Matcha

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In addition to my new lemon water ritual, I’ve started drinking matcha tea, which has some pretty amazing health benefits. I was apprehensive to to try it, because when I drink regular green tea, I prefer it to be flavored with something else, like ginger and honey. But because it’s so good for you, I really wanted to try matcha.

The proper tea-to-water ratio is about 1 teaspoon of matcha to 2 1/2 ounces of hot water. I started with the recommended amount for newbies: 1/4 teaspoon of tea, and I used a full 3 ounces of water. I was surprised by how much I liked it, and within a few days I increased the tea to 1/2 teaspoon to 3 ounces of water. I like that ratio, and I’m not sure when or if I’ll increase to the full teaspoon.

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There are several grades of matcha, from the finest of ceremonial grades, which can cost more than $60 for 20 grams (yikes), to much more affordable grades that can be used for making smoothies and lattes. I’ve been drinking a “teahouse” grade, which costs around $17 for 20 grams at Whole Foods. Twenty grams will normally yield 10 bowls of matcha, but I get 20 bowls out of it.

The health benefits are the same for all grades.

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I’ve been enjoying the very Zen ritual of making matcha, and I’m looking forward to exploring more kinds of tea, especially loose teas. If you have any recommendations (preferably organic), please leave a comment or drop me a line.

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