This time around I have something I've been seeing a lot of as a growing trend throughout America. Matcha!
Now what is matcha? Matcha, or 抹茶 (fine powder tea) as it's called in Japan, is a finely ground powder of specially processed green tea. There are two different types: ceremonial and culinary grade. The first is called ceremonial-grade matcha only if it's good enough for the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. The culinary grade is used to flavor and dye foods such as soba noodles, green tea ice cream and other goods.
The brand I'm bringing you is Midori Springs Organic Ceremonial Green Tea Powder AKA the good stuff! ;)
As I've said matcha is commonly used to brew hot beverages, baked goods or blended into drinks like juices or smoothies and of course ice cream! Yum! Now I was kind of wary about trying matcha because I've either heard people say "It's so good! I put it in everything!" or "It's so bitter, use only a little!". So least to say, I was curious as to my first impression of this green tea product. So I recorded myself!!! Catch my video below!!
The verdict is in!! I like it! But of course it's hard to take a stranger's word for it. The best way I can help you decide to take that first delicious step is this: Do you like green tea? If yes, then think of match as green tea's buffer cousin, same flavor profile, but much more robust. If you don't like green tea, I encourage you to try it anyway, but start in black tea or in a juice or smoothie and work your way up to hot water and honey.
I've included pics on my prep using Jasmine Green Tea in addition to the matcha (Double the green tea power!) below. Comment with any questions and maybe suggest a recipe I would've never thought to try it in!