The origin of matcha nearly dates back a millennium to Japan and China. The Tang Dynasty, which ruled China between the 7th and 10th centuries, steamed tea leaves and formed bricks to ease transport and trading processes. These bricks were the result of the pulverization of the leaves into a fine powder that was solidified by water and salt. This method became popular during the reign of the Song Dynasty from the 10th to 13th centuries. However, production was limited, which deemed matcha as a luxurious status symbol.
Now, flash forward to today and the tea’s public image still doesn’t stray far from luxury. Cafés in New York City charge between $6 and $8 for iced matcha lattes, even more if you’d prefer it with a nondairy milk. Regardless, patrons abundantly flock to these shops and taste the unique bittersweetness of the green tea powder. But now, we find matcha in unfamiliar forms.
A Latte with a Twist
The matcha latte, a staple form for matcha consumers, may be served hot or cold with any dairy or nondairy alternative. Enjoy simply by combining the two ingredients or add in extra components for a novel twist.
Contrasting ingredients like maple syrup or honey bring out sweetness in the latte. Or mix the drink with fresh lemon juice to elevate its bitter tang and drastically increase antioxidants.
Impakter’s Eco Marketplace offers an organic honey by Beesweet that is available in its most natural form, the honeycomb. Stir in a few drops of their viscous blend to illuminate sugary flavors and treat your palette.
Besides tea drinks, matcha is an unexpected add-in for various baking recipes like cakes, cookies, and frostings.
Even further, the powder can be featured in ice cream, mouse, or mochi to generate a vibrant sage green color and offset potential oversweetness.
Did you know that even your dessert can be healthy? If you’re looking for a delectable crunch, add Matù’s organic raw cocoa beans to any matcha cookie or muffin recipe. Matù’s products are available on the Eco Marketplace and contain no refined sugars or artificial additives that ensures natural superfood sweetness.
Matcha’s benefits span further than humans. You can ensure a mineral-rich food supplement for your pet too!
The Eco Marketplace offers a matcha product for pets, Vitalmix Supplementary Feed by Napani Petfood. This powder combines ingredients like baobab, barely grass, matcha, and natural vitamins. This supplement will nourish your pet’s food and strengthen their bodies.
So clearly luxe by its perks, matcha green tea is enjoyed throughout the world and now can be consumed by almost everyone.
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