The matcha tea has become very popular in the last year both for its taste and the benefits that it bring to our body. It is one of the most popular teas of the east and is used from ancient times in the ceremony Japanese call “cha no Yu”.
Is obtained in a very different way to the rest of the green teas due to its cultivation, harvesting and drying. Weeks prior to the completion of the harvest, the harvesters cover the plants to keep them out of sunlight. This causes that are forced to produce more chlorophyll and, therefore, more amino acids.
After collection, the leaves are dried and ground up with the help of a stone mill to turn them into a very fine powder. This way you consume the whole leaf and not just the extract.
What are the benefits of matcha tea?
Among the most important benefits of matcha tea include:
- Accelerate the metabolism
- Reduce stress
- Improve concentration
- Prevent cancer
- Reduce cellulite
- Lower cholesterol
- Stimulate the weight loss
- Increase energy
Currently, there are many celebrities and personalities from the world of fitness who take matcha tea, as that helps you to lose weight, combat aging, reduce appetite and burn fat.
It is three times more antioxidants than green tea original, therefore it is much more effective. In fact, one glass of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea conventional. This is because, in the first case, when eating, we are taking the whole leaf, which is where the majority of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids.
How to prepare a good matcha tea?
The easiest and fastest way to prepare matcha tea at home is by adding half a teaspoon of this powder to a bowl preheated. Then you’ll need to add about 80ml water (1/3 of the capacity of the bowl) to 90 ° C, just below the boiling point.
For mixing, it is ideal to use the chasen, a sort of bamboo whisk. So you will only have to stir it vigorously for 30 seconds to obtain a mixture of foam on the top. The tea resulting from this mixture is referred to as Usucha.
If you don’t have a chasen at home, you can buy yours through Amazon for about 7€. What is important is that you do not use any instrument of metal, as that alters the flavor and aroma of this tea.
If the taste is too bitter, you can mix it with milk and even sweeten it to your taste. The issue is that you benefit from all its amazing properties.