Matcha is a type of green tea made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
The leaves are ground into a fine powder, which is then mixed with hot water to make a frothy, green tea.
Here is how to prepare a traditional cup of matcha tea:
- Start by placing one teaspoon of matcha powder into a tea bowl. If your matcha is clumpy, then you can sift it through a fine mesh strainer. This will help ensure a smooth consistency.
- Next, heat some water in a kettle or on the stove until it reaches around 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid boiling the water, as this can affect the flavor of the tea.
- Pour a small amount of the hot water into the bowl with the matcha powder, and use a bamboo whisk (chasen) to whisk the mixture until it becomes frothy and smooth.
- Once the matcha is smooth and frothy, pour the remaining hot water into the bowl and whisk again until fully combined.
- Your matcha tea is now ready to be enjoyed. You can serve it in a traditional tea bowl (chawan), or in a regular cup or mug.
Optional: Some people like to add a small amount of sweetener, such as honey or sugar, to their matcha tea. This is entirely a matter of personal preference, so feel free to add a little sweetness if you like.
It’s important to note that matcha tea is traditionally prepared using specific tools, such as a bamboo whisk and a tea bowl. While these tools are not absolutely necessary, they can help to enhance the flavor and overall experience of drinking matcha tea.