MATCHA + How to order it
WHAT IS MATCHA?
Matcha is the Japanese word for “fine powdered tea.” Matcha is the result of high quality green tea leaves picked and processed to become matcha tea. Unlike traditional teas, which are steeped and discarded at the time of use, matcha leaves are directly consumed to maximize health benefits! The process of making a ceremonial grade matcha consists of mixing lless than boiling water and matcha powder. You whisk them together, preferably with a bamboo whisk, to create a frothy drink that is enjoyed.
Here’s a great article comparing the different grades of matcha: PREMIUM vs CULINARY
ORDERING A MATCHA
Ordering a matcha can seem overwhelming if you don’t know much about it, so let me help!
🍵 Traditional matcha consists of two ingredients: ceremonial grade matcha (this is the highest quality you can get), and 1-2 ounces of hot water! THAT👏🏻IS👏🏻IT. The portion would be a little bigger than an espresso shot. This is the base you want to look for when ordering at any shop- it’s okay to ask what grade matcha they use before ordering (I always do)!
If they have ceremonial matcha, there are a few ways you can order it:
CEREMONIAL TEA: 1-2 ounce pour
HOT LATTE: ceremonial tea + whatever steamed milk you love (my favorite is oat milk)
ICED MATCHA:: ceremonial tea, water, and ice
ICED LATTE W/ MILK: ceremonial tea, water, ice, milk of your choice
Sometimes I will sweeten it myself, or add cinnamon, otherwise these are the basics :)
🌸 YOU DON’T WANT matcha if it’s a low quality product (see this article for differences).! It toooootally tastes different. Often, if a cafe carries a lower quality matcha, they mask the flavor with sugar + milk. It doesn't even taste relatively close to what you should be looking for! Save your money :) 🌸
🌴 PSA: STARBUCKS DOES NOT MAKE A REAL MATCHA; this is why so many of you message me saying you hate it + have a bad experience. It should taste floral and earthy.
AMAZING PLACES FOR MATCHA IN San Diego, CA
HOLY MATCHA ; North Park + East Village
HAWTHORN COFFEE North Park
PARAKEET CAFE Little Italy, La Jolla, One Paseo
I hope this helps you understand that Matcha should never be overly complicated. It’s actually a simple drink, with a ton of health benefits! Let me know if you’d like a blog post on why I drink matcha. Good luck friends!
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