If you’ve never had Matcha, you probably wonder what it tastes like. Everyone who has tried it has their idea of what Matcha tastes like. It’s a delicate balance of bitter and sweet. Some people like it straight, while others mix it with honey or cream.
But what does Matcha taste like? Does it taste like the green stuff in your morning smoothie? Does it taste like grass? Are those the same thing? Do you drink the whole thing after mixing it with water and then chugging the rest of your drink?
What Is Matcha?
Matcha is a vibrant green tea powder that originates from the same plant as traditional green teas but undergoes a different processing method. It is derived from the finely ground leaf buds and shoots of the Camellia sinensis plant, which grows in shaded mountainous regions. The leaves are steamed and then dried, resulting in a caffeine-free beverage with fewer calories than regular green tea.
Although Matcha has been consumed in Japan since at least the 17th century, Japanese immigrants who settled in California only introduced it to Western culture during World War II. Numerous companies offer various matcha products, including powders, capsules, pills, and beverages!
You may have heard about the health advantages of drinking matcha tea, but what does that mean? Here are some critical points about matcha tea:
- It is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols that combat free radicals and potentially help prevent cancer.
- Matcha can enhance metabolism and aid in faster fat burning.
- It provides an energy boost and improves mental alertness.
- Consumption of Matcha may lead to lower cholesterol levels.
- Evidence suggests that Matcha might reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
- One of its main selling points lies in its healthful antioxidants known as catechins. These compounds are believed to safeguard against specific types of cancer by inhibiting cell growth.
What does Matcha taste like?
Ceremonial Matcha Organic Green Tea offers a complex flavor profile with gentle vegetal and grassy notes, natural sweetness, a hint of bitterness, and a delightful savory finish.
The pleasant savory taste of umami adds an irresistible element to drinking Matcha. Umami is a Japanese term that describes the fifth flavor, following sweet, bitter, sour, and salty. It brings a savory deliciousness that enhances and deepens the overall flavor.
Describing the taste of Matcha can vary from person to person. Some may taste it earthy, while others struggle to put its unique flavor into words.
If you’ve heard that Matcha is too bitter, it’s important to note that various factors contribute to its taste. Today, we’ll explore tips for making the best Matcha and achieving a smooth and delicious tea beverage.
Texture and Consistency:
Prepared matcha tea has a bubbly and smooth mouthfeel. In contrast, plain organic green tea is light and clear. The difference is that when you drink Matcha, you consume 100% of the finely ground tea leaves suspended in a liquid. On the other hand, with plain green tea, you steep the leaves in water but discard them before drinking.
Factors Affecting Taste:
1. Type of Water:
Fresh spring water is preferred as it brings out the subtle flavors of Matcha due to its pH level (acidity measurement) and mineral content. Filtered water is also a good option. Avoid using healthy or hard water, which can leave an unpleasant aftertaste.
2. Water Temperature:
Maintain the water temperature at a maximum of 175 degrees F (80 degrees C). If you don’t have a kettle with a temperature setting, boil the water and let it cool for a while before using it. Using boiling water directly can lead to a bitter taste in Matcha.
3. Matcha to Water Ratio:
- Usucha (thinner matcha tea): Use 1 teaspoon of organic matcha powder for every 70 milliliters (¼ cup + 2 teaspoons) of water. This creates a light, flavorful, and smooth tea. If you prefer an even lighter taste, add more water according to your preference.
- Koicha (thicker, rich Matcha): Generally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Mix 2 teaspoons (4 grams) of Matcha with 40 milliliters (2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons) of hot water. This results in a rich matcha flavor and a creamy mouthfeel.
The organic matcha tea collection comes from Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. To fully enjoy the deliciousness of Matcha, it is recommended to use premium matcha from Japan.
5. Matcha Grades:
- Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha: The highest grade with a pure flavor profile. It offers natural sweetness, vegetal, grassy notes, and a smooth and creamy finish.
- Culinary Grade Matcha Organic Green Tea is boldly flavored, making it ideal for lattes and baking where the grassy notes of Matcha can shine through.
6. Organic vs. Non-Organic:
Drinking organic tea ensures that you avoid potential alterations in taste caused by pesticides or other chemicals. All teas are certified organic. Since Matcha involves consuming the whole stone ground tea leaf, opting for 100% organic becomes even more critical.
Adding a small amount of sugar or an alternative sweetener can help mitigate the bitterness for those new to Matcha. However, many long-time matcha drinkers enjoy it without any added sweeteners.
We hope these insights enhance your understanding and enjoyment of matcha tea.
When to Use Each Type
Matcha offers a surprisingly versatile range of uses. Before we explore the various preparation methods, let’s discuss which grade of Matcha is suitable for each.
Ceremonial Matcha Organic Green Tea is ideal for making delicious, plain brewed matcha tea. Whether enjoyed hot or iced, this ceremonial Matcha guarantees satisfaction. It is also perfect for traditional Japanese Matcha Tea Ceremonies. Additionally, you can use this ceremonial-grade Matcha in smoothies and lattes.
Suppose you’re seeking a more affordable and convenient option. In that case, culinary-grade premixed matches, such as Blueberry Matcha Organic Green Tea, are perfect for adding smoothies, baked goods, desserts, and many other recipes. All flavored matches are Fair Trade Certified as well. The culinary grade blends a bolder matcha taste that effectively complements other flavors in your recipes.
Blends for Every Occasion
Discover the wide range of Organic Matcha Tea blends we offer! Have fun exploring these exciting flavors:
- Organic Matcha Latte
- Mango Peach
- Emperor’s Finest Berry
- Cinnamon Swirl
- Culinary Grade
How to Use?
This is just the beginning! Explore these delicious recipes that you can easily prepare at home:
- Triple Berry Matcha Smoothie: A fantastic addition to your smoothies.
- Green Tea Tiramisu: A unique twist on the classic dessert.
- Stir it into your morning oatmeal or cereal for an energizing boost.
- Organic Raspberry No-Bake Matcha Balls: A delightful and healthy snack option.
- Add it to pancake batter for a vibrant and flavorful twist on pancakes.
- Sprinkle it on your popcorn for a tasty and nutritious snack.
- Green Tea Ice Cream: Discover the refreshing flavor of Matcha in ice cream form.
- Matcha Nice Cream Recipe: Enjoy guilt-free and creamy ice cream with Matcha.
- Magic Matcha Bars: Savor these delightful bars packed with matcha goodness.
- Matcha Latte Ice Pops: Cool down with these refreshing frozen treats infused with Matcha.
- Matcha Fruit Yogurt: Enhance your yogurt with the vibrant taste of Matcha.
- Add it to salad dressings for a unique flavor profile in your salads.
- Matcha Chocolate Chia Parfait: Treat yourself to a decadent, healthy parfait featuring matcha and chocolate flavors.
- Enjoy a comforting and creamy Matcha Latte.
How to Make a Matcha Latte?
Did you know Matcha, a green tea powder, is suspended in liquid rather than dissolved? Consuming Matcha right after preparation for optimal taste and quality is best. Organic Matcha Latte Green Tea is the perfect option if you’re looking for speed and convenience. It comes premixed with everything you need. Just add hot water, and you’re good to go.
For those who prefer the traditional method, follow the recipe below and adjust the ingredients according to your preference:
- Water – 1 tablespoon
- Matcha – 1 teaspoon (or approximately 1.5 heaping scoops using a bamboo tea scoop)
- ¾ cup of Milk or dairy-free alternative (such as soy milk, almond Milk, or oat milk)
- Sugar or sugar alternative – optional (liquid sweeteners like agave, maple syrup, or honey)
Matcha Set is ideal for tea lovers and includes the following items:
- Bamboo tea scoop (chashaku)
- A tea bowl (Dhawan)
- Tea whisk (chasen)
Additionally, a milk frother or handheld frother works well for creating frothed Milk.
You can prepare a delicious and calming matcha latte, hot or iced.
Instructions – Hot Latte:
- Heat water to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C). If you don’t have a temperature-regulated tea kettle, boil the water and let it sit for a few minutes to lower the temperature.
- Place 1 teaspoon of Matcha (or about 1.5 heaping scoops using a bamboo tea scoop) into the tea bowl/cup. If desired, add your preferred sweetener to the bowl as well.
- Add approximately 1 tablespoon of hot water to the matcha powder and sugar (if using).
- Mix the matcha powder into the liquid using the tea whisk to ensure no lumps. Add more water to the mixture and continue whisking until all lumps are removed. Only then, proceed to add Milk.
- Froth your Milk or milk alternative using a handheld frother or steaming it on the stovetop. Be cautious about boiling the Milk if you enjoy cleaning up a mess.
- Add the warmed and frothed Milk (or non-dairy Milk) to the matcha mixture.
- Enjoy the warm and creamy taste of a matcha latte!
Instructions – Iced Latte:
- Follow steps 1-4 from the hot latte instructions.
- Fill a tall glass with ice and pour in cold Milk.
- Pour the matcha mixture over the Milk and stir well.
- Savor the refreshing coolness and grassy notes of Matcha in an iced latte.