Aesthetically pleasing photos of frothy traditional Matcha seem to be everywhere these days, but how exactly do you make it? And how do you get that creamy layer of froth? Believe it or not, it’s easier than you may think. Making a perfect bowl of Matcha can seem a bit intimidating at first, but it’s actually quite simple once you get acquainted with the accessories needed. Here’s how:

  1. Place two bamboo scoops (appx 1/2-1 tsp) of Matcha into a small hand sifter over the bowl.
  2. Sift the Matcha into the bowl to avoid clumps from forming in the tea (sifting optional, but strongly recommended).
  3. Add 2-3 oz. (less than 1/3rd of the bowl) of pre-boiling (~180F/80C) water to the bowl.
  4. Using a bamboo whisk, whisk the tea briskly in an "m" or "w" motion, without touching the bottom or sides of the bowl. This whisking process aerates the tea, creating a nice frothy layer on the surface.
  5. Gently rub the surface with the bamboo whisk to rid the froth of any large air bubbles.
  6. Add up to 6 oz. of hot water to taste (optional).
  7. Enjoy!

 

Here are some important tips to remember:

  • Water volume: Don’t add more than 3 oz. of hot water before whisking—adding too much water will prevent the tea from frothing. Only add more water after the layer of froth is created.
  • Water temperature: Boiling water should be avoided to preserve the smooth, mild taste of Matcha. Using boiling water will release the tannins in the tea, causing the tea to become bitterer.
  • New whisk: Soak new whisks in hot water before use. This helps the prongs open up, while ridding the whisk of its bamboo aroma.
  • Used whisk: Place your used (and rinsed) whisk on a whisk holder to keep the shape and prevent molding.

 

 

Make sure to store your Matcha in the fridge or freezer away from any items with a strong odor, and keep away from moisture or light. This will ensure your Matcha will be stored for optimal freshness. And that’s it! Not too difficult once you know what to do with the accessories. To learn more about Matcha accessories, click here. If you’re more of a visual learner, you can watch our “how to make Matcha” video here!

Happy whisking!