Alissa White ups your healthy quotient with green tea
Matcha, the powdered green tea prized for its pleasantly bitter flavor and healing qualities, isn't often found among the boxes of bagged green and black teas in supermarkets. But Alissa White, owner of the Los Angeles-based online shop Matcha Source, wants to change that.
Unlike steeped teas, matcha is made from ground Japanese tea leaves that dissolve in the water. The powder creates a thicker brew with a distinct herbal flavor, and comes loaded with fiber and antioxidants.
All of White's teas are 100 percent pure matcha, delivered in small batches from a grower in Japan. They vary from the thickest Kama Matcha, a ceremony-grade tea made exclusively for White, to the thinner, beginner-friendly Morning Matcha. In between: the Gotcha Matcha, which makes great smoothies and lattes. (*)
The starter kits on White's website include the bowl for mixing and drinking, a small sifter (like powdered sugar, the powder tends to clump), and a tulip-shaped bamboo whisk for preparation.
There are also plenty of tips for using the powder in recipes: It adds a unique flavor to buttercream frosting that's as good on butternut squash cupcakes (click here to download the recipe) as it is on chocolate cake. Healthy rarely tastes so good.
-- Tasting Table, Los Angeles Edition Tue. 05 Jan '10
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F O U N D E R' S N O T E:
Morning Matcha Classic Thin Grade tea is a ceremony grade tea designed for drinking with water and is a grade above the Cafe Grade Gotcha Matcha.