Making a traditional bowl of Matcha may seem a bit intimidating at first, but it’s actually quite simple. In this week’s blog post, the spotlight will be on Matcha accessories, focusing specifically on its purpose and proper usage. Once accustomed to the different types of tools, making a bowl of Matcha can be a calm, unique, and rewarding experience.

Matcha accessories include:

  • Bamboo Scoop
  • Whisk
  • Whisk Holder
  • Hand Sifter
  • Natsume
  • Strainer Can
  • Matcha Bowl

Find all of our Matcha accessories here.

 

     

Bamboo Scoop

This simple tool is used to scoop Matcha from the container into the bowl. One scoop is equivalent to approximately one gram of Matcha. When drinking Matcha the traditional way, it is recommended to use two scoops (about 1/2 teaspoon).

        

Whisk

One of the most well-known Matcha tools is the whisk. Known as the “chasen,” the whisk is made of bamboo and can come in a variety of sizes (80 prongs, 100 prongs, or 120 prongs). It is used to aerate the tea and create a creamy foam layer on the surface, similar to a latte. Before using a new whisk, it is recommended to soak it in hot or boiling water for a few minutes to get rid of the bamboo aroma, while allowing the whisk to unravel.

     

Whisk Holder

The whisk holder, known as the “kuse naoshi,” is a tool that props up the whisk for better drying and storing. This also reduces molding and helps maintain the shape of a whisk. Though a whisk holder is not absolutely required, it significantly extends the life of the whisk and is highly recommended.

     

Hand Sifter

Matcha particles are extremely fine – less than 10 microns (finer than baby powder) – which makes for a smooth drink. However, sometimes small clumps form. These clumps can easily be broken up using a hand sifter.

     

Natsume

If you do not want to sift the Matcha every time, a natsume—or a tea caddy used to hold sifted Matcha— may come in handy. Typically used during traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, this tea accessory is not absolutely necessary, but useful.

     

Strainer Can

The strainer can is convenient for sifting and storing. The top portion of the can features a built in, removable sifter. The finely sifted Matcha particles fall into the bottom portion of the can to be stored. We recommend storing around one week’s worth of sifted Matcha in the refrigerator, and the rest of the Matcha in the freezer.

     

Matcha Bowls

Lastly, Matcha bowls are essential for your experience. Bowls come in three different shapes, which are used according to the season: summer, winter, and year-round. The summer bowl is shallow and features a wide mouth, which allows the Matcha to cool quicker when enjoying on a hot, sunny day. The winter bowl is a deep bowl with a narrow mouth. Designed to retain the heat of the Matcha, this bowl is perfect for a cold winter day. Lastly, there are bowls made for everyday use. Featuring a normal width and depth, this is the perfect bowl for any occasion all year-round.