There are a lot of ways to enjoy the health benefits and rich flavour of matcha these days. Some people continue to make it the traditional way that it has been used by tea ceremonies for centuries, others use matcha green tea powder to craft flavourful desserts and savoury dishes, and most recently matcha maniacs have began to enjoy their drink of choice in latte form. However, some days when the sun is at its most powerful and the heat just clings to you, hot drinks aren't very tempting. For those days, why not skip traditional brewing and cold-brew your matcha instead?
How to Cold-Brew Matcha
Unlike cold-brewed coffee that often needs to sit over night or iced matcha that is brewed hot then set over ice, cold-brewed matcha is easy to make and still just as flavourful as its traditionally brewed counterpart.
To make cold-brewed matcha, simply put your desired amount of powder into a bottle of cold water (the colder, the better), seal, and shake. It is that easy. We've even created our own branded blender bottles to give you the perfect matcha, every time. As there is no need to let it steep like regular tea, the flavour is instantaneous. For those who prize tradition, you can make cold-brewed matcha with the Chasen (whisk) as well, but shaking it up in a bottle just makes matcha easier to store and to drink on the go. Those who want their cold-brewed matcha to travel with them should remember that over time it will settle to the bottom of their bottle. Be sure to shake well before drinking.
Does the Taste Vary?
You can always tell the difference between coffee or iced tea made using cold-brewing as opposed to traditional brewing. Is it the same with matcha? The answer is both yes and no. If you are used to enjoying matcha lattes, of course the taste will be different without the added milk, but when compared to regular matcha, there is virtually no difference. The only true difference that matcha connoisseurs find is that cold-brewed matcha is, as expected, more refreshing. It still tastes earthy and just slightly sweet, but the cold water makes it go down a lot more pleasantly on a hot day.
Also, like plain cold water, cold-brewed matcha can benefit from extra ingredients like ginger, lime, or agave added to give it a unique taste.
Australians are already taking full advantage of cold-brewed matcha's refreshing taste, why aren't you? Contact us today so Mista Matcha can introduce you to a whole new world of keeping cool down under.