a really good matcha swirl cake

Matcha is everywhere these days – from lattes to mochi (sweet Japanese treats), this vibrant green powdered tea has taken over the world.

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I wasn’t always a fan. I am now; it’s a welcome alternative to coffee, and the perfect mid-afternoon way to refresh and reset. Iced or warm, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. But my first experience was less than pleasant; I remember the thick, watery liquid coating the inside of my mouth with cloying bitterness.

Let me tell you what a well prepared, good quality matcha is not:

  • bitter
  • drying on the tongue
  • sticky in your mouth
  • lumpy or clumped
  • dull in colour

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