Learn how to make the perfect cup of matcha
TOP TIPS ON MAKING THE PERFECT CUP OF OMGTea
1. Use a good quality matcha!
A puff of vibrant green powder with a sweet grassy aroma indicates that you’ve opened a good tin of matcha. Don’t bother with matcha made anywhere but Japan.
2. Have the right equipment.
You don’t need all the fancy tools used for tea ceremony, but you do need a matcha bamboo whisk (chasen) and a bowl or wide teacup that allows plenty of room for whisking. A tea strainer is also useful but not essential.
3. Use hot water not boiling water.
Even if you want to make iced matcha or a matcha latte, the tea will dissolve best in hot water – Boil some water, then warm the bowl with a little hot water and then pat it dry.
4. Get the right ratio.
1 gram of powder (use the teaspoon provided for a 1 gram serving) to a half to two thirds bowl/cup of water makes the perfect cup.
5. Whisk vigorously.
Once the matcha powder is in the bowl add a small amount of hot not boiling water (no more than 80degrees c) and whisk back and forth in a zig-zag with the bamboo whisk lightly touching the bottom of the bowl/cup to create a smooth paste and then add more water and whisk again. When the tea is thoroughly mixed with the water and frothy drink it right away. If you sift the matcha through a tea strainer you can just add all the water and whisk.