Today we are proud to introduce you to our Sponsor and Guest Contributor, Alissa White, owner of Matcha Source in Los Angeles. Enjoy and happy Friday!
Hello P2P readers. Happy New Year to all and thank you Kristal for inviting me to your world. Matcha is powdered green tea which can be enjoyed as a tea or as an ingredient in lattes, smoothies and recipes. January is a perfect time of year to be introduced to matcha as it is a natural mood enhancer, detoxifying agent and metabolic booster shot. And who couldn’t use all of that and more right after the holidays and in time for a new years’ resolution? Below is an overview of this ancient healthful elixir.
Five Ways Matcha is Awesome:
Unparalled Health Benefits of Matcha
Matcha is renowned for numerous health benefits. It is rich in, antioxidants, Vitamines A,C and E, fiber and chlorophyll. The health benefits of matcha exceed those of other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content. Read more about the health benefits of matcha powdered tea here.
Naturally Mood Enhancing Matcha
Matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind. For this reason, matcha is also known as a mood enhancer. Buddhist monks drank matcha to assist in meditation, as matcha’s amino acids, combined with caffeine, offer a sustained calm alertness over time. Amino acids are also what gives matcha is distinctive taste. They contribute to what is known as the fifth taste, or umami, characterized by a rich creamy mouth feel.
The first question is What Kind of Matcha User Are You? For latte and smoothie drinkers, or anyone blending matcha with other ingredients, choose Cafe Grade Gotcha Matcha. For tea drinkers who prefer hot tea whisked in a bowl (or for drinking in a cup) use tea grade, Morning or Kama. Dakota Kitchen Grade is best for power users, runners or body builders who drink 2+T everyday in a blended shake. To learn more about different grades of tea, including which leaves are used for which blend, read the Matcha 101 page.
I encourage new comers to find their own way, and get to the tea over time. To try different utensils, ratios, and temperatures. Water quality and temperature matters a lot when preparing tea. Water that is too hot will burn the tea and bring out the bitter flavors. Best to use water under a boil.
Brewing- Er… Whisking Matcha
As with other loose leaf teas, matcha is not steeped, strained or brewed. Matcha is prepared by whisking the tea powder in a ceramic bowl using a bamboo whisk. All of the powder is incorporated into the drink and there is no “leftover” to discard. The Preparing Matcha page has a step by step guide – or come into the store for a live demo. But whisking is only one way to go. We sell milk frothers for lattes and martini shakers for iced-tea. Anything that blends/shakes/froths or whisks will do.
Sweetening is a matter of personal taste. Honey and agave work well. Also juices like orange or pear blended in a martini shaker and poured over ice. Delicious. Some almond milks come already sweetened and makes a tasty latte hot or cold. Personally I prefer unsweetened. At the holiday party we did use agave in our matcha-tinis.
Matcha tea works hot, cold, sweet and savory. We sell a wonderful little book with a many simple matcha recipes, called New Tastes in Green Tea. Also we have many recipes on our site. Matcha makes great truffles, even raw vegan chocolate truffles packed with antioxidants and fiber- a great snack. See this pancake recipe from Muffin Tin Mania for Matcha Pancakes.
Matcha For Everyday, Really
In general matcha is awesome simply because it makes you feel good. The number one benefit I hear from my customers online and in the store is the “lift” and “energy” matcha gives them.
“I just wanted to say thanks again for Friday. The demonstration was so cool, and I’m totally hooked on Matcha.” says a recent customer. “I’ve been putting it in my morning protein shakes. I have so much more energy, without being jittery or feeling weird. It’s also curbing my appetite and totally diminishes cravings for sweets. LOVE this stuff.” Lisa D., Los Angeles
And remember, preparing Matcha is as simple as adding water to tea, the rest is interpretation.
Call, write or visit. We’d love to hear from you.
AlissaWhite Matcha Source 8036 West 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90048 310 845 9392 x2
To kickoff the New Year, Matcha Source is offering Pier to Peer Readers a 20% discount off your order for the entire month of January! Just enter the code “P2PCHA” here!
Kristal and Kimberly had the opportunity to meet with Alissa in her beautiful boutique to learn how easy it is to prepare a cup of Matcha. P2P also shot our very first demo video to show our readers just how easy it is to work Matcha into your routine. Move over Matt Lauer, the TODAY show can’t compete with this presentation. Cheers!