Matcha: what is it and how do I drink it?

Matcha photo from Unsplash @rawpixel

photo from Unsplash Rawpixel

By Colleen Colkitt

Matcha is so nutritious and delicious that coffee drinkers aren’t even mad about this 2018 trend that’s sweeping through coffee shops and grocery aisles everywhere. The caffeinated mixture can be used in tea, lattes, smoothies and it can even be found in baked goods and other foods – there’s no wonder it’s becoming so popular!

If you’ve been hearing matcha, matcha, matcha! all the time but haven’t gotten a chance yet to check it out for yourself, we’ll fill you in on what this craze is all about.

What It Is

Matcha photo from Unsplash, Jason Leung

photo from Unsplash Jason Leung

Matcha is a powder made from green tea leaves and packed with tons of antioxidants. It’s easily recognizable in beverages because of its distinctive green color. The word matcha literally means “powdered tea,” although not all powdered tea can be considered matcha.

Infusing components from leaves into hot water makes traditional green tea, and then the leaves are thrown away. But with the matcha that we know and love, the tea leaves are finely ground and made into a solution. The leaves themselves are handpicked and covered in shade before they’re stone ground into powder. At home or in a cafe, the solution is made when mixing a teaspoon (give or take) with a third cup hot water then whisking until it froths.

What It Tastes Like

photo from Instagram @perksbuffalo

photo from Instagram @perksbuffalo

Unsweetened, matcha can taste a little more earthy and natural. Depending on how you make it and what you put it in, matcha can taste bitter at times. With natural sugar added, it can taste more creamy and vegetal.

This unique taste is strong and, kind of like cilantro,  people feel strongly about it. You either love it or hate it.

What It Does

People are saying matcha is a superfood because the health benefits are countless. Matcha is high in antioxidants and loaded with EGCG, which has been shown to boost metabolism and even slow or halt the growth of cancer cells.

It also contains roughly the same amount of caffeine found in a cup of brewed coffee. According to some devoted java lovers, the buzz from matcha is more of an alert calm than the jittery and wired effect from coffee.

What’s Your Matcha Match?

Matcha and smoothie bowl photo from Unsplash, Jannis Brandt

photo from Unsplash Jannis Brandt

You’ve probably heard of matcha in tea or protein smoothies, but there are so many possibilities when you think outside the cup!

  • Season your side dishes
  • Spike your coffee
  • Add to yogurt
  • Mix it into miso
  • Spread on sandwiches
  • Season guacamole
  • Put on eggplant
  • Sprinkle on popcorn
  • Craft cocktails – it pairs well with vodka, gin, whiskey, rum

Find It In Buffalo

Photo from Instagram @publicespresso

Photo from Instagram @publicespresso

With a rise in popularity, matcha can be found in coffee shops and restaurants all over Buffalo. Here are just a few places you can find a cup of this green goodness while you’re out and about:

  • Spot Coffee
  • Matcha Muscle
  • Perks
  • Kornerstone Coffee
  • Tea Leaf Cafe
  • Tuk Tea Company
  • Daily Planet
  • Grateful Grind Coffee
  • Public Espresso + Coffee
  • Caffe Aroma

Tell Us How Much-a You Love Matcha!

Are you in love with this magical green powder? Tell us your favorite way to enjoy matcha in the comments below!

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