The Evolution of Classic Tea Ceremonies to Modern Day Brew
Tea ceremonies have been celebrated in jovial and fervent manner for thousands of years in China. The history of tea ceremony dates back to the emperor Sheng Nung, also known as the “The Divine Farmer”. Legends have that the tea leaves recovered the emperor from an illness as the emperor gulped the scented brew of leaves. Since the miraculously healthy results, tea ceremonies have become a popular part of culture in China. Tea ceremonies were largely extended from the ancient Chinese cultures to aristocracy before becoming popular in general public. The tea ceremonies greatly vary from birthplace i.e. China to Turkey, Pakistan, and India.
Start Afresh with Irresistible Turkish and Chinese Brew
The practice of brewing tea differs among countries based on the strength and mouthfeel of the drink. The Turkish tea ceremony is relatively different than the Chinese tea. Turkish brewing is rather a more interesting tea brew involving 2 tea pots, one for a strong tea and the other tea pot contains boiled water. The tea is served in small cups with 2 sugar cubes to sweeten the taste, whereas the Chinese brew is rather simple. The most consumed tea (Green Tea) in China is made by preheating the pot and adding water. Once water is hot, add tea leaves/tea bags and pour the fragrant brew in your cup.
The culture of celebrating tea ceremonies is solely intended to embrace the values that represent tranquility, harmony, morality, and respect.
From Smooth Drink to Texturized and Frothy Savory Brew
Similarly, new methods of brewing tea have gained popularity as the taste preference among people has characterized new ways of making tea. Lately, latte has become a preferred drink by people, mainly due to its frothy and texturized milk and creamy taste. Different variation of tea like Matcha latte or Rooibos latte emit surprisingly incredible scent with creamy and frothy brew.
Matcha latte is widely preferred due to the fact that the nutrients aren’t destroyed by heat. So, you can drink Matcha latte either hot or cold and enjoy the taste with complete health benefits. The taste of Matcha latte is bitter and earthy/nutty as the tea leaves contain catechins that gives it the taste. However, with a little sweetner and couple of ingredients, you can make perfectly balanced Matcha latte.
A Good Matcha Latte is Always Creamy and Frothy
A good Matcha latte is always smooth, creamy, and lump free. The first step is to make sure that you sift the matcha powder carefully since whisking the lumps become difficult later and doesn't dissolve well in water. While whisking, carefully whisk in up and down and side motions. Take a cup/mug and add matcha powder, pour hot water from the pot and whisk well until foamy. Now, add warm almond/coconut milk and whisk to make the frothy latte.MATCHA FACT:
Matcha is Gluten free that makes it a healthy drink, and doesn’t harm people with celiac disease. People with celiac disease often experience inflammation and damaged intestinal tracts due gluten consumption.
Don't Have a Frother, No Problem!
Having a perfectly frothy latte is a little difficult, but you don’t have to be a “Barista” for that. You can make perfectly frothy and texturized milk with microwave oven and milk. Take either coconut milk/almond milk/oat milk and pour it into a jar while keeping the jar sealed and tight. Now, shake the jar vigorously for 1 minute and then heat the milk for 30 seconds to have perfectly structured and texturized froth.
Since your Matcha Latte is ready, adding a drop of maple syrup or honey can make your latte sweet. For me, a drop of maple syrup brings about perfectly amazing taste. Whether you like hot or cold, this Matcha latte can be consumed hot as well as cold. However, it is better to make hot latte at first and then drink it cold. This release the amino acid known as L theanine which helps in relieving stress while improving brain functionality.
Enjoy your Matcha Latte!