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How to make a Coconut Matcha Latte

Sam Boggis_rolfe

Coconut Matcha Latte

Coconut Matcha Latte

The combination of intense, savoury Matcha with sweet, creamy coconut milk has become a bestseller at our London Tea Bar and a popular, jitter and dairy-free alternative to your morning coffee fix. 

Here's how we make ours. 

What you need

 

Method for making Coconut Matcha Latte

  • Sieve your matcha powder into a wide bowl or Matcha bowl (Chawan)

  • Add the hot water (if you don't have a temperature controlled kettle, to get 60 degree water simply let the kettle sit for 5 minutes with the lid open after boiling or mix with cold water at a 1:4 cold to boiling ratio)

  • Use a whisk to make a smooth, green paste, making sure to get rid of any lumps. 

  • Pour the matcha shot into the base of your glass or mug

  • Heat the coconut milk (in the shop we use a steam wand to get a smooth, creamy foam but heating it in a pan until it just starts to simmer will work just fine).

  • Finally slowly pour the milk through the matcha shot

  • Enjoy!


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How to make Matcha

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Ceremonial Grade Matcha, Bamboo Whisk + Bamboo Scoop

Ceremonial Grade Matcha, Bamboo Whisk + Bamboo Scoop

Enjoying Matcha straight up, in the traditional style, is surely the most satisfying (not to mention healthy) way to enjoy this much-loved green tea. In Japan, the preparation of Matcha is accompanied by a ceremony that has been a part of Japanese culture for centuries - a ritual that is as much about the grace and beauty of each movement as it is about the drink. We might not have time for the full ceremony, but we can still make Matcha part of our everyday routine with this quick, easy to follow method. 

Take a moment, follow each step and observe the movements involved in each one. Then sit back and enjoy both the heady aroma and fresh flavour of this extraordinary green tea. 

Ingredients

Method for making Matcha

  • Fill the kettle with freshly drawn water, boil and then allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, measure out the Matcha using your bamboo scoop
  • Sift the powder into the base of your bowl
  • Start by adding just a couple of drops of the water (around 10ml)
  • Use your bamboo whisk to mix the water and powder, using gentle, circular movements to prepare a smooth, thick paste. Be sure to get rid of any lumps. 
  • Pour the remaining water over the paste and use your bamboo whisk to whip the Matcha into a creamy froth. Move the whisk very quickly back and forth in an M or W shape, without allowing the whisk to touch the bottom of the bowl. 
  • The result should be a smooth, creamy, vibrant green froth with consistent tiny bubbles. The sign of a good result is when you lift the whisk and the foam sticks to the bristles!
  • Hold the bowl between both hands and lift it to the mouth, inhaling to take in the aroma before sipping the tea. 
  • Enjoy!

Note: for a smooth, creamy cup it is important to use a drinking grade of Matcha. Ours is Ceremonial Grade and is made from the young leaves of the first harvest of the year, giving it its vibrant green colour and delicate sweetness. 

Traditional Matcha

Traditional Matcha


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Everything you need to know about Matcha

Sam Boggis_rolfe

Everything you need to know about Matcha

Gaining an almost cult-like following, particularly in it's recent incarnation as a latte, matcha is not only famed for its numerous health benefits, but is also steeped in tradition. So what's all the fuss about? Here's the lowdown. 

What is Matcha?

Matcha is a fine green tea powder made from whole, ground leaves, distinctive for it's rich flavour and vibrant green colour. The young leaves of the first harvest of the year are shaded for 3-4 weeks before they're picked to bring out sweetness in the resulting cup. Once harvested, the leaves are then dried and gently sifted to separate out the stems from the leaf. The remaining leaf is then ground into a fine powder using a stone or ball mill.  

The centrepiece of a Japanese tea ceremony, matcha is traditionally prepared using a bamboo whisk and then drunk from a 'chawan' or tea bowl, allowing you to sip the tea while also taking in its fresh aroma. The fine green powder is dissolved in hot water to produce an intense green tea. That means that unlike with other teas where you discard the leaf and consume just the liquor, with matcha you are consuming both - hence the increased health benefits.

What does Matcha taste like?

Matcha has long been a go-to for discerning green tea drinkers, but it has recently gained new followers thanks to an increased awareness around its many health benefits.  Drunk traditional style with just hot water, good matcha should be smooth and creamy, striking a perfect balance between sweet and savoury. If you're already a green tea lover then you'll love the intensity and heady aromas of matcha. If, however, the vegetal flavours of a green tea aren't your thing, you might prefer to blend your matcha into a smoothie for an extra energy boost or combine with milk as a creamy latte. 

However you choose to drink it, swapping your coffee for a matcha in the morning will give you the caffeine you need to stay alert, but without the coffee jitters and with a bundle of anti-oxidants thrown in too!

What are the health benefits of Matcha?

The health benefits of green tea are not a new discovery - green tea has been used as a remedy for stress for hundreds of years in Japan and China. More recently it has been linked to everything from fighting disease and anti-ageing to weight loss and even improved memory. This is all thanks to both rich levels of catechins, powerful antioxidants that detoxify the cell-damaging free radicals in the body, and the presence of L-theanine, a natural amino-acid which is known to slow down the release of caffeine into the blood and promote a feeling of 'calm alertness'. This powerful combination found in all green teas can boost mood, cognitive function, memory and alertness. And because with matcha you are consuming the whole leaf vs just the infusion, matcha packs an even more powerful health punch than a normal green tea. 

How to enjoy matcha

Thanks to its bright green colour you can spot matcha as an ingredient from a mile off. In the next couple of weeks we'll be sharing some of our favourite ways to enjoy it....


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