I know it hasn’t been long since I last wrote about my new found taste for matcha tea. After trying that last bit, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some more. This matcha tea that I am talking about today is a little bit different though.
This tea from Matcha Organics, is a culinary green tea compared to my previous trial of matcha tea which was ceremonial. The difference between the two, from what I read, isn’t in the quality but in the flavor and in the way that they are used. Ceremonial tea is intended to be whisked together with hot water. Culinary matcha, on the other hand, is intended to be mixed with other ingredients. I never even knew there was a difference until I got this package to try out.
What I like about this compared to the ceremonial kind, is the variety of ways in which you can use it: drinking not being the only way, cause you can actually bake with this stuff as well. You can add it to smoothies, make lattes with it, or even just mix with water to an exercise shaker before working out. (I did use my last matcha this way, but ceremonial really is intended to be mixed with hot water.) There is also a handy e-book that comes with the purchase of this that has plenty of recipes to try. Baking with matcha is on my to do list.
The way I tried mine was in my daily protein smoothie and also as a latte. It had a nice smooth taste in the latte, but I think I would have liked the drink more as a whole had I made it with almond milk instead. I am not a milk drinker, and the matcha didn’t get rid of the milky taste completely.
The smoothie was delicious. The matcha powder was not overpowering at all, in fact with all the other ingredients I really couldn’t taste it. As good as it is for you though, it makes a perfect addition to any healthy drink.
Once again, that fact that this is organic gives it bonus points in my book. Plus, the fact that you only have to use a teaspoonful makes it nice. This package wouldn’t last very long otherwise. I don’t know yet how many I will get out of this bag, but with 4 ounces total I suspect it will last just under a month with daily use. Unless I bake something, and I am seeing some matcha cookies in my future…
Now tell me, anyone else out there tea drinkers? How about tea bakers? Has anyone baked anything strange or unusual with matcha tea – or any tea? I’m curious.
Should you be interested in trying some organic matcha from Matcha Organics yourself, you can find it here.