Preparing Ceremonial MATCHA.
If you try to use western utensils to prepare MATCHA, it most likely won’t turn out well. We strongly advise you to obtain and use the traditional Japanese Matcha utensils as it will enrich your Matcha experience and increase your chances of making the perfect bowl of Matcha.
- Matcha needs to be sifted using a tea strainer or sifter to avoid clumps of Matcha forming in the tea
- Use a bamboo scoop and measure out 1/2 to 1 tsp. of matcha powder into sifter over bowl
- Add 2-3 oz. of pre-boiling water to the bowl (180F)
- Using a bamboo whisk in one hand and hold the rim of the Matcha bowl with your other hand and start to whisk the Matcha.
- Whisk briskly using your wrist (not arm).
- Whisk in a “M” or “W” motion until the Matcha has a thick froth with many tiny bubbles on the surface.
Note: depending on personal preference, more water may be added for desired taste. This only done after whisking.
The Matcha is now frothy and ready to drink! Enjoy.
Some common problems that may happen when making Matcha:
- The Matcha was extremely bitter…you either used water that was too hot, too much Matcha, or the Matcha was not whisked efficiently.
- Matcha needs to be whisked until a thick froth with many tiny bubbles has been achieved. If there are breaks in the froth that reveals the liquid underneath, or big bubbles visible on the surface, the flavor profile of the Matcha will be poor compared with one that has been whisked correctly.
- The Matcha doesn’t froth very well…this can be due to not whisking the Matcha thoroughly, but is more often than not due to not using enough powder and/or using too much water. If that is the case, you’ll need to either increase the powder amount or decrease the water amount.
- There are clumps of powder in the prepared Matcha, and/or I get clumps of Matcha in my mouth when drinking…this occurs simply because the Matcha wasn’t sifted. If you don’t sift the Matcha this will occur.
How do I store Matcha?
For unopened packets, please store them carefully in a cool, dark place away from heat, humidity, sun, and odors. Once the packet has been opened, it is best to try to consume the Matcha as soon as possible for freshness.