Matcha Making: Ensuring Your Green Tea Powder is Authentic (and safe)

An ancient beverage made with green tea powder is rapidly making inroads within the coffee community. Called matcha in trendy circles, this new “it” beverage is made by sifting a small amount of specially made green tea powder into a cup and then whisking with hot water. Smaller amounts of water can be used to make stronger matcha shots. The process is similar to what is commonly done with yerba mate, green tea’s South American cousin.

A typical cup of matcha tea is made with one teaspoon of Japanese green tea powder per 4-6 ounces (113-170 grams) of hot water. It contains approximately 70 mg of caffeine per cup, nearly three times the…

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