Matcha Espresso Recipe
What is matcha?
The word ‘matcha’ is derived from the Japanese words for ‘ground’ and ‘tea’. Matcha was originally produced in China before eventually being cultivated in Japan.
It is produced directly from the leaves of the green tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Many other forms of green tea are obtained from this plant, but matcha is grown in a specific way.
For matcha, the Camellia sinensis are covered in the last 28 days before harvest to decrease its sunlight exposure. The decreased amount of sunlight causes the plant’s leaves to produce more chlorophyll.
The increase in chlorophyll is also responsible for the characteristic deep green colour and the delicious flavour of matcha powder. It also leads to matcha containing a high amount of caffeine and L-theanine compared to other forms of green tea.
The increased levels of chlorophyll also lead to an increase in a range of beneficial phytonutrients (plant compounds). In particular, there is an increase in the number of polyphenols and amino acids, which contribute to the amazing nutritional profile of matcha tea.
Is matcha good with espresso?
If you're a fan of matcha and coffee then you may be wondering 'Is matcha good with a shot of espresso?'.
When it comes to hot drinks, you may think that matcha with a shot of espresso sounds like an odd combination and if you're a coffee or a matcha purist, then you may be offended by the question all together!
Can you mix coffee with matcha? Yes, absolutely. We've tried it and it really works.
Matcha espresso has become a popular drink. It combines the great flavours of coffee with the amazing health benefits of matcha!
Combining matcha and coffee is actually called a Dirty Matcha due to it's appearance. A dirty matcha is a espresso shot of coffee mixed with a matcha latte.
For the coffee we have used Rejuvenation Water's Nespresso compatible keto coffee pods, not only are they good for the planet as they are 100% compostable and packaged in cardboard boxes, but they are good for you too.
MCT oil is important for brain function and gives a boost of energy whilst helping reduce caffeine. crashes.
The coffee used for the Nespresso compatible keto coffee pods is single origin Brazilian 100% Arabica beans.
The Brazilian Arabica coffee is well balance with a sweet, nutty flavour mixed with a chocolaty roast taste. Despite their medium-dark roast, the coffee retains it’s sweet taste, avoiding unpleasant bitterness, making them great as an espresso or in our dirty matcha latte recipe!
If you didn't want to double up on your caffeine in take, you could use Rejuvenation Water's decaf keto coffee. It has all the amazing health benefits of MCT oil plus the great taste of our keto coffee pods but without the caffeine.
When it comes to matcha, it is important to choose a high quality powder, that has gone through the proper harvesting and grinding process.
At rejuvenation water, we use a high quality, premium grade Japanese matcha.
Each pod is also packed with added prebiotic fibre and 8 B vitamins. This means not only will you get all the health benefits from the matcha but the added benefits of the B vitamins such as promoting the healthy growth of skin, hair and nails.
Plus, like the keto coffee pods, rejuvenation water's Nespresso compatible matcha pods are also compostable.
By Alex Warmisham ANutr - Nutritionist at Rejuvenation Water
Get the best of both worlds with our tasty Matcha Espresso recipe
Pop your Nespresso compatible matcha pod in your Nespresso machine and press the one shot button, pour into a jug and set aside.
Repeat step 2 with your Nespresso keto coffee pod.
Add ice to a tall glass
Pour in your matcha shot
Then pour in your milk
Finally top with your keto coffee shot