Organic Matcha powder by Yamama Masudaen. This is the A-grade - the premium version of three different grades. The tea variety used is the very popular Yabukita tea leaf, which was developed in Shizuoka in 1954 and is known for its umami and taste. It is the most widely used tea variety gro in Japan It offers a vibrant green colour with balanced taste, aroma and astringency. The Masudaen brand has more than 150 years of tea growing and production experience.
Matcha is finely powdered green tea, which is mixed into water, as opposed to sencha, which is steeped and served without the leaves. Matcha requires careful cultivation and preparation techniques, including shade growing, hand picking, de-stemming and de-veining of the leaf, as well as fine grinding.
How to prepare matcha:
- Scoop a small amount (1½ teaspoons) of matcha powder into a tea bowl or wide cup. Ensure it is wide enough to wisk the tea. To remove any clumps of powder, use a sieve to sift it.
- Pour 60ml of boiling water into a separate container to cool it down to 80°C.
- Once cooled, mix the water with the matcha and whisk vigorously using a zig-zag (W-shape) motion for 15 seconds, or until a fine froth has formed and the tea is bright green.
- Drink the matcha straight from the tea bowl or large cup.