I always liked matcha, but it is bitter, and not something I would normally pick from the coffee menu in a café. However, summer 2015 I visited Japan and discovered that in all the fancy coffee shops like STARBUCKS they serve matcha latte. I always found the ice-coffee in Japan delicious, so I picked the iced matcha latte. That was simply amazing. I cannot find the proper words, to describe it . Japanese food has a particular good taste, ..which most Japanese are very conscious about, they call it umami. The iced matcha latte was like a concentrate of this heavenly Japanese taste.
Back in Denmark I make my own raw food version of it using almond milk:
1 teaspoon matcha powder, 2 dl almond milk, 1 teaspoon of marble syrup (optional) and ice.
Matcha powder needs some mixing in order to dissolve. I use a glass to see if the matcha dissolves and I don’t add the marble syrup and the ice until the matcha powder is fully dissolved. Undissolved matcha can be seen as dark green spots in the liquid and they are bitter. For the almond milk I use:
1 dl almond and 0.5 l water.
Mix water and almonds in a blender. The longer the better but normally 2 min will do. Then filter the milk with a peace of wet cloth. This is a little troublesome and I needed some practice before I got the grip of it. The milk stay fine in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days.
I told about the iced matcha latte to a colleague of mine that was going to Japan. She came back with a large smile on her face. She thanked me for the tip and gave me a sample of matcha powder, which she found at STARBUCKS. That particular matcha is very good. Now I just hope that one day STARBUCKS will start selling both their iced matcha latte and the powder in Denmark.
Matcha is the kind of tea that is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. The green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest and only the leaves are used in the production. Further, the leaves are dried in the shadow before being processed. See also Wikipidia on matcha.
If you happen to live at the country side it may be difficult to find matcha in your local store, but many variations are available on amazom.com.