How to make traditional Japanese matcha tea at home


Method

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1. Pour hot water into the matcha bowl. Briefly soak the whisk in hot water for 30 seconds to 1 minute to soften the bristles. Discard the water and the towel, dry the bowl.

2. Sift 2g matcha through a sieve into a bowl (2 chashaku scoops or 1 standard teaspoon).

3. Prepare 80C/176F hot water. Add 1 tablespoon of hot water, about 10 ml, to prepare the matcha. Using a bamboo whisk, mix gently and create a smooth paste until the lumps are dissolved.

4. Add the remaining 60 ml of lukewarm water or milk of your choice. For a matcha latte version, replace the water with a milk of your choice.

5. Stir gently, then whisk rapidly in a quick zigzag motion for 1 minute until frothy. Drink immediately from the bowl and enjoy.

Note: If you don’t have a matcha bowl, you can use a ceramic bowl with a wide bottom base, which has room for the whisking action. If you don’t have a bamboo whisk, you can use an electric whisk, but be careful as the metal can leave scratches on your bowl.

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