I finally gave into purchasing the Matcha Essentials set ($35) from Davids Tea the other day. Curious as to whether it would elevate both the taste and the experience of having matcha at home. After all hardworking honey bees like us do deserve that and this extended winter really calls for a nice hot creamy tea latte (without the nasty ingredients).
For the past 2 months, I have relied on my Bamix (which I do love for so many reasons) and a regular mini whisk (such a practical alternative) to prepare my matcha tea. No doubt, these two kitchen tools can do the job. Heck, a regular spoon works, too but requires higher levels of patience than I could muster. My only frustrations are the Bamix leaves a steel-like taste on such delicate tea (a shame if you ask me) while the mini whisk and spoon almost always leave me unsuccessful in dissolving every last bit of this expensive powder despite having already sifted it.
The kit comes with a ceramic bowl, measuring spoon, and chasen (which I think makes all the difference). It really does the job in creating that fine froth and keeping the flavors undiluted. So if there is one thing you should really invest in apart from a high-grade match tea like the ceremonial matcha, it’s really the chasen. Harney’s & Sons retails it for $16.95 cheaper than Davids Tea ($20). Teavana has it for just $12.95. Surely, it is more affordable in a Japanese grocery store. I spotted one back in December for just $10. As for the ceremonial matcha tea, my research tells me that the best ones come from Nishio, Japan which sells at around $25 per 50g or higher in New York.
How to Make Matcha Latte (Vegan-Style)
- Ceremonial Matcha Tea (2 tsp)
- Hot water (50 ml)
- Hot almond milk (200 ml)
- Maple syrup (1 tsp) (agave syrup, stevia, muscovado)
- Ceramics bowl
- Chasen (bamboo whisk) (or any regular whisk or spoon)
- Measuring spoon
- Fine mesh strainer for sifting
1. Set all ingredients and tools on your table.
2. Scoop a teaspoon of matcha green tea powder.
3. Sift matcha powder to remove clumps.
4. Make a paste by adding just a little hot water (not boiling).
5. Whisk until smooth by making “W” or “M” motion (not circular).
6. Add hot almond milk and maple syrup.
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If you prefer iced cold matcha tea latte a-la Starbucks, simply add ice cubes. I guarantee you though my version is healthier and more delicious. So what is your favorite tea latte? Do you prefer your tea hot or iced?