You finally ordered that unusual-sounding drink at your corner coffee shop and fell in love. You decided to try to recreate the magic of matcha at home. With inflation being such a bear, who has the spare cash to outfit their kitchen with new gadgets? Is it worth the hassle of learning how to make matcha tea without a whisk? It is and here’s why.
Matcha comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, which produces green, black and white teas. What makes it unique is the production process. When the leaves begin growing in April, producers shade them for 20 days, decreasing photosynthesis and the associated conversion of the theanine in the leaves to tannins.
In May, harvesters pick the smallest, greenest part of the plant, quickly steaming the leaves to preserve the color and nutrients. This process also stops the enzymatic action that can cause bitterness, keeping the brew slightly sweet. Manufacturers then thoroughly dry the leaves in large cages with blowers, laboriously devein the leaves and grind them into a fine powder.
The powdery consistency is why you generally need a whisk. However, that’s not your only option for making this brew, as you’ll see in a moment.
Why go through the trouble of making matcha without a whisk? This miracle tea has oodles of health benefits — check it out.
You’re far from alone if you gained the dreaded “quarantine 15” and want to shed a few extra pounds before summer hits. Matcha can help. It contains caffeine, which speeds your metabolism, but that isn’t all. The theobromine helps mitigate the effects, giving you energy without the jitters that come with too much coffee.
You found your dream job amid the pandemic chaos, and now you want to rock it. Matcha can help. Why not pick up some matcha instead of a cup of joe on your way into the office?
Green tea contains substances that improve mental clarity and cognitive function while inducing relaxation. Yes, even with the caffeine — remember that magical theobromine? It’s also chock-full of antioxidants your brain needs to function at its peak.
Green tea like matcha contains the polyphenols EGCG, ECG and EC. Additionally, the theaflavins and thearubigins have antioxidant activity. This potent one-two punch scours your body’s cells for damaging free radicals, whisking them away before they can cause DNA damage, leading to cancer.
Heart disease remains the number one killer of men and women worldwide. However, replacing one cup of coffee with matcha could help keep your ticker going strong,
One study of over 40,000 Japanese participants found that those who drank more than five cups of green tea each day had a 26% lower risk of heart attack and stroke. They also reduced their risk of dying from all causes by 16%.
Hmm. Perhaps you should replace every cup of coffee with rich, creamy matcha?
These benefits sound great — but hitting the coffee shop five times a day can leave you penniless. Fortunately, you don’t need complicated equipment to make creamy matcha. Here are three ways to whip up this heavenly brew without a whisk.
Perhaps the easiest way to make matcha without a whisk is to put it in a blender. This easy recipe takes minutes to whip up on sleepy mornings:
Boil the water while adding the other ingredients to a blender. Bring the water to a boil, let it sit for 15 seconds, then carefully add it to the mix. Blend at low speeds until creamy.
Human beings couldn’t always rely on machines to replace their muscle power. If you have a mason jar or a reusable bottle safe for hot liquids, use it to make your brew.
Mix the ingredients above in your container and shake vigorously until creamy. You can get playful with this recipe. For example, try substituting stevia or monk fruit drops for the maple syrup to cut a few calories. Go nutty by using almond or cashew milk instead of coconut.
If you’re a frappe enthusiast, you might have a milk frother. If so, put it to use making matcha! Use a big enough cup to avoid making a mess. It’s best to stir the leaves into your water as it heats, then use your device when adding milk to blend until frothy.
Matcha tastes phenomenal when you get it at the coffee shop and it has oodles of health benefits. Is there any way to recreate the magic at home without fancy equipment?
There is, and the process is worth it. Follow the tips above to make matcha without a whisk and elevate your mornings.