Preparing matcha in the traditional Japanese way using a matcha tea bowl and bamboo whisk can be a relaxing and zen-like ritual. It’s pretty straight forward and is essentially the art of mixing hot water with matcha green tea using some beautiful Japanese matcha utensils. Armed with some knowledge of the basics you’ll be on your way and will being preparing matcha instinctively in no time.
Basics to Making Matcha
Temperature of Water
The water temperature should be just under a boil (approximately 180F/80C) which will provide the desired mild sweet flavor. This temperature is also most ideal to provide maximum health benefits as boiling temperature will denature the beneficial amino acids such as l-theanine.
Sifting the Matcha
To remove clumps be sure to sift the matcha powder with a tea strainer / sifter.
Whisk Small Amount of Water with Matcha First
It’s best to whisk the matcha in a zig-zag motion with a small amount of hot water first until it’s smoothly blended and then the rest of the water (2 – 3 oz or so) can be added to the desired amount.
Whisking the Matcha
The traditional method of whisking matcha is with a bamboo whisk in a vigorous zig-zag motion, concentrating on the center of the bowl until the matcha is topped with a nice froth.
- To remove clumps be sure to sift the matcha powder with a tea strainer / sifter into a bowl or cup.
- Use a bamboo tea scoop to add approximately 1 ½ tea scoops (or 1-2 regular tea spoons) of matcha powder into a matcha bowl or tea cup.
- Add a small amount of hot water to the matcha and whisk in a zig-zag motion until it’s smoothly blended into a green matcha paste.
- Add the desired amount of hot water that is just below a boil (approximately 180F/80C) to taste.
- Use the bamboo whisk in a zig-zag motion and stir throughly until the matcha has a nice froth. Alternatively, you can use a milk frother or a spoon to create the desired froth but the bamboo whisk is nice to use.
- Traditionally, matcha tea is served and consumed as is but it’s also popular to sweeten it and / or add milk to make a matcha latte. We recommend our organic cane sugar if you’d like to sweeten it a touch.
- Drink immediately before the matcha tea powder has time to settle.
Enjoy! We hope these basic tips will help you with preparing your matcha tea at home. It’s really quite simple once you’ve done it. Look for upcoming matcha recipes and tips on our blog.