Leaf Type: Green (Matcha)
Where to Buy: My Matcha Life
Barista’s Matcha tea is a great tasting matcha without the premium price. Perfect for those who enjoy the unique matcha tea flavor and experience but don’t always want to buy a premium ceremonial matcha, especially when mixing with other ingredients. Drink Barista’s Matcha tea on its own as a traditional matcha tea with hot water or, ideally, just add Barista’s Matcha tea to your lattes, smoothies and blender drinks. And enjoy!
Learn more about this tea here.
It’s been a day or two since I had a bowl of Matcha so the arrival of this Barista’s Matcha Tea from My Matcha Life was timely! Oh, sure, I have some Matcha on hand (always!) but I’m happy to try something new to me.
For my first sampling of this Matcha, I prepared it hot in my chawan. I scooped out a couple of chashaku scoops of Matcha into my sifter and sifted the Matcha into my chawan. Then I added water heated to 160°F and whisked until the powder was completely incorporated in the liquid.
How much water? I’ve been making Matcha for so long that I just eyeball it, but the amount of hot water should be 2 – 3 ounces to every 1/2 teaspoon of Matcha powder. You can adjust this to your own liking, of course!
And this Matcha is delicious! The dry powder was a bright green. Not quite as bright and vivid as a top-quality ceremonial Matcha would be, but it’s not that drab green either. It’s a nice color.
The tea froths up nicely. Most of the froth disappears pretty quickly, but I still had some frothy bubbles on the surface up until my last sip. Not a lot … but some.
I did notice that the tea didn’t stay sustained in the liquid for very long. Because this is a ‘barista’ Matcha, this is a Matcha that is intended for (and better suited for) smoothies and blended drinks like that. But it is tasty enough to serve as a good everyday Matcha!
It has a smooth, buttery flavor. Even though the Matcha didn’t stay incorporated, after I re-whisked the tea, I didn’t pick up on a gritty or chalky texture and that earns extra points in my book!
It’s a really beautifully sweet Matcha – no bitter tones which I do often experience with some “not ceremonial” quality Matcha so that also earns extra points with me.
For my second tasting of this Matcha, I decided to try it with my new and latest obsession – Maple Water! YUM! Seriously yum. If you haven’t tried maple water + Matcha – you must!
I’ve spent some time perusing the My Matcha Life website and they have just about everything that a Matcha beginner needs to get started in their journey with Matcha! They don’t have a chashaku (this is a bamboo scoop used to scoop out Matcha) but you can use a 1/2 a teaspoon measuring spoon! And this Barista Matcha is a really good Matcha – it is one I’d recommend to those beginners as a starting Matcha!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!