How to Prepare Matcha Zen Ceremonial Tea
While the making of matcha has been perfected over centuries, you don’t need to throw on your nicest kimono or roll out the old tatami mat just to make a cuppa. Still, we don’t like to mess with the classics.
Here’s how to traditionally prepare the perfect cup of tea with our ceremonial matcha powder.
What You’ll Need
You can totally use a normal bowl and kitchen whisk, but we like to rock it old school:
- Ceramic matcha bowl (chawan)
- Bamboo whisk (chasen)
- Tea strainer (optional) - Matcha Zen is ceremonial grade and is the finest money can buy and therefore does not require sifting
- Ceremonial-grade matcha powder
- Add 1 level tea spoon (1-1.3 grams) of Matcha Zen powder into the bowl.
- Add a small amount of steaming—but not boiling (175º F)—hot water to the bowl. 2 oz. should do the trick.
- Gently whisk the mixture in a zigzag motion until it settles into a smooth, emerald-green paste.
- Add more hot water.
- Whisk again, aerating the matcha into an inviting froth.
Read our blog post for more ways to prepare matcha in non-traditional ways and recipes for cooking.