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How to make Matcha

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
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Welcome back! Today we are exploring (just scratching the surface) of the wonder drink Matcha. In today’s episode we learn what Matcha is, some of it’s benefits and how to make it. I’m glad you have tuned into episode 30 of Erin’s tea, please tell your friends about Erin’s Tea so I can work hard to bring you many more episodes!

ERIN’S TEA SHOW NOTES

  • Water Temperature: 75 degrees, or boil water and let sit for 8 minutes. It’s ground up green tea.
  • You should use a bamboo whisk (Chasen) a Chashaku (the spoon thingy) and a Chawan (a bowl)
  • I heated my bowl up with water and dried it before pouring.
  • You will need two spoonful’s of matcha (I skimped a bit, but being my first time, I had no idea what to expect. I would be more generous next time)
  • Add 60 ml of water, 1/4 cup to the bowl.
  • Stir the water/matcha in an M shape (up and down) for 10-15 seconds and then break bubbles by doing circular motions at the top.
  • High amount of caffeine.
  • Tastes very vegital, but not gross or gritty like I expected.
  • I could see myself drinking this often, and the open can has to go to the fridge.
  • Now all the facts you guys are interested in, Why it’s healthy:
    • 10x the anitoxidants per serving than regular green tea
    • 70x the antioxidants of orange juice
    • 9x the beta carotene of spinach
  • Boosts your metabolic rate by 30-40% with regular consumption–which helps you get rid of FAT.
  • Rich in polyphenol antioxidants and catechins including EGCG, which is said to help protect you against cancer, help prevent cardiovascular disease, help reduce cholesterol in the blood and help slow the aging process and help reduce high blood pressure.

Consider this, 1 gram of matcha contains 1384 antioxidants, compared to spinach that has 27….

The bottom line?  It’s hard to find high quality stuff in North America, and if you do, it’s really pricey. But keep in mind you only need two of the spoons for a drink.

One of the best things about this? You can add it to smoothies, ice cream, yogurt and even Martini’s… Maybe that’s the next video….

 

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  • stef

    175 degrees …NOT 75