Those who know me will know how addicted I am to everything matcha. Matcha lattes, matcha desserts, matcha sweets, just everything. It is known to be high in antioxidants with many, many benefits. A cup of matcha tea equates to about 10 cups of green tea.
With Holland and Barrett’s buy one get one a penny sale a while ago, I ended up purchasing two Bloom Matcha tea blends, Ultra Cleanse and Supercharge. Bloom matcha range contains organic Japanese premium ceremonial grade matcha powder along with other superfood ingredients. You can tell it is high quality just by looking at the colour.
Whenever I drink either of the two blends, I always add a drop or two of water to the matcha first, mix it so it’s like a paste then add hot water and mix until frothy. When I say hot water, I mean around 80°C (leave the kettle open for 5 minutes to let it cool a little bit). This prevents the matcha to taste bitter.
Even though Bloom suggested to drink this around midday, I love to drink it in the mornings instead. I have that mentality where it will “cleanse and detox” my body, preparing it for the day, especially if I had a heavy meal the night before. Whether it does or not, I like to think it does and haven’t had any side effect drinking it. Apart from matcha, it also contains yerba mate and milk thistle. I can taste the hint of milk thistle, I think that’s what it is. It’s not overpowering as the matcha comes through beautifully afterwards.
This is the one to swap your coffees with as an alternative. I’ll drink this one in the morning instead of Ultra Cleanse if I need that extra boost for the day. I love to drink it before an intense workout. It gives me that shot of energy and have noticed a difference in my performance. I need to remember to keep this at my work desk. The other super foods mixed with matcha are maca root and guarana. I can’t taste either of the two ingredients, but it doesn’t bother me as long as there’s that matcha taste.
If you don’t like the taste of matcha in hot water, you can add this to your meals. Soups, iced lattes, salads, baking, porridges, anything you can think of. At £16.99, it is more on the expensive side for 30g a tub. I would probably only purchase it when it’s on offer. I need to try out their other blends too.
So green! When people see a dessert that’s this green, the majority would probably be like errr what the heck is that whilst others would be like “ooo, is it green tea/matcha or pistachio?”, or some other green flavours. Don’t let the colour intimidate you.
With the Supercharge matcha, I ended up making some cookies with dark chocolate. I may have winged the measurements of the ingredients (I couldn’t remember my usual recipe) but it didn’t turn out to be a disaster. Tasted pretty good! It definitely could better as I know what needs amending. I need to experiment more, perfecting it first before sharing the recipe to everyone.
Have you tried matcha?
哈喽！Nicol is a China based British blogger with a goal to visit all provinces in China, using this blog to document the good, the bad and the ugly of anything and everything. Currently visited 32/34.