I’ve spoken about matcha before and I’m back with more. It took a little getting used to, but it really got under my skin; I can say that for sure. It’s got that green tea earthy bitterness to it. This kind of flavor can be a bit of a shock to the system, especially if you’re new to it. So, I’ve put together a couple of ideas on how to make matcha taste good!
Trust me! In the end, you’ll wake up with that first cup of matcha in mind. The benefits of this drink are undeniably worth pushing through the teething phase for.
Personally, I love it just as it is. I used these techniques when I started introducing it into my routine; they make all the difference.
How do I make my matcha taste better? 5 Ways
Here are a couple of ways to make your matcha taste a little better. Try these out if you’re new to matcha and see which works best for you.
1. Manage your water temperature
Adding boiling water to your matcha tea will likely turn it bitter. Instead, boil your water and then allow it to sit for 2 minutes to cool down a little.
The ideal water temperature to use for matcha is 170 °F.
On the other hand, water that is too cold will give you a pretty weak tea.
2. Add some tasty spices and other ingredients to your matcha
Come to think of it; I still use this trick from time to time. There are a couple of ingredients that go really well with matcha. You can try adding them altogether or just try one out.
Boil your water and add in all or one or two of the following ingredients. Allow them to steep for 2 or 3 minutes, strain them out and use that infused water to make up your tea:
- Peeled and sliced fresh ginger
- Fresh mint leaves
- Cinnamon bark
- Cardamon pods
- Lemon wedges
- Lime wedges
- Dried rose petals
- Black or pink peppercorns
- Chamomile tea
3. Add in other tea leaves
Another tasty little trick is to brew a few other types of tea in the water before making up your matcha. Rooibos tea, chamomile, and fruity or herbal teas can really flavor your tea water nicely.
Your palate will also be used to some of these teas already, so give that favorite blend of yours a go. It may be the perfect partner to matcha.
4. Add in a sweetener
This might be the first idea that came to mind. Add in a teeny tiny (or a lot is totally fine) of your go-to sweetener. I started out with a drop of maple syrup, which really helped me get into my matcha. Whatever you would usually sweeten tea or coffee with, use that!
5. Choose a good quality powder as opposed to a tea bag
Good quality matcha tea tastes way better than lower quality. Your best quality matcha is always in powder form. Matcha in tea bags is often stale. Powdered matcha should ideally be consumed within 2 months once it’s been opened up.
How to make matcha tea?
Here is a little matcha tea recipe. Given the article, I put this together with a novice drinker in mind.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to get together:
- 1 tsp matcha
- ¼ cup of hot water – boiled and then cooled to around 170 °F.
- ½ cup of oat or almond milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup
Here is my method for making your first cup of matcha tea!
Add the matcha tea to a little bowl and whisk in the water slowly. You can use a matcha whisk or any simple kitchen whisk. This step is complete when all the lumps have been broken up. There will also be a foamy layer on top.
Pour in the steaming milk and maple syrup. Whisk this all up together and enjoy!
What can you put in matcha to make it sweeter?
You can use a couple of ingredients to make your matcha tea more palatable. Here are a few ideas:
- Plain old sugar. Be it white or brown, sprinkle away.
- ½ teaspoon of white hot chocolate powder
What flavor goes well with matcha?
Here is a list of the most common and popular pairing partners to matcha:
- White chocolate: aside from the pretty white and green look, white chocolate gives a creamy sweetness to matcha that works really well.
- Hojicha: This smoky umami flavored tea leaves are matcha’s steamed and roasted cousins.
- Lemon and lime: citrus flavors work really well with grassy green matcha powder
- Pineapple and coconut: somehow, these tropical tastes punch in a little summer to matcha tea.
Is it OK to drink matcha every day?
For most people, it’s OK to drink matcha tea every day. It’s best consumed in the morning, due to its caffeine content.
The caffeine in matcha isn’t quite like what you get in coffee. It doesn’t leave you buzzing and overly stimulated. It leaves you feeling awake and focused, but calm.
If you’ve been advised not to drink caffeine, I would check with a healthcare specialist before diving into matcha.
Why do I feel sick after drinking matcha?
So, everyone is different, and everyone’s body reacts differently to certain foods. Keeping that in mind, matcha powder comes in different grades and qualities. The lower-quality powders are often high in very bitter tannins.
Tannins are full of amino acids and are very beneficial to the body overall, but they can take a little getting used to. Some tannins can make you feel queasy as they settle in the stomach.
The higher quality your matcha powder is, the more tolerable the tannins will be. It’s likely that over time, your body will get used to matcha.
How To Make Matcha Tea
- 1 whisk
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1/4 cup hot water – boiled and then cooled to around 170 °F
- 1/2 cup oat or almond milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Add the matcha tea to a little bowl and whisk in the water slowly. You can use a matcha whisk or any simple kitchen whisk. This step is complete when all the lumps have been broken up. There will also be a foamy layer on top.
- Pour in the steaming milk and maple syrup. Whisk this all up together and enjoy!
Wrapping it up!
Matcha is jam-packed with health benefits. It can be super fun to make and build into your morning routine. It can take a little getting used to as the flavor can initially seem a little bitter.
I hope this post has helped you figure out how to make matcha taste good.