Despite the fact that I spend a great deal of time hopping from place to place I have yet to come up with a good method for preparing tea when I travel. Since water quality is always a problem in the places I go I’ve given up taking high quality loose-leaf with me and rely solely on teabags, bottled water, and a travel mug for my daily fix. The only problem is that this limits my choices and I have to forgo my morning bowl of matcha.
I’ve come to realize that I depend heavily on matcha to get me going in the morning and for a mid-afternoon boost when I’m running out of energy. If I haven’t packed matcha in my suitcase, then I’m more likely to hit the drive-thru at Starbucks for a sugar-laden girly drink every time I need a pick-me-up. If I happen to be tired or stressed out, which is pretty well unavoidable on a long car trip with a small child, I often find I don’t have the willpower to resist ordering the largest size possible and possibly throwing in a cake pop too. So knowing this, it’s easy to see how I managed to spend over $60 on coffee during my last road trip. I'd like to avoid a repeat of this on my next trip, so I thought it was time to continue my search for an easy way to take matcha with me.
There is nothing I hate more than opening up my suitcase to find that my matcha tin has exploded green powder all over everything, which is why I’m absolutely loving some of the prepackaged matcha sticks I’ve seen on the market lately. Sure it’s a little wasteful, but having the individual servings pre-measured means I can toss them in my suitcase or purse along with a bottle of water and leave my bowl, whisk, and scoop at home. The only catch is that a lot of these prepackaged matcha sticks are loaded down with sugar and aren’t any heather than my girly coffee. You really have to read the ingredients carefully, my last package of matcha sticks from EntireTea ended up being sweetened with monk fruit and were twice as sweet as those that used cane sugar.
Magus Brands recently sent me a box of their new Matchasticks to try out and I have to say, I'm loving them. They're unsweetened, filled only with organic ceremonial grade matcha from Japan. Unlike the lower grade matcha you see in most sticks, this is top notch stuff (which you can see from the brilliant green color in the photos above.) Plus they have a naturally sweet flavor that is remarkably similar to my favorite matcha from DoMatcha. As a side note: DoMatcha happens to be the winner of the ceremonial grade matcha blind taste test we conducted last year.
These sticks are exactly what I’ve been looking for, the only trouble is that the amount of matcha in each packet varies a little, anywhere from 2.2-3g per stick. I find that if the amount happens to be closer to 2.2g I sometimes need a little more than one stick for a standard size 16.9 ounce water bottle. This leaves me with enough matcha for a 7 day trip, instead of the full 10 days and I need to secure the open package with a binder clip until I'm ready to use it the next day. A little bit of an inconvenience, but so far the best option I've found for my needs.
Would I order this again? Absolutely. These are reasonably priced and have made it incredibly easy to take matcha with me when I travel.
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Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 1 matchastick per 16.9oz bottle of water
Water Temp: 160 - 170°F or coldbrew
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Magus Brands has provided me with a sample for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.
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