The Ultimate Guide to Making Matcha at Home

Making matcha at home 

Hi! Welcome to the guide of making matcha at home! Here, we will help you better understand the beauty of making matcha and matcha lattes in the comfort of your own home and walk you through the entire process step by step, including more information on our matcha and its benefits, different types of matcha, its taste profile, and how to make matcha and/or a matcha latte! Let's make matcha with confidence!
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What is matcha?

In short, matcha is a powder ground from green tea leaves. Our matcha is sourced from a 100-year old farm in Uji, Japan located in the Kyoto prefecture. This region is known for offering the highest grade matcha as it is the oldest and most prominent green tea and matcha producing region in Japan. Our matcha is shade-grown (to produce a higher concentration of chlorophyll), hand-picked (with lots of TLC), and stone-ground at a slow, steady speed to avoid burning of the delicate leaves.

Matcha contains caffeine and is prided for its amino acid called L-Theanine and the antioxidant properties, specifically EGCG. One serving of our matcha is roughly 30g of caffeine. But thanks to L-theanine in Junbi matcha, it helps the body absorb caffeine over several hours so that you may most likely not experience the crash and jitters of caffeinated coffee. Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, is one of the world’s most potent antioxidants that possesses antiviral properties. So rest assured that not only does matcha taste great, it provides countless nutrients.

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What does matcha taste like?

High quality matcha should taste creamy and sweet, a little umami, smooth, mildly bitter, and earthy. The complexity of matcha is gentle on the tongue and should always have a smooth mouthfeel.

What does matcha taste like?

High quality matcha should taste creamy and sweet, a little umami, smooth, mildly bitter, and earthy. The complexity of matcha is gentle on the tongue and should always have a smooth mouthfeel. 

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There are many different types of matcha out on the market.
What are the different types of matcha?
How does it differ from Green tea?

These are all great and valid questions! 

Culinary matcha is a lower grade matcha. It tends to have a duller, more yellow/brown color and is bolder and more bitter in taste. It is most commonly used in cooking and baking.

Junbi Daily Ceremonial Grade Matcha is perfect for everyday consumption. It has a beautiful bright vibrant green color, boosts energy and immunity, increases focus, and aids in digestion.

Reiwa by Junbi is our highest grade, premium matcha, exclusively produced from the first harvest of the season from the softest and youngest buds of the tea plants. Compared to our Daily Ceremonial, Reiwa is creamier, sweeter, more umami, and smoother, which can be enjoyed for a more luxurious experience. We recommend sipping the natural goodness of Reiwa in its purest form. 

You want to make sure to look out for matcha that has added cornstarch, sugar, or even milk powder. Matcha should be one ingredient only, and that is matcha!

Although they come from the same plant, matcha differs from green tea through the process they are grown in. The key difference between matcha powder and green tea leaves is that green tea is grown under sunlight while matcha is shade-grown to produce a higher concentration of chlorophyll. The different cultivation processes result in different taste profiles, nutritional value, preparation method, and even price points.

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Matcha Must-Haves

Matcha bowl (chawan) - our Junbi ceramic matcha bowl has a wide bottom and high walls for plenty of room to whisk matcha. You’ll notice grooves and ridges on the inside which helps the matcha powder from getting stuck to the bottom or sides, allowing more froth to form!
Matcha bamboo whisk (chasen) - our bamboo whisk will help you transform your matcha powder to a delicious cup of tea. The prongs will add more frothiness and airiness to the matcha, creating a topping of rich foam.
Our battery-operated electric whisk is another great alternative. It is convenient and with a click of a button, your matcha will be ready in seconds no matter where you are!
The Bamboo Ladle (chashaku) makes a perfect scoop for our matcha powder. Alternatively, you can use a teaspoon.

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There are several ways to prepare matcha at home. The Japanese tea ceremony is a beautiful ritual where they bring together harmony, tranquility, and respect. During the tea ceremony, they consume matcha in its purest form, straight up with water. 
Hot Straight Up Matcha
Whisk 1 tsp of matcha with 8oz of hot water, not boiling, best at 175F. 
Cold Straight Up Matcha
Whisk 1 tsp of matcha with 12oz cold water. Add ice.
A Cold Matcha Latte
consists of 4 components- matcha, your choice of milk (regular, oat, almond, soy, etc), some type of sweetener like honey, simple syrup, agave..., and ice! This is a basic foundation to start off with but feel free to tweak it to your personal liking! In a cup, add ice up to ¾ of the way up. Whisk 1 tsp of matcha with 2oz of water. To the cup with ice, pour in 8oz of your milk of choice. Add in 1oz of your favorite sweetener, and top it off with the matcha shot.
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