Matcha is a tea typically made from powdered green tea leaves ground into a fine powder. It is the Japanese word for “powdered tea.” The whole leaf is ground in a stone mill called a “chasen.”
On the other hand, Boba (or bubble) tea (also known as pearl milk tea or boba milk tea) is a Taiwanese drink consisting of black or green tea mixed with fruit flavours such as strawberry, peach, mango, pineapple and tapioca balls. It was invented in Taichung by Lin Hsiu Hui in 1987. When merged into a single recipe, they create a delectable refreshment called matcha boba!
Compared to regular matcha, ceremonial matcha has a richer, deeper shade of green due to the use of young tea leaves with a higher concentration of chlorophyll. Due to its age and increased exposure to sunlight, Matcha used for culinary purposes has a more subdued shade of green.
In this article, we will talk about ceremonial matcha boba. This article will also give you more information about it, its benefits, and how to prepare! Brace yourself, matcha lovers!
Ceremonial Grade Matcha
If you’ve tasted a tea with a subtle sweetness and depth without bitterness, you’ve most likely experienced ceremonial matcha.
This type of matcha is brighter and greener than the matcha of traditional culture. The colour is stunning! Traditionally, matcha is consumed with just water, not with anything else, like milk in a matcha milk tea. It’s delicate and silky.
Camellia Sinensis is the tree from which all matches are derived. Additionally, this plant can be used to make black tea, oolong tea, white tea, green tea, and others. Ceremony-grade matcha is usually gathered from the youngest leaves of the camellia Sinensis plant at the top of the plant. When it comes to harvesting, this matcha grade is generally picked during May for the best matcha powder.
Matcha brands such as Encha and others export their matcha from Kyoto and other areas. You should visit a matcha farm if you have the chance if you ever find yourself in that location. These farms’ care and attention are so rewarding and exciting to witness!
Benefits Of Ceremonial Matcha
Chlorophyll and L-Theanine, an amino acid that enhances focus and concentration, are preserved in a shaded environment. Furthermore, it contains a significant amount of EGCG. In addition to protecting cells from oxidative damage and reducing inflammation, this antioxidant catechin may aid weight loss and have many other benefits. Ceremonial matcha has an excellent texture with a delicate flavour and a rich, smooth texture.
- It enhances energy levels.
- It helps in stimulating the brain.
- Taking it results in better concentration and focus
- It aids in feeling relaxed and comfortable
- It contributes to increased metabolism and fat loss
- Cleansing properties are among the properties of chlorophyll in it.
- It contains antioxidants that reduce inflammation.
Ceremony-grade matcha has very few calories, less than one gram of carbohydrates, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and iron per serving, plus a tiny amount of protein. Culinary grades tend to contain more L-Theanine, EGCG, chlorophyll, and catechins than ceremonial grades.
Consumption And Use Of Ceremonial Grade Matcha
As with many grades of matcha, ceremonial matcha is consumed in small amounts at a time. With this grade of matcha, you consume it without additives, as opposed to other grades like culinary matcha. Since milk and sweeteners will significantly dilute the flavour of ceremonial matcha, it’s not recommended to add these ingredients. As is, it’s lovely!
It has a sweeter flavour profile than other matcha grades and does not have as much bitterness as other matcha grades. Compared to other types of matcha grades, it is excellent to consume straight up.
It is due to the maturity of the part of the Camellia Sinensis plant that produces this mild flavour. The top part of the Camellia Sinensis plant, the younger part of the plant, is usually plucked by matcha farmers. To produce ceremonial matcha grade, the plant must be sourced when it is young.
Making Matcha Boba Tea Using Your Ceremonial Matcha Powder
Getting their hands on this sweet, refreshing bubble tea tends to draw long lines of people for close to an hour. However, there is no need to wait an hour when you can make it yourself in under 30 minutes!
Purchase tapioca starch balls from a local Asian grocer to make this bubble tea recipe using 100% organic matcha powder. Below are the needed ingredients:
- Tapioca pearls, 1/4 cup
- Water, 1 3/4 cups
- Powdered ceremonial grade matcha, 2 grams
- Maple syrup, 20 mL
- Milk, 3/4 cup (in this recipe, oat milk is used!)
In addition, follow these simple but comprehensive steps to be able to make your own homemade ceremonial matcha boba tea:
- Boil 1 3/4 cups of water in a pot. After that, add 1/4 cup of tapioca balls. Let them cook for 15 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently.
- After they are cooked, transfer the tapioca balls to a bowl and let them rest for 15 minutes. Whisk hot water into the froth and let it stand for 5 minutes.
- Fill a glass with tapioca balls. Fill the glass cup with 20 ml maple syrup. Add Oat milk and top with Matcha tea. Enjoy!
Ceremonial matcha is another type of matcha you can enjoy. It is a speciality grade of matcha which you can use to level up your boba experience. There is no need to queue for too long in shops that sell them when you can make it yourself in under 30 minutes! Drinking ceremonial matcha boba is a great way to consume matcha uniquely while at the same time gaining health benefits!