There's no doubt that green tea is rich with anti-oxidants, healthful and some say an aid in weight loss. Imagine those benefits multiplied in one small shot of green tea. Welcome to Matcha.
Matcha is processed using centuries-old techniques of grinding whole leaves into a vibrant green powder. The result is a drink that's off the charts in antioxidants when compared to acai, blueberries, cranberries and pomegranate.
Try a blueberry Matcha latte
For a great mid day energy pick up, get to Bello Tea in the Chicago French Market and experience an abbreviated authentic tea ceremony to learn and expand your knowledge of Matcha. Bello offers premium Matcha, a combination of Matcha with Chlorella (high protein algae) and Matcha Gymnema, an Indian herb that decreases the absorbtion of sugar in the intestines. There are also tasty custom blended flavored Matcha lattes.
Owner of Bello Tea explains it all
The interactive demonstration and tasting at Bello Tea shows you how to prepare Matcha (and you'll do it yourself). Matcha classes are $6 per person and available 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Bello Teat at the Chicago French Market has seating for three people at a time. Reservations are recommended at (312) 380-0707.
Make Matcha shots, hot or iced Matcha lattes
The best prep method is with a Matcha whisk but owner Tammy Reddy offers a new quick and easy way to make your own Matcha drinks once you leave her shop. A Matcha blender bottle for only $12.95.
For all of your tea needs
Bello Tea (with another location in Downers Grove) offers more than 90 varieties of organic, traditional and fair trade loose leaf teas and herbals as well as stylish tea pots, mugs, cups, and infusers.