Matcha, matcha, matcha! It’s all of the rage. It may be from the numerous benefits it provides, the smooth taste it offers or from the spirituality and tranquillity associated with it. Nonetheless, cafes and restaurants around the world are working hard to learn how to make matcha green tea to keep up with the increasing trend.  So what is it that makes matcha so special anyways?

In this post, we’ll take a look at the caffeine levels, the benefits, storing it and how to make matcha green tea – the traditional way. 


Matcha Caffeine

Looking for a caffeine boost? Matcha will give you just that. In terms of caffeinated beverages, matcha has less caffeine than coffee and energy drinks but has slightly more than cola pops. But don’t let that fool you- matcha will give you that burst of energy you’re looking for and what’s better – without the jitters.

According to the Caffeine Informer, the caffeine levels in matcha tea are 35 mg for one teaspoon of matcha powder.

This number may vary slightly depending on the grade of matcha you’re using.  


Matcha Benefits 

Matcha is known for the numerous health benefits it provides. It’s rich in antioxidants, and among the most potent and beneficial is ECG. This antioxidant is essential for immune-boosting benefits which help to prevent and combat disease. It is also packed with high levels of chlorophyll which removes toxins from the body. Matcha is also high in L-Theanine which promotes relaxation without drowsiness and produces Dopamine and Serotonin which enhance mood, improve memory and promote concentration and alertness.

Matcha helps to improve the metabolism and burns calories, making it a key ingredient for weight loss.

If that’s not enough, it provides sufficient quantities of potassium, Vitamin A, and C, Iron, protein and calcium.


Storing Matcha

Storing matcha properly is essential for maximizing the full benefits it provides and for maintaining its freshness. Matcha is more gentle than your traditional loose leaf teas, requiring extra care and attention.  Unopened, matcha will last for up to a year, but after that, it begins to lose its freshness. Matcha powder does not like heat or light, so it’s important to keep it stored in a cool dark place and in a sealed airtight container after opening.  Once it’s been opened, matcha is good for 2-3 months- oxygen will make it slowly degrade.  Keeping it any longer, the matcha will begin to lose its taste, freshness, colour and health benefits.


How to Make Matcha Green Tea 

Like all green teas, Matcha is very delicate. This means it’s important to pay attention to the temperate of water you use to brew it. For matcha the ideal brewing temperature is 80 C- any hotter, the matcha will taste bitter and astringent. This is because hot water shocks the tea and sometimes even burns the leaves, giving it that unpleasant taste.

Let’s go ahead learn how to make matcha green tea. 

What you’ll need:

  • Perfect matcha spoon
  • Bamboo matcha whisk 
  • Samurai Matcha 
  • Matcha bowl
  • Cyprus Mug 

how to make matcha green tea

1) Add one matcha teaspoon of matcha into your bowl.

how to make matcha green tea

2) Using a bamboo matcha whisk, break down any tiny bumps in the powder until it’s smooth.


how to make matcha green tea

3) Heat 8-10 ounces of water to 80 C.

4) Once the water has reached its desired temperature, pour half the amount of water (4 ounces) into the matcha bowl.


how to make matcha green tea


5) Start to whisk immediately using brush-like strokes, creating a froth at the top.


how to make matcha green tea


6) Add the remaining water and continue to whisk until blended (approx. 30 seconds).


how to make matcha green tea


7) Pour matcha into your mug and enjoy!


how to make matcha green tea

Matcha brewing tips:

  • If your matcha isn’t frothing properly, you make not have added enough matcha powder or you have too much water
  • Break up the matcha clumps before adding water to help them dissolve easier


Go ahead and give it a try yourself- you’ll love it so matcha! 

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10 thoughts on “How to Make Matcha Green Tea – Traditional Style

  1. Birkie Mae says:

    Ever since I stopped drinking coffee and switched to matcha (without milk) I have really noticed an improvement in how I feel all day. No caffeine crashes, and my stomach is better too. I think you should try to get in some blended matcha with other herbs for more health and flavor, as an idea.

  2. Selina Li says:

    The health benefits of matcha are well known to tea drinkers. I think the reason Japanese matcha is made in such a way is because its relaxing to take a few minutes to make it in this way and really enjoy the tea being made. So that way matcha has physical and mental benefits too – to help you relax in the way you make the matcha tea and also the physical aspects of the cathecins and flavinoids.

  3. Stuart Weitzman says:

    Matcha is the highest antioxidant food there is.. I add it to a lot of stuff and use it in cooking and baking too for better long term health. Do you think that ceremonial grade or other matchas have higher antiox levels? probably the same I would imagine.

  4. Harry W, says:

    This is a superb piece. Very clear Do you sell the matcha whisks as well ? you should so I could buy the matcha and the whisks both from you. good luck with the water projects and all. commendable.

  5. Vivienne Wood says:

    I found that using boiling water can make matcha a little bitter, so I do a warm brew to get better flavors, then mix the matcha with a little juices and also drink it as is. Good taste and all the goodness. you should try it that way.

  6. Tea drinker says:

    As the Japanese have discovered, its good to be patient and do things traditionally. Your article shows how to make matcha, and you are to be commended for describing it so simply and easily.

  7. Victoria S says:

    Do you sell the matcha whisks? How long does it last? I think I will use the battery milk frother, seems easier to make matcha with it. Though this looks intricate and unique!

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