Matcha is so fun! Never heard of it? It seems Matcha is everywhere these days. . What is it? Matcha is finely ground green tea.
You can’t go very far on the internet without seeing recipes and all sorts of fun concoctions with matcha. I’ve made matcha cookies and matcha muffins. I’ve had matcha ice cream and matcha cake. With matcha, you are only limited by your own creativity. The sky really is the limit.
I’ve been drinking matcha for a couple years now. What I love is the flavored matchas that are out there. There are a couple companies that excel at flavored matchas. . . which brings me to today’s review. . Coconut Matcha! The name alone makes me say Yum!
Where: 3Leaf Tea
Info: Coconut Matcha– Vegan, Gluten Free Ingredients: Matcha, natural flavors
~The Good. . . The Bad. . .
3Leaf Tea is a company that has been around for a while but I haven’t tried any of their matchas, their hot chocolates, or their loose leaf tea line. When I was on Steepster the other day, they offered to send samples out for reviews. I instantly took them up on their offer. I’ve been really wanting to try them so I was only too eager to agree.
There is no right or wrong way to make matcha. There is a traditional method of making matcha which includes a ceremony style preparation method. There are certain tools to make matcha. But I don’t have these. I’ve found that just a mug and a whisk or frother will work. Others I’ve talked to use a water bottler and vigorously shake the mixture.
I poured the sample into my bowl. The matcha had such a vibrant lovely green color and such a delicious coconut aroma. I added in almond milk and used my IKEA frother and proceeded to whip up the matcha. As I’m whipping this matcha up, I can still smell all the lovely coconut fragrance.
Sorry Jon Snow. I guess I was frothing too vigorously!
Finally my matcha was prepared. The lovely bubbles just made me giddy. I couldn’t wait to try it and I really hoped the coconut flavor that I was smelling would translate into a lovely coconut flavor.
First sip in and yes! Coconut Matcha love is coming from this beverage. This is really good matcha. I love how the coconut is sweet but subtle and not overpowering. The flavoring is distinct and not an artificial coconut flavor either. The matcha is creamy and tastes amazing. I am so happy about this and being a coconut fan, this really tasted good on this hot September eve.
3 Leaf has so many amazing flavors, I can’t wait to try more! I prepared this matcha cold. I would love to try this hot.
Besides the Coconut Matcha, I was also sent a sample of their Orange Hot Chocolate.
I’m excited to try it and see what the twins think of it. We can’t keep hot chocolate in the cupboard during the winter time. The twins drink it with breakfast and at night. I’ve heard nothing but good things about their hot chocolate. I think 3Leaf Tea might become a household name around our house.
~The Geek. . . .
Matcha really isn’t hard to make. I just always seem to make a mess of it. Here are some recommendations on how to make matcha from 3Leaf Tea. And some of the ideas sound quite fun. I am a fan of matcha smoothies. I’ve never tried it in my orange juice before. That could be interesting. . . .
Traditionally, a bamboo whisk, also called a chasen, is the preferred tool to whisk matcha. A chawan, or matcha bowl is also used. If those items are not available, a small metal whisk and a wide bowl or mug to accommodate room for whisking can be used.
Water temperature is important for the matcha to maintain it’s sweet flavor and avoid turning bitter. Water temperatures below 170° F are recommended.
Matcha is stored best in an airtight, light proof container. To maintain maximum freshness, store in refrigerator.
Sifting matcha through a fine mesh strainer before use helps remove clumps and creates a smoother consistency.