Matcha, powdered green tea, is the centerpiece of the Japanese tea ceremony. However, it is enjoying a wide popularity at the moment because of its rich, intense flavor and its high concentration of antioxidants and vitamins. To prepare matcha in a traditional manner, one needs a tea bowl and a bamboo whisk (chasen). The bamboo whisk is an important part, as the fine bamboo strands help to dissolve the matcha into the water while creating a pleasant, light froth. A regular metal whisk is not fine enough to dissolve the matcha properly.
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder (per serving)
- 2 ounces boiling water (per serving)
- Bring freshly drawn, cold water to a boil in a kettle.
- When water is at a gentle boil, remove from heat.
- Pour water into tea bowl to warm. At this point, you may soften the whisk in the water. When done, pour out the water.
- Wipe bowl with clean, dry cloth.
- Add 1 tsp (3g) of matcha to the bowl.
- Allow water to cool to approximately 120 - 140°F.
- Pour 2 oz. of water into the tea bowl.
- Whisk the matcha thoroughly and briskly in a back and forth motion until the powder is dissolved. This will take about 1-2 minutes.
- Before taking a drink, be sure to look at and appreciate the craftsmanship of the tea bowl you are using.
- Hold the bowl with one hand supporting it from below, and one hand holding the sides to turn it.
very gentle and great to calm nerves of the day. ralph