How to Brew Matcha

How to prepare organic ceremonial grade matcha

If you haven’t tried a good organic matcha, then you’re missing out on a uniquely smooth and flavorful tea experience. Plus, matcha is high in antioxidants, making it a healthy beverage. Here’s how to make yours at home:

What you’ll need:

Instructions:

  1. Bring water to 160F – 180F. Preheat your matcha bowl by swishing in hot water. Dump this water.
  2. Hold matcha strainer over matcha bowl. Using a matcha spoon, or teaspoon, dispense 1tsp matcha over matcha strainer. Sift the matcha through the strainer to remove clumps.
  3. Pour hot water over matcha in matcha bowl. Whisk vigorously with matcha whisk.
  4. Serve immediately. Swirl finished matcha beverage on occasion to prevent settling. Consider adding milk and sugar if you’re looking for something light and sweet.

How to prepare iced matcha

  1. Prepare matcha using instructions above
  2. Add sweetener, if desired
  3. Add milk to taste
  4. Add ice to chill
  5. Optional: Place in blender for a smoothie texture!
  6. Enjoy!

Advice

More than most teas, you can tell quality by taste. Avoid lower grade matchas, they just don’t taste the same. That’s why we stock a ceremonial grade matcha.

Tips On Using A Tea Snap

How To Use a Tea Snap

A tea snap, or tea tongs, is a tea ball style infuser with a handle that allows you to open and close the mesh tea ball like a pair of tongs.

It looks very easy to use, but if you’re not doing it right, you could be wasting tea.

Tip 1: Don’t use too much tea

If you like a strong cup of tea, don’t cram your tea tong with loose leaf tea—get a bigger infuser instead. Loose leaf tea can double and triple in size when it gets wet. When you cram your tea snap full of tea, it expands and binds up, preventing the inner tea leaves from infusing. By using less tea, you are giving your tea snap breathing room.

Tip 2: Keep the edges clear

If you have stray bits of tea around the edges of your mesh ball, it won’t form a seal when it closes. As a result, loose fragments of tea will seep out. If you have a lot of loose tea in your cup, you can strain it into another cup, or just tough it out. No harm in swallowing stray tea leaves!

Tip 3: Stir your tea

A tea snap has a convenient handle that allows you to stir inside your tea cup. By stirring, you are allowing the tea to infuse better, making a fuller bodied brew.

Tip 4: Save the leaves

Don’t throw your tea leaves out just yet! If it’s an oolong tea, a pu-erh, a green, or a white tea, try making another steeping with the leaves. Just leave the infuser in the water a few minutes longer. You might be surprised at how much flavor is left in those tea leaves!

How To Make Popsicles With Iced Tea

iced tea popsicle recipe

Image courtesy of Jennifer Chait

When the mercury rises, try putting your favorite tea in the freezer to make a healthy and flavorful organic iced tea popsicle.

What you’ll need (makes one dozen):

  • A popsicle mold kit, or dixie cups, popsicle sticks, and aluminum foil.
  • An iced tea brewer, or saucepan and strainer
  • 8 Tbs. organic loose leaf tea
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen fruit
  • 2 cups sugar (optional)
  • 1 Tsp. lemon juice

Instructions

The sky is the limit when you’re making your own popsicles. Use any flavored tea and fresh fruit combination you like. Check out our iced tea category for some ideas.

Step I: Brew Tea

In your iced tea brewer, add 8 TBS loose leaf tea of your choosing. Then add two cups cold water. Let sit overnight. If you’re in a rush, use hot water, and steep for the recommended brewing time.

If you don’t have an iced tea brewer: you’ll need to add the water and tea leaves to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat for five minutes, strain the tea leaves out.

Step 2: Simple Syrup (optional)

For a sweeter popsicle, heat your tea concentrate to a simmer. Add 2 cups of sugar. Stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.

Step 3: Blend Ingredients

In a blender, combine your tea concentrate (sweetened or unsweetened) with fruit and lemon juice. Blend until you reach desired consistency.

Step 4: Pour into molds, Freeze

Pour cooled mixture into molds, following manufacturer instructions. If you’re using dixie cups, top off with mixture. Add foil to top, poke hole in foil, and slide popsicle sticks in.

Freeze for about 8 hours. Serve and enjoy!

How To Make Tea In A French Press

How to make tea in a french press

While most people are familiar with using a French Press for coffee, it’s perfectly suited for brewing tea. In fact, it’s design makes a great mess-free tea brewing experience.

Step 1: Prepare Water

Brew water to the appropriate temperature. Check out our guide for help

Step 2: Add Tea To French Press

Add 1 tsp. loose leaf tea per cup of tea brewed. Pour water over tea leaves.

Step 3: Depress and serve

Push the plunger down. Now your tea is ready to serve.

How To Clean Tools With Tea

Clean Garden Tools With Tea

Image Courtesy of D. Laird, Flickr

Don’t throw out those used tea leaves! Save them for a safe and natural way to remove rust from your tools.

Instructions

  1. Set aside used tea leaves, enough to make a bucket of tea. You’ll need enough tea to cover your tools. You can refrigerate the used leaves if you need a few days to collect enough.
  2. Place the tea leaves right in the bucket. Pour hot water inside the bucket. Make sure the bucket can hold hot water.
  3. Submerge your tools inside the bucket a few hours.
  4. Remove your tools, wipe them clean. Make sure to store them dry