Matcha is a powdered green tea from Japan. The tea leaves are similar to those grown to make Gyokuro, a high grade tea that is shaded for the last three weeks before plucking. Traditionally, matcha is used during the Japanese Tea Ceremony, along with any array of traditional utensils. While this is not the most popular way to consume matcha in Japan, many tea lovers in the U.S. use this method to enjoy matcha casually at home. Matcha flavored treats like ice cream and chocolate are very common in Japan.
Matcha in 5 Easy Steps
Step 1: Set your table.
Step 2: Measure the matcha.
Using a chashaku (bamboo tea scoop), measure 1 1/2 to 2 scoops of matcha (1 1/2 tsp) into a strainer. Sift into the chawan (matcha bowl).
Step 3: Add water.
Once the matcha is sifted into the bowl, add 1/4 cup of simmering water (160-170 degrees).
Step 4: Whisk the matcha.
Using a chasen (bamboo tea whisk), briskly whisk the liquid back and forth in rapid "M" and "W" shapes until bubbles form on the surface.
Step 5: Enjoy!
When the matcha is fully dissolved, remove the whisk from the bowl and enjoy!