A warm bowl of matcha feels like a natural extension to the start of the day. It’s comforting, earthy and the process of whisking it together feels meditative in itself. While some may find it daunting to begin with, making matcha at home is relatively uncomplicated. One of the most crucial steps begins with buying the right kind of matcha.
Ceremonial Matcha is considered the highest grade of matcha. As its name suggests, its quality is so unrivaled that it is the only kind that can be used in traditional tea ceremonies. This matcha powder yields the best flavour; it is bold yet smooth and enjoyable to drink on its own. It lends itself nicely to cooking as well, ceremonial grade matcha produces a pronounced taste wherever it is used. Our Ceremonial Grade Matcha from (UJI) Kyoto is available for purchase at Matchali.
All The Basic Tools You Will Need
The essential kit you need comprises of just three tools and some hot water.
Chashaku. A customary tool, crafted with a soft curve to lift and measure tea powder. Its flat ladle helps to correctly measure out the right amount of tea powder needed — a highly utilitarian component of the tea making process.
Chasen. Modest in nature, but arguably the single most crucial tool. The bamboo whisk or chasen, is that which brings matcha to life. It binds powder and water into a smooth consistency, eventually creating that beloved foamy of matcha tea.
Chawan. A wide mouth, concave-shaped tea bowl with ample space to whisk is crucial. You chawan should have high walls to house the powder and water. Matcha can be enjoyed from the bowl it was prepared in; therefore, some opt for more decorative chawans so that they can appreciate the detailing of it as they sip.Shop Matchali’s Chawan
How to Whisk Matcha at Home
With just a few simple steps, you’ll be able to master the art of whisking.
1) Heat water to about 80 degrees. This is before boiling point, any hotter and the water scorches the powder and gives it a bitter taste.
2) Use the chashaku to portion out 3-5 grams of matcha powder and sift into your chawan.
3) Pour roughly 1/4 a cup of water, into the chawan. Take your chasen and make a repetitive zig-zag motion. Whisk until there are no more clumps, and your matcha appears frothy with small bubbles. This can take around 2 minutes to achieve.
4) Enjoy your matcha!
You can enjoy matcha at home any way you like. If you’re a matcha purist, the above will give you an authentic bowl of matcha to enjoy. Should you want a matcha latte, simply add warm milk. For those who love an ice-cold beverage like a cold matcha latte, pour matcha over milk and ice. Customize as you like, with CBD drops for extra calm and a teaspoon of agave for sweetness.
A good cup of matcha at home is all about creating a ritual that serves you best.