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I adore green tea, but until a few weeks ago I had never tried matcha powder. It remained a foreign entity to me only pursued by much braver tea aficionados. I didn’t even want to think about the different brands I could try, not to mention the endless questions about how to even make it. Do I need the bamboo whisky thing? Do I just dump it in some water and stir? Why is it so fancy??
So when Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder popped up on Brandbacker I surprised myself by requesting to review their product. I didn’t even know if I’d be able to make matcha, let alone write a post about it. Luckily I have friends who have more experience with matcha than I and gave me some tips.
First: the reason for the bamboo whisk is so you don’t bruise the matcha. Makes sense, huh? I don’t have a bamboo whisk but I do have a tiny silicone one that I like to use for mixing icing up so I figured that’d work if I was gentle.
Second: there are different grades of matcha. Now this makes complete sense but it didn’t even occur to me. Zoe told me that some matcha’s are made for baking in, while their finely milled, more expensive counterparts are the ones you’re meant to drink.
I believe the matcha from Kiss Me Organics is the baking kind. At least I couldn’t figure out how to make it without it being very bitter. I boiled the water like I normally would for green tea – bringing it to a full boil, letting the water rest for 1 minute and then adding it to the matcha powder. I played with the amount of powder I used – 1 teaspoon, half a teaspoon, 3/4 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon…but no matter what I did it just didn’t taste good.
Luckily I made some amazing sugar cookies that have made me a matcha convert – at least for baking purposes. Not only are the cookies super tasty, but the are incredibly filling and give me a burst of energy from the matcha. Is that the perfect cookie, or what? The matcha is also pretty darn tasty in fruit smoothies (I like mango, strawberry and pineapple with it personally) and I’m looking forward to trying out muffins next.
Because I’m not drinking the matcha I expect the 4 oz that I received from Kiss Me Organics will last me a long time, so I don’t know if I will actually end up repurchasing this or not. I guess it totally depends on how addicted to baking with matcha I become! I think I’d really like to try out more matcha to see if I like the taste as a drink too, do you have any recommendations on matcha you’ve loved?