“Matcha does not melt but it blends in. Please find a way to prevent clumps.”
Matcha is a tea powder which is made from stone-ground tea leaves. It has a mellow rich flavor that comes from all kinds of good nutrients in the tea leaves. The taste is often described as bitter, but taking Matcha is the best way to enjoy the sweetness of tea plant when it is whisked correctly. Appropriate water temperature is 158 – 176 °F (70 – 80 °C). Matcha is concerned as a high graded tea as same as Gyokuro but hot water in a slightly higher temperature around 176 °F (80 °C) has no problem for usage because it will be stirred with air.
How to brew delicious tea
Different types of tea have different flavors. In order to bring out the best taste from each variety of tea, we must brew it according to its type. That is what makes the culture of tea interesting.
4 tips you need to follow
The most important aspects of brewing tea are as follows:
- Before Whisking
- Water to use
- Equipment Needed
- 4 steps to brew
1. Before whisking
This is the knack!! Water temperature for whisking Matcha cannot be too high or low. If the temperature is too high, it will draw out bitterness and also, Matcha will not foam in the first place. Same thing can happen when it is too low. It has a proper temperature. Please do not skip the steps because by following the instructions mentioned as below, it shall automatically lead you to whisk Matcha in an appropriate temperature.
For the time being, water needs to be fully boiled.
2. Water for Matcha Tea
Please use filtered water!! It is our first priority to use delicious water for a tasty tea. Chlorinous odor ruins the flavor of the tea. Please use filtered water as much as possible. If you choose to use some bottled water, soft water is more preferable. Water hardness around 30 – 80 mg/L is the best recommended water for a Japanese tea.
3. Equipment Needed
- Matcha tea powder
- Tea scoop
- Tea whisk
- Tea bowl
- Water cooling pitcher (or a mug)
4. 4 proper steps to brew
“Chasentoshi” is an action to rinse the tea whisk with hot water in the tea bowl.
Dissolve Water from the Tea Bowl and Wipe to Dry Well.
Take 100 mL (3 and 1/3 oz) More or Less Hot Water into a Water Cooling Pitcher.
Then place 2 Scoops (2 g or 1/13 oz) of Matcha tea powder in the Middle of the Tea Bowl
Gently Pour 10 mL (1/3 oz), a Scant Volume of Hot Water into the Tea Bowl from the Side
Next, gently Pour the Remaining Hot Water
First, Whisk Matcha Thoroughly by Drawing “∞”
Then draw “m” with a Gentle Scratching Motion at the Bottom of Tea Bowl
Now enjoy with tea time!
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