Sure, we have your choice of teas to start your day off, we have English, Scottish, Irish, even a boozy breakfast, but what about Second Breakfast? The first cup, to help wake up and open your eyes, is great and all, but you need a second one, something with a kick, something to give you energy for the rest of the day now that you're up.
The Second Breakfast is a powdered tea made from traditional black tea from Sri Lanka. Now this isn't technically a matcha, it's a "powdered tea," since it isn't Tencha-grade steamed Japanese green tea. We call it matcha anyway, though, 'cause it might as well be.
A traditional bowl of this will result in a quite astringent drink with earthy tones, while making a sweet matcha latte of it will give you the smoothest, creamiest, richest breakfast tea you've ever had. Don't over-caffeinate first-thing in the morning! Wake up slowly with a pleasant breakfast tea, and save the kickstart for your Second Breakfast.
Brewing Suggestions (Sweet Matcha Latte)
- Warm a ¼ liter (≈8 oz) of a milk or milk substitute.
- Boil a ¼ liter (≈8 oz) of water
- Mix together, and add ½ tbsp of powder and ½ tbsp of sugar.
- Stir thoroughly.
- Enjoy, and drink without straining!
Brewing Suggestions (Traditional Bowl)
Suggested tools: Matcha Bowl, Matcha Whisk, Matcha Spoon.
If you wanna get started, consider a Matcha Starter Kit!
- Prewarm a ¼ liter (≈8 oz) glass (or a bowl, if you're traditional).
- Use ¼ liter (≈8 oz) of boiling water in the vessel.
- Use 1 tsp of powder, or a full scoop from a traditional matcha spoon.
- Whisk thoroughly until there is a fine froth, then drink without straining.
Sri Lankan black tea powder.