This post is created in collaboration with Pure Leaf.
Matcha green tea is probably one of my favorite types of tea. Originated from Japan, matcha green tea is the highest quality powdered green tea available. Matcha green tea is made from young leaves picked from the tips of shadegrown Camellia sinensis plants. They are then steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder. It is crucial to store matcha tea powder away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its green color and antioxidant properties. That’s why I love Pure Leaf’s new Home Brewed Matcha Teas so much. Not only do they source their Matcha tea from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ tea estates in Kagoshima, Japan, but they also put the tea powder into sachets, which helps to preserve its highest quality.
There has been a trend of drinking matcha in recent years, which is not a surprise, considering the numerous benefits of matcha tea. It helps to boost energy and create calmness without drowsiness and contains high antioxidants. At Pure Leaf, they have both Pure Leaf Pure Matcha as well as Pure Leaf Matcha with Ginger.
Matcha Bowl (chawan) - a medium-sized ceramic bowl designed to create the smooth, frothy consistency of matcha.
Bamboo Matcha Whisk (chasen) - A small hand whisk made from a bamboo stalk to mix the tea.
Bamboo Ladle (chashaku) - A small bamboo ladle designed with a rounded tip to measure the appropriate quantities of matcha.
How to Prepare Pure Leaf Matcha:
1. Bring water to a boil.
2. Empty matcha from sachet into the matcha bowl, and scoop the rest inside with a bamboo ladle.
3. Pour roughly 2 oz. of boiled water into tea bowl.
4. Whisk vigorously in an M shape using the matcha whisk until matcha becomes smooth and frothy.
5. Add more water if necessary and whisk again.
6. Sip immediately from bowl and enjoy!