How To Cold Brew Matcha

September 25, 2019

How To Cold Brew Matcha

Matcha tea makes a deliciously creamy hot beverage, but did you know that it tastes just as good as an iced drink? You could make a simple glass of iced matcha by cooling down a cup of hot matcha with a few ice cubes, but cold brewing the tea creates a richer, smoother, more flavorful experience. Plus, if you're new to matcha and still getting used to its rich, earthy flavor, preparing it in cold water can minimize some of the bitter taste sometimes found when the tea is prepared in hot water. Matcha made in cold water still contains all the caffeine and the relaxing benefits of l-theanine, though!




Cold brew matcha is a delicious and refreshing drink 

Similar to cold brew coffee, cold brew matcha is prepared in cold water instead of hot, instead of simply cooling down a hot brewed beverage with ice cubes. This also means that you get the full flavor since the tea isn't watered it down with dissolved ice cubes. And unlike cold brew coffee, which requires a more complicated set-up to prepare, your cold, refreshing glass of cold brew matcha can be ready in moments and requires only one tool! With that level of simplicity, it's the perfect way to wake up on a hot summer morning, to refresh after a long workout at the gym, or to cool off on a humid afternoon.

So what are we waiting for? Let's get started!

Find the perfect, secure bottle to blend your tea

Before preparing your glass of cold matcha, you'll first need to find a bottle or jar with a secure lid. A water bottle works well, or you can be thrifty and use a recycled Mason jar or peanut butter jar. You could also try a bottle with a built-in blender, such as this classic Blender Bottle that uses a wire ball to help break up particles, or this matcha flask that is specially designed for making cold brew matcha tea. 

Using a blender bottle is a good way to cold brew matcha tea.

Above Image: Blender Bottle

Matcha flask

Above Image: Matcha Flask


The blender ball isn't strictly necessary to make a good glass of matcha, but it can help create a smoother blend and even create a slushy texture if you add crushed ice. For an even thicker texture, you can choose to skip the bottle completely and just mix up your tea powder, liquid, and ice in a blender.

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Use high quality matcha for a smooth, rich taste

Next, you'll want to select your powdered matcha. Not all matcha is created equal, and in general it's best to use something that's high-quality to achieve the best taste and avoid the need to use lots of sweeteners to balance the flavor. However, since brewing with cold water minimizes some of the bitterness naturally found in matcha, you can get away with using slightly lower grade tea than you might use for a hot cup of matcha. The best taste comes from matcha that was purchased from a reputable source and was shade-grown in Japan. As long as the company sells quality matcha, ceremonial or culinary grade tea work equally well.

Cold brew matcha is a delicious and refreshing drink

Different liquids offer different flavors and benefits 

Now, you can select a liquid to blend with your matcha powder. Cold water is the traditional option, and an excellent choice that will give you the full, unaltered flavor of matcha. However, if you're still adjusting to the matcha flavor or you'd just like to get creative, you have lots of other options! Milk adds a rich texture and flavor and you can adjust the taste of the final beverage by using dairy, almond, coconut, oat, or any other type of milk. Coconut water is another possibility that will give your drink additional health benefits such as electrolytes and potassium, not to mention a fresh coconut flavor.

Shake up your ingredients for a cold, refreshing brew

It's finally time to prepare your glass of cold brew matcha! To the bottle of your choosing, add:

  • 1 teaspoon (2g or about ½ teaspoon) of matcha powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 oz) of cold water, milk, or coconut powder
  • Ice (optional)

Feel free to adjust the proportions to suit your taste. Make sure there's about an inch of space at the top of the bottle so the contents have room to move around and blend together, and be sure to screw the lid tightly closed. You probably don't want to start the day with an icy-cold matcha shower! Briskly shake the bottle until everything in it is smooth, uniformly green, and a layer of white foam forms at the top. Let the bottle sit for a few moments and then swirl the liquid to help all of the foam rise to the surface. You can drink the matcha directly from the bottle, or you can pour it into smaller mugs or glasses. Since the tea powder doesn't dissolve but is instead suspended in the liquid, the particles might start falling to the bottom before you finish your drink. If this happens, just shake the bottle again.

Cold brew matcha is a delicious and refreshing drink

Cold brew matcha is the perfect addition to a busy lifestyle

One of the best things about cold brew matcha is that it's quick and simple to make, which means it can easily become part of your daily routine. Unlike coffee, matcha doesn't require a filter or machine to brew, but can be made right in the bottle from which you'll drink it. This means you can bring a bottle of water or milk and a small bag of matcha (or a single-serve packet) with you to work, school, or the gym, and be ready to whip up a batch of matcha in seconds.

You can also prepare cold brew matcha up to two days in advance - just store the bottles in the refrigerator so they're ready for you to grab and go. The matcha powder and liquid will separate over time, but just give the bottle a few vigorous shakes to restore your tea to all its green glory. Cold brew matcha is also a great choice to drink after a morning workout, especially when blended with electrolyte-filled coconut water, since it leaves you hydrated and feeling caffeinated but calm.

You may have already discovered that drinking matcha green tea is a healthy and enjoyable addition to your daily routine, and now you have even more options to explore. Matcha tea isn't just for cold weather and coffee shops - now you can enjoy it anywhere and in any season.

Simple Japanese Matcha Soda (炭酸割り)

Follow the step below to make refreshing matcha tea soda. 

  1. Pour hot water over matcha green tea with 1/4 amount of hot water you would usually use for regular matcha.
  2. Whisk.  At this point, you have very thick green tea since you used very little hot water in step 1 above. 
  3. Now pour club soda or carbonated water of your chose over the tea prepared in step 1 and 2.  (My personal favorite is Perrier or their lime version goes surprisingly well as well)
  4. Add ice.   If you wish, add sweeter of your choice (honey, sugar, etc). Please check this article about 10 ways to sweeten Japanese green tea

This simple step makes you a very healthy green tea soda.  Pretty cool, isn't it? 

My personal favorite is Perrier or their lime version goes surprisingly well with sencha green tea

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