Kenko Green Tea - So matcha goodness in one tiny tin.

Kenko Green Tea - Product review

After my review of Mr Earl, Sam from Kenko Tea kindly sent me a Matcha Tea Set and a packet of cooking matcha, which is better suited to making my smoothies and baking with.

Kenko Tea set
Kenko Tea set

There are so many benefits to drinking and cooking with matcha, you can read about them on the Kenko Tea website but the ones that are important to me are:
  • It's super high in antioxidants
  • I find it gives me more sustained energy than coffee and I don't get the caffeine jitters
  • Green tea is a natural metabolism booster (goodbye winter kilos!)
So, this morning, I ditched my usual green tea bag and peeled open the tin of matcha. I looked at the curved bamboo scoop (or chasaku) with a puzzled look, scratched my head and then remembered the tea making class we took in Japan.

Scooping matcha into my cup using chasaku (bamboo scoop)
One scoop was enough for me but you can add as much as you like
I sifted a scoop of matcha into my cup while I waited for the kettle to boil and cool to approx 80 degrees. With the kettle half full, I waited about 10 minutes for the water to cool.

whisking my matcha using the bamboo whisk from Kenko Tea
I whisked my tea with a little water first before filling up my cup

Pouring about 30mls of hot water in initially, I took the bamboo whisk and frothed that baby up to get rid of all the green lumps. In our tea making class, I remember the teacher telling me to keep whisking until it frothed up; for this, you'll need a good sizer cup or a traditional Japanese tea cup with a curved base.

whisking my matcha using the bamboo whisk from Kenko Tea
I kept whisking until it was frothy and there were no more lumps

After 30 or so seconds, I was done and the bamboo whisk had opened up ready for the next use. I rinsed it off and put it back in the container ready for next time and topped up my cup with hot water.

My finished up of matchs tea using my Kenko Tea Set
Finished!

Feeling pretty excited, I took my first sip of matcha. It's such a delicate flavour, very refined and not at all overwhelming. The bitterness you might've experienced with green tea leaves isn't there, instead there's a fresh, organic flavour of true green tea.

While it takes a few minutes to make, the end result is more than rewarding. My tea set now takes pride of place next to my kettle and the tea bags I used to use are stuffed in the cupboard for the day when my match tin is empty and I've forgotten to reorder.

The tea set Kenko Tea kindly sent me can be found here.



1 comments:

  1. Thanks for the kind words guys (and girls), glad you enjoyed the matcha tea!

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