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Traditional Method: Thick Tea (Koicha)

Traditional Method: Thick Tea (Koicha)

July 31, 2016

Servings:

  • Serving size: 2 level tsp or 4 bamboo scoops = about 4 grams (adjust to suit your need)
  • Enjoy 1 serving each morning and 1 serving after lunch. 
  • Ideal with Uji Premium or Uji Reserve Matcha

Health Benefits and Amount per Serving of 2 Grams:

  • Catechins: ~240mg (includes 120mg EGCG), a powerful antioxidant.
  • L-Theanine: ~30mg, a precious amino acid almost unique to matcha. It increases mental calmness and focus across a few hours. Higher in Uji Premium and Uji Reserve.
  • Caffeine: ~60mg ( = ~2/3 of an 8 oz cup of coffee). Improves alertness and energy level.
  • The unique combination of caffeine and theanine may have the effect of making you feel alert and calm at the same time without jitter and sustaining the mental focus without a crash. Studies show its effects on improving mental clarity and cognitive performance. 

Tools Needed:

  • Matcha Bowl (Chawan)
  • Matcha Spoon (Chashaku) or Teaspoon
  • Matcha Whisk (Chasen)
  • Sifter
  • Tea Kettle - Hot Water between 165-175F.  You can boil water and let it sit for 3-5 minutes prior to pouring. 

How to Make Traditional Thick, espresso-like Matcha Green Tea (Koicha):

Step 1: Sift 4 Grams of Matcha in Bowl.  Push matcha gently through the sifter into the cup or bow.

Step 2:  Add about 20 ml of water or 1 oz just enough to saturate the matcha and stir gently.  This helps avoid clumps.  The matcha should be thick.  This helps bring out the umami of the matcha.

Step 3:  Add 2 oz of water and continue to stir until matcha becomes thick and smooth.

Step 4:  Sip and Enjoy.



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