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Preparing Matcha (Japanese Powdered Green Tea)

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“Matcha, powdered green tea, is the centerpiece of the Japanese tea ceremony. However, it is enjoying a wide popularity at the moment because of its rich, intense flavor and its high concentration of antioxidants and vitamins. To prepare matcha in a traditional manner, one needs a tea bowl and a bamboo whisk (chasen). The bamboo whisk is an important part, as the fine bamboo strands help to dissolve the matcha into the water while creating a pleasant, light froth. A regular metal whisk is not fine enough to dissolve the matcha properly.”
READY IN:
5mins
SERVES:
1
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder (per serving)
  • 2 ounces boiling water (per serving)

Directions

  1. Bring freshly drawn, cold water to a boil in a kettle.
  2. When water is at a gentle boil, remove from heat.
  3. Pour water into tea bowl to warm. At this point, you may soften the whisk in the water. When done, pour out the water.
  4. Wipe bowl with clean, dry cloth.
  5. Add 1 tsp (3g) of matcha to the bowl.
  6. Allow water to cool to approximately 120 - 140°F.
  7. Pour 2 oz. of water into the tea bowl.
  8. Whisk the matcha thoroughly and briskly in a back and forth motion until the powder is dissolved. This will take about 1-2 minutes.
  9. Before taking a drink, be sure to look at and appreciate the craftsmanship of the tea bowl you are using.
  10. Hold the bowl with one hand supporting it from below, and one hand holding the sides to turn it.

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