We assume you are a
We’ve listed up the tools you need to prepare
Matcha Preparation Tools – Matcha Tea Set
Chawan(Matcha tea bowl) Chashaku(Bamboo tea scoop)
- Chasen (Bamboo tea whisk)
These three tools are very basic you ever need to start your preparation of
Chawan (Matcha tea bowl)
The Chawan is for drinking tea. The term “
When we drink
Chashaku (Tea scoop)
After use, you need to wipe clean with a dry cloth to prevent deterioration. Never wash it with water.
Good news! You can substitute it for a teaspoon. Be careful with the amount you scoop since it tends to be too much. Let’s say half or a lesser amount of matcha powder with a scoop of a teaspoon will do. You can explore your preferable amount of
Chasen (Tea whisk)
Chasen is to make a tea that is usually made of bamboo. This is something you can’t really substitute for anything. For Koicha (strong tea: using a lot of amount of matcha powder that turns to be the sticky kind of quality), the one with used and for Usucha (weak tea: using relatively a less amount of matcha powder that turns to be watery compared to Koicha), is used. The thicker whisk is used while the less thick one is used for
Always handle it with care not to damage the
Make sure you wash it with water or lukewarm water after use. Never use the washing detergent which damages the
There are many varieties of
The three tools we’ve shown above are essential and they can be substituted by other stuff except for the
Tea whisk holder
Perhaps you might want to have this since the chasen can rest well on this one after use and it helps the chasen to keep its shape for a longer period of time.
It’s not absolute, but comes very handy that makes the end product quality higher for sifting matcha powder in advance.
Yuzamashi (a wastewater bowl, also known as “Koboshi”)
It is also called “Yukoboshi” that is used for containing the discarded water after rinsing the
Chakin (a piece of white cloth)
Chakin is to wipe off the Chawan and another piece of cloth used to wipe off Chasen and Natsume (container for powdered tea) is called “Fukusa”. But as a beginner, you don’t have to worry about them. They are used in a tea ceremony that is sort of performing arts to entertain guests.
Fukusa (a piece of cloth)
Where to Buy Matcha Tea Set
There are several excellent stores you can buy your first
Well, quite frankly, you go to Amazon and type in ” Matcha tea set”, you can get loads of selection of them. As long as they have a decent bowl and tea whisk, any of them will do for a starter. If you already have
Also, you can visit other physical tea stores if you happen to be in Tokyo.
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How to Prepare Matcha – Matcha Tea Set
Here’s a good video which shows you how to prepare matcha yourself. You’ll figure out it’s not really difficult.
Scoop up the amount
２. Preparing warm water
If you are in a country where soft water is attainable, use it for your
Whatever water you use, you need to boil it before use.
Amount of matcha powder… 1 teaspoon (spoonful) or 2 chashaku (bamboo tea scoop) = 1.5g
Amount of warm water… about 70cc
The Water Temperature… 70-80℃ You can achieve this by transferring hot water into the other cup (one time in winter and two times in
４. How to make a matcha
You start stirring at the bottom very slowly to disperse
Did you ever wonder why you have to make froth? Well, you don’t really have to. Making froth makes the
We recommend you eat some sweets before you enjoy your
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If you ever have prepared and joined some tea ceremony, you know that gives you meditative moments and clears your mind. As Japanese tea house architecture is made for that reason, detaching you from the outer world to relatively a small room that enables you to concentrate whatever happens in that room or on your mind. Once you are hooked preparing
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How do you enjoy your matcha? Any music you play along with preparing or drinking matcha or any ritual goes with your matcha preparing? Let us hear from you about your own unique experience of preparing matcha yourself.