The process of preparing a cup of matcha is ritualistic: You scoop a bit of the rich, green powder out with a spoon, sift it through a sieve to remove any clumps, allowing a dusting to gently fall into your bowl. Next, you gently pour in hot—but not quite boiling—water from a tea kettle, before finally whisking your matcha with a delicate wooden whisk.
With its grassy, aromatic flavor, matcha makes a beneficial addition to your daily routine—one that Zen Buddhist monks have used in Japanese tea ceremonies since as far back as the 1100s.
When shopping for matcha, you may encounter two types: ceremonial matcha and culinary matcha. Here’s how to understand the differences in the two types so you can properly use them in a cup of matcha tea, a sweet matcha latte, or even matcha-infused baked goods.
The highest quality matcha available, ceremonial-grade matcha is meant to be enjoyed on its own as a traditional Japanese tea.
To prepare the perfect cup of matcha tea, you’ll need:
How to make perfect matcha:
Culinary-grade matcha is designed to be mixed with other ingredients, making it ideal for baking, adding to smoothies, sprinkling over popcorn, or adding to savory dishes.
There are more ways to enjoy this lively green powder than just in a teacup. Here are some ideas:
Whether you want to make the perfect matcha latte or bake a batch of bright green, matcha-infused cookies, here are our favorite matcha recipes.
Sip your superfoods with this refreshing green brew of coconut milk, vibrant matcha powder, raw honey, and coconut oil.
Snack on these supercharged morsels of Medjool dates, raw almonds, matcha powder, shredded coconut, and raw cashews.
Pair mild soba noodles with fiery tofu nuggets and top it off with a creamy vegan sauce made with matcha powder and raw cashews.
Give this Southern sipper a twist by adding matcha to the simple syrup and mixing with bourbon, fresh mint, tonic, and crushed ice.
What’s not to like about this unique trio of vegan salted caramel sauce, matcha, and almond milk served over ice?
Give regular sugar cookies a gluten-free upgrade with matcha and macadamia nuts.
Go easy on the caffeine and heavy on the antioxidants with this comforting combo of matcha, coconut oil, grass-fed gelatin, coconut milk, and vanilla extract.
Greet the morning with moringa blended with unsweetened hemp milk, dates, matcha powder, chlorella powder, and vanilla extract.
The perfect texture of crispy and chewy, these gluten-free, Paleo-friendly cookies are a breeze to whip up with egg whites, raw honey, coconut chips, and matcha.
No need to fire up the oven — this raw, frozen dessert layers a sweet coconut milk matcha “ice cream” over a crust of raw almonds, coconut oil, raw honey, and sea salt.
Our take on this Japanese favorite dips grissini, or pretzel sticks, into matcha white chocolate and drizzles dark chocolate over the top for a crunchy snack.
For breakfast or dessert, this make-ahead recipe offers equal parts superfoods and sweetness.
This non-dairy treat shakes up a vibrant mix of matcha, maca powder, and bright lemon zest.
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