For years people have been collecting and using tea sets, tea cups and tea pots for their daily (or special) tea ceremony, but Matcha green tea is different then normal tea and requires a special Matcha tea set. In this article I will explain what each piece does, and why you will need them to fully enjoy your Matcha green tea.
The Bamboo whisk is used to stir, mix, and froth the Matcha tea. The whisk is probably the most important element of the Matcha tea set. When I first started drinking Matcha tea I just used a fork, but I found it did not provide enough whisking and produced almost no froth. I read that the Bamboo whisk was the best so I bought it and it certainly did improve the texture and even flavor of the Matcha tea.
The Bamboo whisk will create a more pleasurable texture and consistency by fully incorporating the Matcha tea powder with the hot water. The Bamboo whisk also helps release the full flavor and aroma of the Matcha tea, and when used properly will add a slight froth to the tea that also helps with flavor and aroma.
The bamboo scoop is a simple measuring spoon made from Bamboo, although this can easily be replaced by a teaspoon it is nice for presentation to also have the scoop. I would not purchase one outright as it is easy to find a scoop and bamboo whisk that are sold together.
When mixing the Matcha Green tea powder with the hot water you will need something to mix it in. You could use a traditional bowl or even a cup but what is the fun in that. To get the full experience you can purchase a Matcha bowl. Most bowls are handcrafted in Japan specifically for mixing Matcha tea. You can pick a nice elegant bowl or a more modern sleek bowl.
Matcha Tea Set
You can purchase a Matcha tea set for yourself or as a gift for someone else. If you know someone who is an avid tea drinker this will be the perfect unique gift. If you know someone who is a bit too stressed then they may also enjoy some Matcha tea as I find it really helps me relax. Matcha tea actually has ingredients that help relax the body which is just one of the many Matcha tea benefits.
The traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
In Japan drinking tea was cultivated a long time ago and the ceremonial processes of the monks have been established to this day. To prepare matcha the traditional way you need a chawan (matcha bowl), a chachaku (matcha spoon) and a chasen (matcha whisk).
For a bowl of tea you need about 1.5 grams of matcha. Depending on the desired strength, you can of course vary the amount. You should infuse the powder with 60 to 100 milliliters of soft, 80 degrees warm water. Before you froth the matcha powder, place the chasen in warm water for a few minutes so that its fine lamellas do not break.
The Chasen is ready for use when the slats have raised a little (characteristic curve towards the center of the slats decreases). Then beat the matcha tea with the chasen until frothy. The movements must come from the wrist – from front to back. During this process, the slats should only lightly touch the bottom of the bowl. Finally, lift the chasen a little and use a slow circular motion to remove the remaining bubbles. Guide the bamboo whisk to the center and carefully lift it out of the bowl. Matcha tea is a success if no lumps settle, no bubbles appear, the foam is thick and rich and the tea cannot be seen under the foam.
Matcha Tea Scientifically proven to help people Relax
Over a thousand years ago, matcha came to Japan as an aid to meditation practice. During long hours of sitting, monks would drink matcha to remain alert yet calm. Modern science has recently confirmed the lessons of centuries of tradition. Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation and well-being by acting upon the brain’s functioning. While stress can induce beta waves—an excited, more agitated state—L-Theanine creates alpha waves, which lead to a state of relaxed alertness. And while L-Theanine is common in all tea, matcha may contain up to five times more of this amino acid than common black and green teas. As an additional benefit, L-Theanine may help memory and learning and ability all the while inhibiting any possible side-effects from caffeine, a natural component of green tea. Therefore, a bowl of matcha promotes concentration and clarity of mind without any of the nervous energy found in coffee. Try matcha as a pick-me-up for the afternoon or anytime you need extra focus.
Matcha tea has the highest antioxidant count
I first heard about this type of tea from my sister, she was drinking it for health reasons and I was very interested. I heard that Matcha tea has the highest antioxidant count, more than any other tea or fruit.
From watching the news and other programs and doing some research online I know that antioxidants are great for your body and will help slow or stop cancer. There are many other benefits to anti oxidants, just check out the wikipedia page, and here is one talking about antioxidants and cancer. This is basically a fact sheet about what they help with.
Another benefit of Matcha tea besides the antioxidants is that it actually tastes great. Like most things some people will love it the first time they try it while others will need to develop a taste for it, but it is definitely great to enjoy from time to time and the health benefits are great.
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