Matcha is an ancient Japanese green tea that has developed rituals in its preparation. Over the years, the preparation of Matcha has evolved into the Japanese Tea Ceremony with its elaborate style and symbolism. Westerners are fascinated by the elaborate artform and zen like ceremony of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Practitioners spend years perfecting their skill to master the ritual.
Our 3 piece Matcha set includes a classic matcha bowl or Chawan in Japanese. The bowl is wide and deep allowing the matcha to be fully mixed. The bowl is handmade from clay which is then fired in a kiln to set. Firing clay is the process which transforms the clay into a hard ceramic with the application of intense heat over time in a kiln. After the bowl cools, a lead-free glaze is applied and the bowl undergoes a second firing in the kiln. The resulting bowl is evaluated for crack and flaws. The high heat of the kiln often damages the bowls but sometimes creates hard to duplicate beautiful colors and textures
The bamboo whisk is called a Chasen in Japanese and is the essential tool used to mix the Matcha green tea powder into the hot water. The whisk is made from a single piece of bamboo which was slit vertically 80 times. Because bamboo is flexible, it is an ideal material to make a whisk. The bamboo offers the perfect balance of firmness and flexibility to work the Matcha from powder into a tea. Using the whisk is a balance of technique and ritual.
The bamboo scoop is also included as a bonus with this set. The scope is also made of bamboo and is the perfect complement to the whisk. The scope is used to transfer your matcha powder from its container into the matcha bowl. One scope is approximately 3/4 of a teaspoon. The easiest way to prepare Matcha is to mix approximately 1/2 teaspoon of Matcha in to a puddle of hot water and use to whisk to mix and dissolve the Matcha into a watery paste. Then add more hot water and whisk until a foamy top is created. The traditional way is to drink it directly from the bowl.16 Ounce Bowl
We generally ship via US Postal Service first class or priority mail This service can be a quick as overnight and up to 3 days in the lower 48. They even deliver on Saturdays. For 9 ounces and up the postage is $4.99 - a great value considering the price of gas and your valuable time. Since most teas are $3.50 an ounce, 10 ounces of tea will get you free shipping.
Please contact us for other locations. We can quote you shipping.
1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. Fluffy leaves like some Oolongs, use 2 teaspoons. For stronger tea use more tea.
There is no hard and fast rules on steeping except over steeping may make tea bitter. If you are unsure, try cooler water and shorter steeping times.
Below are general steeping instructions. For best results, follow the steeping instructions that came with your tea.
To estimate water temperature use a thermometer or wait a 2-3 minutes after the water stops boiling. Then the water temperature should be about 165- 185 F. You can gauge water temperature by looking at the bubbles forming at the bottom of the tea kettle. When pin size bubbles form, the water temperature is about 185F. To take the guess work out of water temperatures, try our electric tea kettle.
|Tea Type||Steeping Temperature||Steeping Time|
|White Tea||170-185 F||1-3 minutes|
|Green Tea||170-185 F||2-3 minutes|
|Oolong Tea||170-190 F||2-3 minutes|
|Black Tea||200-212 F||3-5 minutes|
|Tisanes||212 F||4-7 minutes|
Fruit and herbal teas are also referred to as tisanes.