Matcha is increasingly becoming a favorite in the world of tea for many. As a regular tea drinker, I was hesitant when I first heard about it. If you still don't know what matcha is, I'll give you a little help with that. Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder made from finely powdered dried tea leaves. It has a slightly bitter flavor with a vegetal taste, and due to the chlorophyll levels, it has a vibrant green color.
As I started reading about its many benefits, quickly I became a fan, and now all I can say is, thank you, Carmela Coffee Company, for offering it on your menu. We already know that regular green tea is a source of many antioxidants, but matcha has even more benefits. The reason lies in the fact that other forms of green tea are made by steeping the leaves in hot water and then discarding them. When you make matcha, you whisk the powder into hot water or milk. Matcha tea is one of the only all-natural beverages that can truly be called a super-food because it contains massive quantities of antioxidants, helps boost the immune system, can detox the body, enhances calmness, can lower blood sugar and cholesterol, burns calories, and is rich in vitamins. It also contains healthy doses of fiber and chlorophyll. In every relevant category of nutrition, matcha tea outstrips regular green tea by a large margin; it has about ten times the antioxidants, for vitamin C levels, fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, and protein. Matcha contains more caffeine than regular green tea, and it’s also a much wiser choice for those who seek energy drinks because it delivers a sustained dose of energy over a 36-hour period than all at once.
Isn’t it fantastic that now, when you visit any of the Carmela Coffee locations, you can order your Matcha Latte or Iced Matcha? You may be asking what those drinks are, and I was wondering the same thing. I thought the powder was added when making the coffee, but I was wrong. A Matcha Latte is like ordering a regular latte but using matcha powder instead of coffee and the same thing for Iced Matcha, the same process for an iced coffee but using matcha powder instead. If you are thinking whether the health benefits differ when you drink it cold vs. hot, the good news is they don’t, because you are still ingesting the entire tea leaves whether you prepare the matcha hot or cold; therefore, the health benefits it offers will be the same.
Additionally, matcha tea can be used as an ingredient in bread, candy, beer, liquor drinks, lattes, milkshakes, cookies, and various other foods and beverages. There’s really no limit to what matcha can be used for.
Next time you swing by Carmela Coffee Company, don’t forget to order your Iced Matcha or Matcha Latte. So many reasons to drink this great beverage; not only has it a beautiful vibrant green color and a fantastic flavor but it also has extraordinary benefits.