December 18, 2013

How to Make Matcha, Usucha Style

Last week I had the pleasure of tasting five Japanese green teas at Ippodo Tea Company.  The first tea was a matcha.

The matcha was prepared using the tools above: a chasen (whisk), chasen-tate (whisk stand), chashaku (tea ladle), strainer, and tea bowl with serving spout.

The hot water for the tea was ladled from this majestic pot.

The matcha was prepared usucha style, quickly whisking the matcha and water for 10-15 seconds.  Beyond 15 seconds, the tea will be bitter.

You can buy a matcha starter kit at the NYC store or order a kit online from the Kyoto store.

I will post a detailed review of my experience at Ipppodo next week - stay tuned!

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