Do you have any food and drink morning rituals?
I love to start each day with a cup of the prettiest, frothiest, creamiest matcha. Divine, green goodness packed with phytonutrients delivering that signature matcha lift: clear, calm alertness and incredible focus. ✨
If you’re in two minds about matcha, perhaps you’ve not had a great quality one? In the last few months, I've worked my way around the best matchas from a selection of the best UK suppliers. Keep a look out for my personal recommendations, which I'll share in a few days' time.
Tim prescribes 1g to just 35ml water or 2g to 70ml – a teeny tiny matcha shot or a cheeky matcha double. Drinking it THAT concentrated was a total revelation!⚡ So flavourful and, with milk, custardy creamy. 💚👌
I like 2g to 125ml fluid – a tad milder and longer (more to savour), which just happens to perfectly fill my Japanese tea cup. 🙌
Nail technique and I bet you’ll be equally mad for matcha! Here’s how.
🍃 2g/slightly rounded ½ tsp of great quality matcha
🍃 125ml milk/plant mylk of choice (I advise on best choices in the Method below)
🍃 5-10g/heaped teaspoon of coconut butter, e.g. Biona's Coconut Bliss
The coconut butter has a triple purpose:
- First and foremost, for HEALTH – to optimise bioavailability of the matcha's phytonutrient content. To find out more, read
- Secondly, for TEXTURE – it makes the drink luxuriantly rich + creamy and produces a fine foam on top that will last the length of your cuppa
- Thirdly, for TASTE – it lends a mild sweetness. For me, that's entirely optional as top quality matcha has a sweetness all of its own. If you're not fussed with the sweetness, coconut oil or medium chain triglyceride (MCT*) oil are perfectly suitable alternatives. Both will supply the bioavailability and textural benefits, the oil will add a little but not much sweetness, whereas the MCTs will add no sweetness at all.
*Note that all three fat options contain MCTs, they're just much higher in MCT oil. Coconut is natural source of MCTs. A tablespoon of coconut oil contains approximately 1g. MCT oil is produced by isolating the MCT content of coconut oil. It's 100% MCTs, thus a tablespoon (about 15g) contains about 15g of MCTs. As MCTs are shorter in length than long chain triglycerides, they're more easily absorbed by the body, boosting cognitive and physical performance and helpful in certain therapeutic contexts. For example, the bf and I take them to help manage our ME through diet.
There's scope for another whole post on the health benefits of MCTs. I'll return to the subject in due course.
🍃 Choose a great quality matcha – keep an eye out for my personal recommends, which I'll share in a few days.
🍃 Weigh out 2g matcha – use a slightly rounded ½ tsp if you don’t have leccy scales. ⚖
🍃 Sieve the matcha powder into a cup – a matcha sieve handily sits on top (as pictured above), but any superfine sieve will do.
🍃 Measure out 125ml milk of choice – if dairy-free, opt for a subtle, no-frills plant milk, to showcase the matcha. Cashew or almond are both excellent options, both suitably mild and delicate. I love to use my own homemade salted cashew and vanilla mylk (one I teach in my free-from workshops) for added prebiotic gut health action! 👌
🍃 Heat milk to 80C. Yup, be that precise! Too hot and the taste of the tea is lost, plus homemade plant mylks will separate out. I use a cheap and cheerful digital cooking thermometer to keep me right.
🍃 Pour 1-2cm warmed milk into the cup.
🍃 Using a chasen (bamboo matcha whisk), whisk up a storm in a teacup. M-shapes, W-shapes, round and around, till you have a completely smooth paste.
🍃 Pour in the rest of the milk, stir to combine.
🍃 Have as is, or add the coconut butter/coconut oil/MCT oil and whizz in a blender for a few secs to froth. Totally worth the extra washing up!!!
🍃 Return liquid to your cup.
🍃 Sip your way to serenity.
📷 by Brian Hartley of stillmotionarts.