matcha has become increasingly popular over the last few months to a year and that is because of its reported health benefits. I am not a health professional so I can’t say for sure whether matcha does in fact have these benefits, but I can talk from personal experience.Some of the most reported benefits of matcha include;
- Extremely high levels of antioxidants
- Metabolism booster
- Decreases stress and improved mood to help with mental health
- Detoxifies naturally
- Clears and promotes healthy skin
- Supports the immune system
Now this isn’t instantly going to turn you into a superhero but it might be the little boost you need to help you get on your way. It isn’t a quick fix and I certainly don’t drink it for the reported health benefits. I enjoy its unique umami taste, its creaminess and the meditative nature of the preparation.
Below I have included some of my favourite ways to enjoy matcha, but if you are creative you can have matcha in many ways, including incorporating it into your food.
Some of my favourite recipes:
- Iced with mint
- Iced with soy milk also known as a matcha latte (pictured below)
- Warm with rose tea added
I hope you enjoyed today’s Teatime with Jessica and feel free to tell me about your favourite matcha recipe or your current tea obsession!
Signing off with a nice iced matcha in my hand
xx See you next time