Do I need a whisk to enjoy and prepare my matcha at home?
One of the questions we get very often is “How do I prepare my matcha at home?” and “Do I really need that whisk?” The answer is not a simple “yes or no” but rather an “it depends.”
Understanding the Traditional Whisk
Traditional matcha is prepared with a bamboo whisk, called a chasen. This whisk is carved from one piece of bamboo and is uniquely designed to aggravate the finely ground tea leaves until they are fully suspended. Using a brisk “W” or “M” motion, you simply mix your matcha and water in your bowl (called a chawan) until the matcha is frothy and thus suspended. (NOTE: because matcha is the entire tea leaf ground up finely, it will not entirely dissolve. Once mixed, some settling may occur.)
Why use a bamboo whisk, when I have a metal whisk at home?
Since matcha is ground very fine, it has a tendency to clump up when exposed to liquids. A traditional bamboo whisk has many more prongs than a standard baking whisk which helps suspend and separate the matcha quickly, without clumps. We also recommend sifting matcha before use for the smoothest cup possible.
Although we feel traditional matcha preparation lends the best experience, not all of us have time, or want to invest in additional tools to make a cup at home.
Here are some easy ways to prepare matcha on the go
Those are just some of our favorite way to prepare matcha without a whisk. But why stop there? You could always…
Remember, these are just some of the many ways that you can prepare and enjoy matcha at home without your own chasen. Matcha is an amazing and versatile stone ground tea that can be prepared in so many simple ways. Have other matcha questions? Don't hesitate to reach out or, post a comment below!
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