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  • Hey guys, I'm Mel. Welcome back to my baking channel.

  • So I have a lot of matcha recipes, and you guys have a lot of questions about matcha.

  • And today, I'll be answering all of them.

  • Question 1: What is matcha?

  • Well, it's actually a premium green tea that is planted in a certain way, and hand selected, steamed, aged, and then stone-grounded into matcha powder.

  • It is usually prepared with a bamboo whisk,

  • and the most traditional and premium ones can be really really expensive.

  • And like tea leaves, which are infused in hot water,

  • matcha powder is just a really combined with boiling water.

  • I'm no tea expert, but I was told you are suppose to use the bamboo whisk in a W-motion to froth the tea.

  • The process of preparing matcha is actually a form of art for the Japanese,

  • and it is performed in a lot of traditional ceremonies.

  • Because you are actually consuming the whole tea leaf,

  • matcha is way more nutritious than green tea.

  • This is another question I get a lot,

  • and the answer is a solid "no."

  • These instant drinks use a lot of low-quality matcha powder, and they have a lot additives to it, so you cannot use it for baking.

  • Now, onto the most popular question.

  • I usually get mine at Japanese supermarkets, but I know a lot of you do not have one near by.

  • So I went and found 3 websites that sell matcha powder online.

  • So this is the first brand, and it comes in a tin

  • with a tin-foil packaging inside.

  • Again, I'm no expert, so I'm not gonna compare the different brands.

  • But I did make sure these were all of good quality.

  • The second brand also in a tin, but without the tin-foil packaging.

  • And you can see it's a really vibrant color.

  • So this third one comes in a can. We have to open it

  • and then inside, you'll see this tin-foil packaging as well.

  • Good quality matcha powder could get really expensive so if you just using it for baking, you can use cooking grade matcha.

  • These come in zip-lock bags making them really convenient to use and as you can see the color is actually really vibrant as well.

  • However, the taste is of course not comparable to the ceremonial ones,

  • but they are way more affordable.

  • Just want to let you guys know that I did ask these companies to send me their products

  • because it would be really expensive for me to get so much matcha powder.

  • However, this video is not sponsored and I wasn't paid to say anything.

  • Oh, by the way, I went to Google Live Chat.

  • I was wondering if you guys will be interested in a live chat/baking session with me;

  • where we could make dessert, talk about random stuff, --I don't know~

  • Let me know in the comments down below.

  • Hope this video is helpful for you guys

  • and I have a giveaway going on on my beauty channel. You can check that out~

  • And that's it for today, I'll see you guys next time.

  • Bye~

Hey guys, I'm Mel. Welcome back to my baking channel.

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