If you were recently introduced to matcha green tea by a friend, you may be wondering how you can prepare this beverage. Matcha is a little bit different compared to other tea. When you drink tea, you are able to buy tea bags and then put them in hot water, allowing the tea leaves to steep. Or you can use loose leaf tea and achieve the same result. But with matcha, you are getting a powder that has to be prepared in a unique way. Here is the proper process for doing so:
Things You Need:
If you want to enjoy matcha in the most authentic way, we do recommend that you get a tea bowl. It is a wonderful way to prepare and admire the matcha before drinking. These bowls are easy to buy online at most major retailers. You just have to search for matcha bowls, while you can also find them at Asian stores. They are most commonly made out of ceramic.
The chasen is also called a tea whisk. It is made out of bamboo and is necessary for the most authentic whisking of matcha green tea. While you could use a regular whisk or even a spoon, we do suggest that you get a bamboo tea whisk if you want the most authentic looking and tasting matcha!
The tea scoop or chashaku is how you are going to measure how much matcha powder to place into your bowl. Say you are making one tea bowl for yourself. You will typically use a single scoop of powder and then you are going to add around 2 or 3 ounces of water, depending on how strong you want your drink to be!
When you are making matcha, we suggest that you start by placing all the items that you will need on the counter. You should also start boiling your water in a kettle. When your water is up to boiling temperature, pour some into the tea bowl that you own.
The point of that step is to ensure that you are heating up the bowl that you are going to use. Then you can also whisk the bamboo tea whisk that you bought, which is going to warm it up, dampen some of the bamboo and ensure that you are ready to add your matcha.
Now throw away that water, measure out your matcha and use a sifter to get it through. The sifter is a great way to ensure that you have no clumping, but it is not mandatory. Even if you are throwing the matcha straight in there, you should not have too many problems during the preparation.
After your matcha is sifted, add a little bit of the boiled water into the bowl. We recommend that you measure them out in another cup and then pour slowly into your bowl, so you are not adding too much or too little!
Some of the hot water is now mixed with the matcha. Now you have to use your bamboo whisk and start whisking in an intense way. The goal is to mix together the and a little bit of hot water for about a minute. Then you can add the rest. The reason why you are adding a little bit is so that you can thoroughly mix the water with the powder and get a nice foam on the top.
By using this process, you can ensure that you have prepared authentic matcha for yourself or your guests. You can now enjoy matcha green tea in the same way that it has been made for a very long time!