Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Matcha Latte

This colorful box of instant Matcha Latte, a gift from Mikako, has taken matcha to another level. Matcha is powdered green tea, typically used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Because of its excellent health benefits, it is becoming increasingly popular. As its popularity increases, it is also becoming more readily available. Since it has an ability to blend well with dairy based products, it has been introduced into the market as a tea latte, available at Starbucks.
Easy to prepare, this fine powder is simply added to the cup along with hot water. Stir and enjoy. When hot, the sweet and creamy flavor of the powdered sugar and milk predominates the green spinachy taste of the matcha. As it cools down, the matcha green tea flavor seems to develop. It is a pleasant treat and interesting way to enjoy matcha green tea.
Tasty and flavorful, and brilliantly green, I'll savor these little packets of Matcha Latte, dreaming of a future visit to Japan. Might even have to visit our local Starbucks to see what they offer! Has anyone sampled Matcha Latte from Starbucks?

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