How To Make The Perfect Bulletproof Matcha

bulletproof-matcha

Today we want to shine the light on how bulletproof drinks can transform your mornings!

We’ve probably all suffered from the dreaded Monday morning feeling (some suffer from it every week…eek!), and while we may have the best of intentions – there are the mornings where we just don’t spring out of bed.

That’s why we love a mug of bulletproof matcha. It’s packed full of antioxidants from the blend of matcha green tea with coconut oil, making it the perfect drink to give you that extra boost to start your day.

First things first – what is a bulletproof drink?

Bulletproof drinks are typically made with organic coffee, MCT oil, grass-fed butter and milk of your choice. While not all these ingredients are necessary, MCT oils are the very essence of what makes bulletproof coffee a powerful drink.

MCT oils – otherwise known as medium-chain triglyceride oils – are a type of fat that is commonly found in coconuts or dairy products. They are different to other fats because they are processed in a different way: they go straight from the gut to the liver.

From there, they are used as a source of energy or turned into ketones. Ketones are produced when the liver breaks down a lot of fat, and are used by the brain for energy (instead of glucose or sugar).

This is why MCT oils have been shown to boost cognitive function, energy levels, stamina, endurance and even balance blood sugar levels.

So where can you find MCT oils?

Coconut oil naturally contains roughly 60% MCT oil. It’s often a staple cupboard ingredient – and it tastes delicious  – which is why it’s the perfect component in a morning bulletproof matcha.

Welcome our Delicious Bulletproof Matcha!

Bursting with healthy fats, powerful antioxidants, and heart-protecting properties, we know you’ll welcome this drink with open arms.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Place liquid into a pot and steep over a warm stove for 5 minutes, ensuring you do not boil the drink.
  • Strain, serve and enjoy!

Note: It is important you buy the matcha green tea powder from a high quality source so you receive the full health benefits and also so the flavour is not bitter.  You can buy Zen Green Tea premium, Japanese matcha green tea powder for the best price in Australia here.

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Warming Cinnamon and Matcha Tea with Homemade Cashew Milk

homemade matcha cinnamon tea

Are you searching for a coffee alternative that will boost your energy levels minus the afternoon slump? Our Warming Cinnamon and Matcha Tea will satisfy your taste buds, your sweet tooth and have you bursting with vitality.

We use homemade cashew milk which gives this drink a creamy, wholesome consistency, and it’s surprisingly simple to make. 

Here’s how it’s done!

Ingredients:

For the homemade cashew milk:

  • 100g organic cashews, soaked overnight
  • 750ml of filtered water
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 date 

For the matcha tea:

  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 1 organic cinnamon stick
  • ¼ teaspoon organic cloves (adjust to your liking)
  • 1 teaspoon of organic honey

Instructions:

  1. Start by making the cashew milk. Mix the cashews, filtered water, salt and date in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pass your milk through a milk cloth when decanting into a bottle.
  3. For the matcha tea; Blend 1 cup of the homemade cashew milk with the matcha and honey in a high-speed blender. Mix until well combined.
  4. Pour the matcha milk mix into a pan, and add the cinnamon stick and cloves. Cover and steep on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Strain, and serve in your favourite mug.
  6. Best enjoyed accompanied by a good book and relaxing music.

Note: It is important you buy the matcha green tea powder from a high quality source so you receive the full health benefits and also so the flavour is not bitter.  You can buy Zen Green Tea premium, Japanese matcha green tea powder for the best price in Australia here.

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Turmeric Tea with Raw Honey

Turmeric tea with raw honey

This turmeric tea with raw honey is so much more than just a standard cup of tea. It’s wonderfully warm in colour, perfectly spiced, full of health benefits AND so easy to make with our Turmeric Tea Mix! Plus, the raw honey adds a bit of sweetness, and the cinnamon adds little bit of spice. Delish.

Ingredients

Makes 1 mug

For the tea:

To serve:

  • A slice of lemon

Instructions

  1. Heat the water and shredded ginger in a pan, and bring to the boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Take off the heat, strain the water into a mug and add the turmeric tea mix, and honey. Give it a good whisk.
  3. Pour into a mug.
  4. Serve with a slice of lemon on top.
  5. Enjoy!

Note: This recipe uses Zen Green Tea’s Turmeric Matcha Mix which is a handcrafted blend containing turmeric, green tea powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of black pepper. We recommend using this mix because the ingredients are high quality, and blended with the right balance of black pepper. And black pepper is important as it increases the absorption of turmeric’s antioxidant by up to 2000%.

Turmeric Matcha Latte

Turmeric Matcha Latte

Turmeric Matcha Latte Recipe

Turmeric matcha latte- this recipe makes a beautiful, warming latte that is packed full of antioxidants! Turmeric has been shown to have incredible effects on reducing inflammation and improving mood. Turmeric is even being used in a study to treat depression!

 Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Matcha Tea Mix
  •  1 cup milk of choice (dairy, soy, coconut, almond)
  •  Optional: Sweetener like honey or sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix 1 teaspoon of Turmeric Matcha Tea Mix with a tablespoon of hot water. Stir until all is dissolved.
  2. Heat the milk in the microwave or sauce pan. If you have a blender or a bar mix you can blend the milk to make it frothy.
  3. Pour milk into turmeric matcha paste and stir. Add in sweetener if desired. Dust with cinnamon and enjoy the warming, earthy flavours!

Note: Turmeric (containing antioxidant curcumin) and matcha green tea powder (containing antioxidant eCGC) are both incredible superfoods that help prevent many degenerative diseases. We have handcrafted our Turmeric Matcha Blend because of the way the ingredients work together to deliver the most health benefits. The turmeric increases the bodies ability to absorb antioxidants thus maximising the effect of the matcha green tea. The turmeric, however, also needs to be consumed with a little black pepper to help the body absorb it’s antioxidant.

It is very important that you buy from a high quality source. Our blend serves over 54 cups of Turmeric Matcha tea and can also be used to make Turmeric hot tea or Turmeric Matcha Bliss Balls

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Matcha Green Tea Powder Chai Tea Recipe

matcha green tea powder chai recipe

This matcha green tea powder chai recipe is delicious, fragrant and warming- perfect as the weather cools down.

Serves 2 cups

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons of Zen Green Tea matcha powder
  • 2 regular tea bags-black tea, orange pekoe etc
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon EACH of ground ginger and cardamom
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup date or coconut sugar or honey to taste
  • 2 ½ cups milk

Instructions

1. Add water, spices and tea bags to a saucepan and bring to a boil

2. Boil for 5 minutes. This mixture will darken as it boils. Don’t worry if a tea bag breaks, you’ll be straining this later anyway.

3. Add the sugar or honey. As you make this recipe each time use a little less sweetener and you will get used to the less-sweet taste. Next, add the milk and bring back just to a boil. Be careful it doesn’t boil over. Tip: To keep the chai from boiling over, run a stick of butter around the rim of the pan when it’s hot.

4. In a separate bowl dissolve the matcha powder with a little water and add this to the milk and stir

5. Strain the chai tea into your cup, add a stick of cinnamon to garnish and enjoy!

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How to make your matcha with or without a bamboo whisk

How to make matcha bamboo whisk

We explain the different ways to make your matcha tea with or without a bamboo whisk

There are different ways to prepare your matcha whether you bought a bamboo whisk or the tea on it’s own. The key difference is that the bamboo whisk really assists in mixing the matcha thoroughly to deliver a smoother tea.

Preparing matcha with no bamboo whisk

1. Place 1/4 teaspoon of matcha into a cup and add a splash of hot (not boiling) water

2. Using your spoon mix thoroughly to remove any lumps of matcha – i usually use the sides of the tea cup to assist with this

3. Top up with more hot water for a hot drink or iced water and ice for an iced matcha tea. Enjoy!

Preparing matcha with a bamboo whisk

1. Place 1 level scoop (or 1/4 teaspoon) of matcha into the bottom of a wide tea cup or bowl and break up the powder using the ends of the whisk

2. Add a small dash of hot water (2 table spoons) & whisk thoroughly in a “W” motion for about 5 seconds until the matcha is well mixed.

3. Top up with more hot water for a hot drink or iced water and ice for an iced matcha tea. Enjoy!

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Matcha latte Recipe for Cafe’s

Matcha latte recipe cafe's

How to use matcha quickly and easily in a busy café:

We recommend that before service you make a matcha syrup that can easily form matcha lattes, iced tea’s and smoothie add ins.

Matcha Syrup Recipe

Ratio: The ratio is 1 teaspoon matcha to 3 teaspoons hot water and optional (1 teaspoon honey to every 3 teaspoons of matcha)

Instructions: Before service mix the ratio together in a jug and keep aside

After service cover and refrigerate. Best to make a fresh batch every day.

Quick and Easy Matcha Latte

Step 1: Pour approx. 2 teaspoons of syrup into bottom of the clear glass

Step 2: Froth hot milk (same as that used for coffee)

Step 3:  Pour frothed milk into syrup and serve with honey (if not already added to the syrup).

* Serve with a sprinkle of matcha or cinnamon (optional)

Quick and Easy Iced Matcha Tea

Step 1: Pour approx. 2 teaspoons syrup to an empty glass

Step 2: Fill with water and stir

Step 3:  Add with ice and freshly cut seasonal fruit (we love fresh mint leaves, slices of lemon, sliced strawberries or apples)

Zen Green Tea supplies many hospitality businesses with it’s high quality Japanese matcha in bulk (1 KG bags). Email info@zengreentea.com.au to inquire about wholesale prices.  

 

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How to make a perfect (and easy!) matcha latte

matcha latte

You have probably seen a field of green in your Instagram lately, and some of you       may even have noticed green tea lattes popping up on the menu of your local cafe. For those of you that want to make a matcha latte from home, I wanted to share with you a great and simple recipe.

There are lots of different ways to make a matcha latte depending on what equipment you have- I’ve written a guide below which is perfect for those with or without equipment.

Ingredients

½ a teaspoon of Zen Green Tea matcha (1 teaspoon if you like a strong matcha taste)

1 cup of milk (dairy, almond, soy are all great)

Optional: Honey

Instructions

1.Dissolve the matcha powder with a splash of hot water to form a syrup (you could use a bamboo whisk if you have one or a teaspoon)

2.Froth hot milk: You can use a milk frother or heat in a saucepan and add the milk to a blender with the syrup to create the frothy effect.

Hint: You can Serve with a hint of honey or a sprinkle of matcha on top. Enjoy!!!

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How to brew the perfect cup of tea

how to brew the perfect cup of tea

How to brew the perfect cup of tea

Billions of cups of tea are consumed every day around the world; however there is little agreement on how to make the perfect cup of tea.  I’m a huge tea drinker myself – even before I started my own tea business, Zen Green Tea. I have done a little research for you into how you can make every cup perfect.

1. The cup

The best type of cup to use is a china cup which is nicely rounded.  Why? Disposable cups may react with the tea, whereas china cups are impervious and the smooth surface means that the tannins in the tea do not stick to the surface and instead remain in the brew!

2. The water

Use fresh water that has been boiled only once. Repeated boiling reduces the oxygen content in the tea and can cause a “chalky” effect

3. Temperature

For black teas, using boiling water (100 degrees Celsius) is fine, but it’s best to wait a few seconds before pouring it straight into the cup. The reason is that the hotter the water, the more chemical reactions occur. Black teas do not have a very active antioxidant content because traditionally they have been processed for longer. When you drink white or green teas, it’s important to use water that is cooler (around 80 degrees Celsius). This is especially important for Matcha green tea powder as this tea contains the highest quantities of active antioxidants; so using boiling hot water will reduce its health benefits!

4. Brewing time

About three minutes is the best option- it allows for the full flavour of the tea to develop without bitterness. With Matcha tea, you can drink straight away as you are consuming the whole leaf

5. Milk?

If pouring from a tea pot it’s best to add the milk to your cup first then pour the tea into it. The reason, is that the proteins in the milk will bind better with the tannins in the tea to take away that bitterness and contribute to a smoother cup!

6. Drinking temperature

Leave your cup for six minutes so that it cools to 60 degrees- the perfect sipping temperature!

If you feel like spicing up your daily tea, our friends from Tea Perspective have a tea of the month club subscription box. Check them out!

Enjoy!

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