Matcha is known for the Japanese traditional tea ceremony that strictly follows rules and rituals.
You can enjoy matcha more casually, but there are certain things you shouldn’t skip.
Here are the essential steps to a casual and yet nice bowl of matcha:
1) Preheat the bowl. Pour some hot water to the bowl, discard the water, and wipe the bowl.
2) Sift 1 teaspoon (1 1/2 chashaku, or 3g) of matcha into the bowl.
3) Pour 2oz (60 cc) hot water. Whisk vigorously with chasen (bamboo whisk) until the tea is frothy.
4) Enjoy your matcha straight from the bowl!
-Do not skip sifting! Matcha tends to clump together and sifting is the key to avoid lumps in your matcha. Wiping the bowl dry is also an important step to avoid lumps.
-If you don’t have a bamboo whisk, you can use a small milk frother.
-Have some sweets with matcha. Sweets and matcha compliment each other. When paired with small confections, matcha will taste better. Here, white chocolate chips are served.