Matcha is all the rage these days; with its rich, earthy flavor and all the health benefits that go along with it, who wouldn’t want to get their hands on some. But, if you’re like me, you find yourself on this site looking for a personalized gift for someone who already has everything. Well, you’re in luck! This article will show you how to prepare a DIY matcha gift set.
What Is Matcha?
Matcha is a high-quality green tea granule ground into a fine powder. This variant of green tea drink is made by whisking green tea powder into hot water instead of steeping for a frothy-textured drink. Japanese tea ceremonies are built on the meditative act of preparing, presenting, and drinking matcha. Its origins are ceremonial, but today matcha is famous around the world as a cooking ingredient in beverages like teas lattes and bubble tea and tea lattes and salad dressings.
The Traditional Way Of Preparing Matcha
Matcha green tea is traditionally prepared in a manner that induces calm and concentration, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of the moment.
Depending on the type of matcha used, matcha can be prepared in two different ways.
Step 1: Preparing the equipment
Pour hot water into your tea bowl to pre-heat it. Gently place the bamboo whisk into the water, soaking only the tips. Take the bamboo whisk and water out of the tea bowl after the tea bowl has been heated thoroughly. Pat it dry with a linen cloth.
Step 2: Preparing the tea water
Into a separate bowl, place approximately 70 ml or 2.3 oz of boiling water. Allow it to cool to about 160°F (71°C) to 185°F (85°C).
Step 3: Preparing the matcha powder
While waiting for the water to cool down, take about 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons or 2 grams of usucha matcha powder and place it into a matcha powder sifter. To remove any powder clumps, sift powder into a tea bowl and gently shake and spin powder with a spoon.
Step 4: Preparing the tea
Once the water has cooled, pour it into the tea bowl. Grab the whisk with one hand and hold the tea bowl with the other. Matcha and water should be whisked quickly in an “M” and “W” pattern until the liquid has a thick foam on top with plenty of tiny bubbles.
Once done, pour the tea into a tea bowl or cup and enjoy. It is best to drink matcha tea as soon as it is prepared since the matcha powder tends to settle to the bottom.
Matcha Boba Gift Set Idea
You wouldn’t want to give your friend an instant milk tea powder that often tastes so manufactured. Go all out with your personalised gift by hand-picking premium ingredients for their DIY matcha bubble tea kit. To make the perfect matcha boba gift set, it must contain the following:
- Matcha Powder
- Boba Cup & Straw
Unlike green tea, matcha powder is its more premium twin. Selecting the best matcha powder is essential to enjoy authentic quality matcha. Here are some tips for choosing a high-grade matcha powder:
- Despite its origins in China, matcha was perfected in Japan. If you want a quality Matcha powder, make sure that it is made from a Japanese matcha-growing area. Uji, Kyoto, Aichi, and Nishio are the best producers of matcha. These areas produce 80% of Japan’s Matcha.
- The unique cultivation process gives matcha it is signature bright green colour. Since matcha is always made from shade-grown tea leaves, they produce amino acids, which give it its distinctive flavour. Choose a matcha powder with vibrant green colour.
- Matcha with a good smell and flavour smells fresh and grassy, with a slight sweetness. L-theanine is a crucial component of this flavour. The taste of poor-quality teas is significantly more bitter because they contain fewer L-theanine molecules.
- A finely ground matcha powder will feel almost like dust as if it has been ground from stone. On the other hand, poor-quality Matcha will feel rough and have a sand-like texture. As a result of the coarse tea particles, water will not mix properly with the tea, resulting in a grainy rather than creamy latte.
Traditional matcha whisks, also known as chasen, are handcrafted using bamboo and come in various string counts and thicknesses. Matcha tends to clump when it comes into contact with water, so the whisk is used to coax it into a uniform consistency. The delicate nuances that only beautifully blended matcha with a dollop of foam can be missed if you do not use a whisk in your preparation.
Chasen plays a considerable role in the texture of matcha, so don’t forget to include this on your matcha boba gift set.
A good tapioca pearl should have the ability to absorb flavours, be chewy, and have the right texture. The chewiness of boba will add a layer of texture to their matcha boba tea.
Add-ons: Milk and Sweetener
The matcha powder is flavorful enough, but what is a matcha boba latte without the creamy and sweet taste? Match your high-quality matcha powder with lovely milk and sweetener. Here are some great milk and sweeteners we recommend you to pair with matcha latte:
- Agave Syrup
- Macadamia nut milk
- Maple syrup
- Coconut milk
- Brown Sugar
Boba Cup & Straw
Add a final touch of thoughtfulness to your matcha gift set by adding a cute boba cup and straws for them to enjoy their matcha boba latte even more. If you’re feeling a little extra, you may have the cups printed with their name on them. It would make such a sweet gift.
Now that you know what matcha is, it will be easier for you to create your personalized matcha gift set. This article is your ultimate guide if you’ve wanted to spoil your matcha-lover friends with a personalised matcha gift set.
How about you? What would you put on your personalised matcha boba gift set? Let us know in the comments!