A long standing tradition of the Far East, Matcha is the rarest and finest of all the Japanese green teas. Filled with oodles of flavour and health benefits, this miracle ingredient has taken the chocolate world by storm. If you’re a chocolatier, you just can’t afford to miss the matcha tea chocolate.
Matcha is produced from the nutrient-rich leaves of the Camellia Sinensis. Only the finest, young, shade-grown tea leaves are plucked and stone ground into a fine powder. This powder is then carefully stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green colour and antioxidant properties. Matcha is not prepared by steeping and straining like regular tea. Rather the powder directly whisked into hot water to form creamy foamed beverage for consumption.
Matcha green tea tends to be quite thick with a herbaceous and grassy bitter flavour; certainly not the stuff of chocolate dreams! But this cross-cultural pairing indeed comes together surprisingly beautifully in the matcha tea chocolate with the fresh earthiness of the tea offering the perfect contrast to the sweetness of the chocolate. The powerful amino acids in Matcha give it a full-bodied flavor and umami taste. This combines with the richness and complexity of chocolate to create a powerful elixir for the mind, body, and soul!
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