Matcha is trendy, not least because it is said to be healthy. But it's not new, as it has been at the heart of Japanese tea culture since it arrived from China in the Middle Ages. We buy our matcha directly from a plantation just outside Kyoto. The taste is strong, with a slight sweetness and very limited bitterness.
Drinking matcha is different from drinking regular green tea, as you are actually drinking the leaves themselves. The color of the cup is bright green, and the taste is chlorophylly green. In addition, matcha contains extra caffeine.
In the last few weeks before harvesting, the bushes are covered, either with a cloth or a simple roof (as in the production of Gyokuro). The leaves are not rolled, but allowed to dry flat after steaming. The leaf vein is removed, and what is left is ground in a stone mill to a fine powder. Since your matcha comes in a tight jar that you can reseal with the screw cap, you can be sure that it will stay fresh for a long time.
Cooking matcha doesn't have to be difficult, but making it really nice is an art.
There are two different types of cooking, thick and thin matcha. There are also different schools and philosophies when it comes to whisking. Here we describe a method for thin matcha which is the common variant at home:
Just be careful not to press the bamboo whisk against the bottom of the bowl, as this can cause the splinters to break off.
The taste of our Dento matcha is very intense. It is produced in Uji outside Kyoto, perhaps Japan's most famous matcha district. Because small leaves are used, it is particularly rich in antioxidants. Dento™ Matcha is not particularly bitter, but rather sweet, with a very long and pleasant aftertaste.
Sometimes in recipes, matcha powder is referred to as "green tea powder", and if you want a simpler variety for cooking, there is also the Gastro Matcha which is a bit more economical.
Order now, and see if it can be something for you.
From the 2023 harvest.
|Ingredients||Ground green tea from Japan|
|Dose||1.75 grams (about 1 tsp) / 75 ml water|
|Water temperature||80 grader|