It’s no secret if matcha is one of the mainstays in the beverage sector. Because almost current drink outlets provide menus with a taste of matcha. But, are you sure that the matcha you drink is authentic?
Based on the selling trend of drinks obtained by Matchamu, Matcha still occupies the top 5 to 10 current best-selling boba or tea drinks on the market. “From 2013 it has never subsided and the drinks also popularized matcha,” said Lintang Wuriantari as Matchamu’s Tea Executive Officer.
Meanwhile, Ratna Somantri as the Founder of the Indonesia Tea Institute revealed, the popularity of matcha is influenced by its distinctive taste. Although both are derived from tea leaves, Matcha has a rich and different flavor than most teas.
However, it is unfortunate, the high popularity of matcha presents its challenges. Because, not infrequently found, matcha used by sellers is not the original but a mixture.
“What is certain is that the drink price of only Rp 5,000 is not matcha because the process is very long so it is not cheap,” Ratna said in the National Matcha Day talk show some time ago.
To distinguish the original matcha or not, the way it is difficult and easy. First, said Ratna, natural matcha is green and the color will not break if given water. Then second, matcha has a distinctive aroma. The aroma is not only the fragrance of tea leaves but also there is creamy.
“Then the taste, matcha is not only bitter but it is sweet and creamy. Now if bitter matcha means it’s not natural, “he continued.
Finally, the original matcha can be distinguished from its color. If it is a brownish yellow, we can be sure it is not natural matcha.
In Japan itself, matcha is a tea that is often served to royal circles. Although both are derived from tea leaves, matcha is believed to have a higher antioxidant content than green tea. Because from how to plant to serve it in a glass of tea is different.