The first time I tried matcha was at the Kaetsu Centre in Cambridge. Every year they host Japan Day where anyone can go to learn more about the culture and have fun. I attended the Japanese tea ceremony last year and finally had the chance to try matcha tea. I loved it and it was the start of my journey into the world of matcha.
Ever since Japan Day I’ve been ordering matcha whenever I could. I enjoy it as both warm and cold lattes and of course, I really like it within baked goods. You know if your matcha hasn’t been made well if it’s too bitter.
I’d never tried making my matcha drinks or treats at home but had often thought about it. It’s good for your skin, helps to energise you and is full of antioxidants. I knew I needed to make it part of my daily routine, I just wasn’t sure where to start. So, when Mighty Matcha dropped me a message the other month and asked if I’d like to try their 100% organic matcha I of course said yes.
I thought I’d document my first time making a matcha iced latte and share it with you. Here’s what you’ll need:
Mighty Matcha tea – 1 teaspoon
Ice – a few hunks
Almond milk – fill your glass
Honey/sugar – to taste
After a little research I learned that I should sieve the matcha powder to make sure it was as fine as possible. I did this with my baking sieve, I think you can get more appropriately sized ones for matcha though.
I then poured a little hot water into the powder and gave it a good mix. This makes a paste and helps to get rid of any powder lumps.
It was then time to pour the matcha into the milk and ice and give it a good stir. If you’re making a hot latte it would be good to use a frother or aeroccino to really mix the drink. I’ll give this a try tomorrow and report back. Add a little sugar or honey to the drink to give it a slightly sweeter taste.
I really enjoyed my first homemade iced matcha latte but I think I need to invest in the proper tools to make it. The process of making tea is just as important as the tea itself. I’ll continue practicing with my matcha powder this weekend but I’m going to keep my eye out for the little whisk and bowl to really do a good job of it. Do you have them? If so, where would you suggest I get them from. There seems to be a lot of options out on the market.