Disclosure: I received a sample of the product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
It’s no secret that my kids and I are always on the move. We’re either out running errands, going to classes somewhere, or attending appointments. For awhile I was skipping breakfast and it didn’t take long to start noticing the effects. Sluggishness, hunger at odd hours, and cravings for greasy or sugary foods. This often results in a drive thru run.
Thanks to Libre Tea and some evening baking adventures I finally have a quick grab and go breakfast so I don’t need to worry about skipping what’s been touted as the most important meal and it helps me avoid the dreaded drive thru. The best part, even the kids love this breakfast set up for when we’re on the move with their own beverages of choice.
Libre Tea sent me the MatchaGo gift set to try out and inspire me. It worked. The six MatchaGo glasses are perfect to keep on hand for the power matcha drinker. They also make a fantastic gift for any or all of your friends who love matcha or have wanted to give it a try. It didn’t take me long to gift on two of these MatchaGo glasses to friends. Had I been thinking I would have made a gift basket for them with some of my favorite matcha powder and some of my matcha shortbread cookies.
What makes MatchaGo different than the other Libre Tea glasses is the mesh strainer. The mesh in the MatchaGo glasses is finer than what is found in the regular Libre Tea glasses. This helps break down powder clumps and makes the drink frothy. You can see the comparison in this picture showing a finer mesh on the MatchaGo strainer on the left.
The MatchaGo glass works similar to the regular Libra Tea glasses. Pour hot water into the glass, then attach the mesh strainer. Add your matcha powder to the strainer then screw on the lid.
With the lids screwed on tight shake the glass vigorously until the matcha powder is fully incorporated and the drink is frothy.
Quick Tip 1: I’ve used this method with both hot and cold liquid, water and milk. It worked out great in all these combinations.
Quick Tip 2: Before you remove the top lid to enjoy your beverage make sure you release the pressure by slightly unscrewing the strainer and the lid layers together from the glass. I found if you don’t do this you risk either spraying hot liquid onto yourself or spilling green tea because some of the liquid will remain in the strainer level until the pressure is released.
Chocolate Chip Muffins
One of my favorite pairings with matcha is chocolate. Not a deep, rich, need a huge glass of milk to wash it down chocolate. A nice, full flavored chocolate to accent the flavor of the matcha. That’s why I love these chocolate chip muffins along with my matcha. They’re not as rich as many other chocolate muffins, but they still satisfy that chocolate craving by having chocolate not just in the chips, but also just enough cocoa powder in the muffin mix. Brown sugar instead of granulated sugar will also to help boost the flavor of these muffins.
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 stick butter (melted)
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Turbinado sugar for topping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a muffin pan with liners or grease each cup.
- In a large bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar.
- Add in remaining ingredients, minus the chocolate chips and turbinado sugar, and mix until batter is just moistened. Do not overmix.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Evenly fill muffin cups and generously top with turbinado sugar.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Cool muffins on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.
What is your favorite matcha pairing?