hi friends! Thanks for the camera tips, and btw, I’ve loved reading about what your state is known for! It made me want to travel and also made me feel a bit smarter, like I took a mini history class.
Like I told you, I’m partnering with The Republic of Tea and get to try all sorts of yummy teas and fun tea equipment. (Yes, for free. I’m not compensated in any other way and state my own opinions of the products. Full disclosure done.). This month, they sent me matcha tea. It’s not loose leaf or satchel – it’s a powder. Green tea leaves ground into a powder, to be precise. I’ve heard that matcha is really good for you but didn’t know exactly why. I did a little research and learned that matcha is very high in antioxidants (including one antioxidant that is 137x the amount in other types of green teas), can speed metabolism, can improve bad breath, and has superfood properties to held reduce stress, lower cholesterol, boost brain health and fight cancer. Sign me up!
They sent me four flavors of their U-matcha.
- Premium U-Matcha Natural tea contains tender, shade-grown leaves that have been ground to a fine powder creating a rich balance of flavors. This matcha tea is ideal for blending with water for sipping or for cooking.
- Premium U-Matcha Yuzu tea blends fine matcha powder with yuzu for a citrus flavor. This matcha tea makes a bright addition to mixed drinks, spice rubs and sweet desserts.
- Premium U-Matcha Ginger tea blends fine matcha powder with ginger. This matcha tea boasts a spicy kick and wakes up the flavors of miso soups, stir-fry and other savory dishes.
- Premium U-Matcha Roasted Rice tea blends fine matcha powder with roasted rice to create a nutty finish of flavor. This matcha tea provides warm nuances for sweet baked goods, savory dishes, shakes and lattes.
To drink matcha requires a special process. You need a little whisk and 1-2 minutes to prep the tea. Luckily, The Republic of Tea provided me with a whisk and a pretty matcha bowl (thanks guys!). On the weekends, I definitely have 1-2 minutes to spare. During the week, I usually stick with quicker options that just require simple steeping.
To prepare matcha, boil your water and pour a little into the bowl/cup, swirl around and then dump out. This heats your cup. Then, put in 1/2 t. – 1 t. matcha powder. (I did a double batch.)
Pour your very hot (but not boiling) water over the tea and whisk for 1-2 minutes. You’ll get a little foam on top. And if you’re like me, you’ll also make a bit of a mess. I had a hard time not spilling. Whoops.
I loooove this tea. It’s rich and creamy and comforting. I enjoyed it the first time with bacon and blueberry muffins but I also like it just on its own. I also made it into a latte – mixing the powder with 2 T of water and then adding steamed almond milk. Deeelicious.
I’ve heard/read that matcha is a great seasoning for cooking and baking. There is matcha flavored ice cream, salad dressings, and spice rubs. I can’t wait to experiment more! I’ve liked them all the flavors but the rice matcha has a pretty strong earthy flavor so if that’s not your style, you might want to try the others. The ginger and yuzu (citrusy) were pretty mild all around, both from a tea flavor and a ginger/citrus flavor.
And lucky you, The Republic of Tea is offering my readers an free electric matcha frother (ooooh so fancy! electric!) with any order of with any order of U-Matcha Tea from The Republic of Tea with Promo Code #MATCHA8 before March 29, 2013. They also have lots of fun matcha tools…I want the bamboo spoon and all the pretty matcha bowls.
Are you into March Madness? Or is matcha madness more your style? I don’t really get into the games. I might watch one here and there but don’t go out of my way. And I’ve long given up on brackets.