Regular size = 40 grams (1.41 ounces), which will make ten 4-ounce servings, or twenty 2-ounce servings, of matcha.
Matcha is perhaps the most misunderstood tea today, with many consumers mistaking things that are colored with matcha – often sweetened – with the actual tea. Matcha is not exactly a pleasure drink – it is a ceremonial beverage that is prepared as part of chanoyu, Japanese tea ceremony, or an invigorating “energy shot” that many enjoy as a healthful source of energy and antioxidants. To make matcha, green tea leaf that has been pulverized into a fine powder is briskly whisked into a small amount of hot water, to create an evenly blended, foamy drink.
This drink is called usucha (薄茶, “thin tea”), and despite its name, it is still quite thick, with complex earthy, vegetal, or seaweed flavors. Usucha is meant to be mildly cleansing and stimulating. A richer, bolder koicha (濃茶, “thick tea”) can be made by doubling the amount of matcha used, but this is generally reserved for only the highest ceremony.
Matcha is often used in baking, for its chocolate-like richness, and bright green color, especially in frosting and muffins – basically, any recipe for a batter or dough. Millions of people also use matcha in fruit smoothies, for its healthful and energizing properties.
Milk, sugar strongly discouraged.
|2 oz. water : 2.0g (½ tsp) matcha
4 oz. water : 4.0g (1 tsp) matcha