We’re knee-deep in summer, meaning you’ll be able to’t take two steps outside the home without immediately being hit with a vicious wall of warmth and humidity. With weather like this, all we wish to do is just stay inside, protected within the loving, cool embrace of our air conditioners on full blast.
While staying indoors definitely keeps you nice and funky, you would possibly miss out on the fun of going to cafes or restaurants and are only stuck with foods and drinks you make yourself. But because of this nifty make-your-own-matcha kit from green tea specialty store Kaminari Issa, you’ll be able to have all the enjoyment of a flowery glass of matcha without stepping a single foot outside.
While most individuals would say that matcha has quite a bitter, acquired taste, Kaminari Issa’s concept is that matcha isn’t bitter, and might actually be quite sweet.
The kit incorporates ingredients to make your individual Matcha Warabi Latte. Warabi mochi is a form of mochi constituted of bracken starch and covered in kinako flour, and is a very fashionable dessert enjoyed in summertime. Contained in the kit were three sachets of matcha powder, three packets of matcha-flavored warabi mochi and a few gum syrup, in addition to straws.
▼ All we would have liked to arrange was 100 milliliters of water, 80 milliliters of milk and a few ice cubes.
The kit was delivered to us in a cool pack, so once the matcha warabi mochi had thawed out we were ready to start out, as step one was to slice up the blocks of mochi.
The subsequent step to creating an ideal cup of matcha latte is to prepare the matcha. The matcha powder comes from high-quality tea leaves from Uji, a city in Kyoto Prefecture generally known as one among the best green tea producing regions in Japan. Even just from opening the sachet of matcha powder, we were already overwhelmed with a fascinating aroma of green tea.
Once the powder had been sifted in through a strainer and stirred so it was free from any lumps, it was time to create our beautiful matcha warabi latte.
Into an empty glass we added the matcha warabi mochi, followed by layers of ice, milk and eventually the matcha mixture. Then we poured the matcha layer slowly as a way to make a beautiful layer of green on the highest of the drink.
The separate layers are beautiful to see but don’t last very long, as any slight disturbance causes the layers to meld into one. It was mesmerising to look at the matcha slowly sink down and blend with the milk layer, though; like some kind of green tea lava lamp.
Perhaps most impressive of all was the taste of the matcha warabi latte. As promised, the Matcha Warabi Latte from Kaminari Issa wasn’t bitter in any respect, and completely modified our preconceptions of how matcha should taste. The warabi mochi gave the drink a slight sweet taste, but you’ll be able to add the gum syrup included within the kit in case you need a bit more sweetness with each sip.
The Matcha Warabi Latte kit costs 1,950 yen for 3 servings, but you certainly get what you pay for. The kit also features a voucher for a green tea experience at one among Kaminari Issa’s stores, plus a bunch of coupons, so it feels form of like a lucky bag!
The Matcha Warabi Latte kit is the proper summer pick-me-up to enable you to feel immediately refreshed.
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