Matcha green tea powder tastes exactly like green tea but stronger, so if you don’t like the taste of green tea you most likely won’t like this either! It definitely goes nicer with milk I have found, I am not a fan of drinking it on water unless you really enjoy the taste.
So why so much hype over this powder? Green tea is super high in antioxidants and catechins (in particular EGCg’s), which are required to combat oxidative stress to protect our cells from becoming damaged. These qualities alone have shown to reduce your likelihood of developing cancer cells in the body. The powder can also boost calmness, memory, concentration, energy and endurance due to the caffeine and the amino acid L-Theanine that it is rich in. It will also give your metabolism a boost while detoxifying the body due to the chlorophyll content (hence the bright green colour). The powder is more nutrient dense than the tea due to the different processing.
Matcha green tea powder DOES still contain caffeine, and if you suffer from anxiety, stress or gastrointestinal symptoms, you are still best to reduce/reframe from consuming caffeinated beverages.
How to consume?
It can make quite a nice latte made on preferably nut milk or full cream milk or can go nicely with a shot of espresso added to it. While I do not require any additional sweetener, some people do due to the bitter and strong taste. If this is you try a little stevia, raw honey or birch xylitol to keep it healthier. The Workshop in Rockhampton does a really nice Military Latte (matcha + espresso) and you can choose to have it made on any type of milk you like.
The powder is easily available through health food stores and prices do vary shop to shop.
Have a try and see what you think!