A health expert’s guide to the ultimate cup of matcha tea
-Mar 19, Hannah Hargrave, Health -
Bye bye regular tea and hello matcha! This ancient Japanese brew is being hailed as a superhero amongst teas. Packed with antioxidants, amino acids and minerals it’s not your average cuppa. We find out why it’s so special and how to make the perfect cup.
Matcha tea is suddenly everywhere at the moment. When Brad Pitt gave GQ magazine his first interview following his painful split from Angelina Jolie gone was his usual talk of wine and beer.
Instead, the star announced with pride that he’d perfected the art of whisking up a health and serenity-boosting frothy matcha.
Health and nutrition expert Karen Cummings-Palmer gives us the lowdown on what it is, why it’s so good for you and how you can make the perfect cup at home.
What does matcha tea taste like?
“If you are already drinking green tea – upgrade to matcha. And if not this is a great time to embrace it,” says Karen. “Matcha is naturally smoother, sweeter and a whole lot prettier than regular green.” If you have already experimented with matcha tea bags but not quite taken to it, perhaps it’s time to give it another go?
What are the benefits of drinking matcha tea?
Not only does it taste good once you’ve mastered the technique, matcha has some fabulous anti-ageing properties. “It has about ten times the antioxidant value of basic green tea,” Karen explains.
“Because you are drinking the whole tea (finely ground young leaves) rather than the infusion it’s a more efficient way of enjoying the benefits and they are many.
“Rich in amino-acids, antioxidants and minerals, matcha gives a slow release boost to energy. And it revs up your metabolism whilst supporting the body’s immunity.
“And because it is so rich in chlorophyll is helps the body’s natural detoxification process. It manages to both lift and calm at the same time so it’s the perfect work day drink.”
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How many cups of matcha tea should I drink a day?
If you’re a coffee addict this could be the perfect healthy switch Karen says. “I suggest a couple of cups a day for overall health benefits and if you are not a fan of hot drinks try adding in a teaspoon to your morning green juice or smoothie instead.”
How do I prepare matcha tea at home?
“This stuff is precious so don’t kill off the goodness with boiling water,” Karen says. “Instead let the kettle cool or set it to 70 degrees if you have the option. Pour a little over half a teaspoon of matcha and whisk or stir vigourously before topping up with water for a delicious frothy cup – enjoy.”
Is there a specific matcha tea you would recommend?
“Not all matcha teas are created equally. My personal favourite is from Matcheaolgist and you can order direct from them online. Their tea is vibrant green and wonderfully sweet.”
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If you don’t like the sound of matcha tea, then you can also find other recipes that use matcha so you don’t miss out on the health benefits. We have seen some delicious variants including matcha cheesecake, shortbread, ice cream and even cake!