Enter the world of matcha: the vibrant green, frothy and nutritious drink used traditionally in Japanese Tea Ceremonies. Matcha is a Japanese green tea that is stone ground at the end of the manufacturing process, resulting in an ultra-fine tea powder. When you drink matcha you consume the entire tea leaf, rather than an infusion. This sets matcha apart, making it higher in caffeine and antioxidants than other teas (on a serving-for-serving basis). Matcha is typically whisked in hot water until a frothy consistency is reached, and sipped directly from the bowl. Follow this step-by-step video guide to make your own bowl of matcha at home!
Step One: Measure Your Matcha
Start by measuring ½ teaspoon ceremonial grade matcha*. If you are using a bamboo matcha scoop (chashaku), measure 2 almond sized scoops. Sift the matcha through a sieve into a small bowl. This is done to prevent clumping. You can, of course, put the matcha directly into your bowl without sifting, but clumping may occur.
* Note: We suggest using our ceremonial grade matcha rather than cooking grade because it is smoother, less bitter, and slightly more vibrant green taste. However, our cooking grade matcha can be used as well.
Step Two: Heat Your Water
Heat 3 oz water to 175 degrees.
If you don’t have a thermometer handy to measure your water temperature, don’t worry! Heat the water until bubbles have formed on the bottom of your heating vessel - this is approximately 170-180 degrees.
Step Three: Add Water & Whisk Your Matcha
Add the heated water to your bowl of matcha. Whisk vigorously in a back-and-forth motion using a traditional bamboo matcha whisk (chasen) or regular kitchen whisk, until frothy. If you are a using a bamboo matcha whisk, do not press the whisk against the bottom of the bowl while whisking.
After whisking, the matcha is ready to drink directly from the bowl. Taste, and add more water until the taste is right for you. If you add more water, we recommend doing so after whisking (to prevent making a mess). It’s perfectly alright to play with ratios, and even add a sweetener, such as honey.
If you’re looking for something creamier, we also have instructions on how to make your own delicious matcha latte.