When it comes to the ritual of tea – and there are a few – nothing quite compares to the ritual of a traditional matcha ceremony. Traditional ceremonies can be traced back to the 9th century and are used to celebrate everything from the new year to opening a new jar of tea. The ceremony itself consist of a number of tiny details, precise movements and specific etiquette (never speak directly to the host) that should be respected regardless of the reason for the celebration. Even in today’s hyper-fast society, tea ceremonies remain at the core of Japanese culture.
Of course, you don’t have to be part of a traditional ceremony to enjoy the peaceful ritual of making a matcha. Whether you’re catching up with friends or looking for a moment to yourself, whisking up a delicious matcha allows you to take a step back from the day and take a few minutes to chillout and focus on making the best drink possible. Here’s how to make the prefect matcha at home.
What you’ll need
How to make matcha
Step 1: Warm it up
Warm the whisk and matcha bowl by running them under hot water.
Step 2: Level it
Add two level Perfect Matcha Spoons of your favourite matcha to the bowl.
Pro tip: To remove lumps from your matcha, try passing the tea through a sieve first.
Step 3: Add water
Add 4 oz (120 ml) of 165ºF/74ºC water to the bowl. Make sure to cover the matcha.
Step 4: Whisk it good
Using a matcha whisk, briskly whisk the mixture in an “M” formation, until the matcha dissolves* and there is a frothy layer on top.
*Matcha doesn’t actually dissolve, but instead, is temporarily suspended in the water.
Step 5: Pour it on
Pour the frothed matcha into a 16 oz. cup and top with 165ºF /74ºC water. Sip and enjoy.
Matcha on the Go
Want to take your matcha with you? We get that toting an entire matcha kit isn’t always the easiest, so we created the Matcha Maker. Totally convenient and made for moving, all you have to do is add matcha, hot water and shake, shake shake. It’s the easiest way to make matcha on the go.