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Making matcha requires a little effort, but a little effort pays off! Matcha is not brewed in tea bags, and the tea is not made from leaves, but is dissolved in water as a powder. The end result is smooth and the taste is perfect.
Follow our instructions and enjoy the tea experience with matcha. At the end of the article, we will give you tips on which kitchen utensils you can use to make tea successfully, if you do not own traditional preparation utensils.
You will need:
A flat bowl or mug
1 cup matcha (e.g. Riku Matcha )
3 dl boiled water
- Heat the water to boiling. Pour half into the container you are using and let it heat up. Also put Chase in the water to soften. Allow the rest of the water to cool for about 2 minutes so that the temperature drops to around 80 degrees.
- Pour the water out of the container and dry it carefully so that the matcha powder does not settle to the bottom. Measure matcha powder into a bowl. You can sift the powder if you want.
- Pour a small amount of water in a bowl over the matcha powder. Start mixing with the chasen until the powder and water are mixed evenly.
- Add the rest of the water. With the amount of water, you can define how strong matcha you want! Use a little water for strong tea and more for mild.
- Whisk the tea quickly back and forth with the chasen until a creamy foam forms on the surface.
Avoid touching the edges of the container with the chasen to avoid damaging it. Enjoy immediately.
Tip! You can prepare the matcha in a separate container and then pour it into your favorite mug. Also heat the serving dish with hot water.
Tools for making tea
Chasen is a slightly bell-shaped whisk made of bamboo. Its main function is to remove lumps and foam the surface of the tea. An ordinary whisk is also suitable for this purpose, as well as a milk frother. In an emergency, a fork will do the trick, although it may not create as delicious a foam.
The measure is made of bamboo and resembles a miniature hockey stick. It is traditionally used to measure the amount of powder. With a teaspoon, one measure is 0.25 tsp.
With the matcha measuring spoon, you dose just the right amount of powder.
No tools? No worries
If you don't want to get all the tools needed for the production right away, you can easily replace them with tools from every home. You get good tea, even if some of the traditions of production are left out.
Store matcha properly
Once you've opened a packet of matcha and tasted the ground tea, you'll definitely want to store it properly. Thus, the tea pleasure lasts longer and is just as tasty every time. Follow these easy ways to preserve your tea as well as possible.
Matcha green tea is sold as a powder. When you open the package, you may notice that the green tea powder is sensitive to dust. In addition, a package left open leaves the flavors of the tea at the mercy of air and moisture. So always close the container as tightly as possible after each use. That way, the treat won't escape.
Out of the sun
The most important thing is to keep the tea jar away from direct sunlight. Even if the storage container is tightly closed, exposure to the sun evaporates the aromas of the matcha effectively. The best way is to place it in a cabinet with a door.
In the cold and at room temperature
If you are storing matcha for a while before using it for the first time, store the unopened package in the refrigerator. The tea lasts longer in the cold. After the first opening, room temperature is just as suitable for storage, because a tea packet opened in the refrigerator will probably just absorb the aromas of other foods.
The kitchen is not ideal
The kitchen would seem like a natural place to store tea, but it has its own problems. Spices and other foodstuffs are stored in the kitchen, the flavors of which can inadvertently stick to the powdered tea as well. A die-hard tea enthusiast prefers to put a matcha packet on a bookshelf.
By following these tips, you will ensure that the matcha retains its flavor until the last cup of tea. Green tea usually lasts about a year after it has been brewed. But of course shelf life also depends on how often you try not to make a hot, frothy cup of matcha!