Preparation & Storage

"How do I prepare matcha and do I need any special tools?"

Unlike traditional loose teas where the tea leaves are steeped, then discarded, with matcha the entire tea leaf is ground into a fine powder and then consumed. Because of this, there are several different ways to prepare matcha. Matcha is a versatile, antioxidant boosting ingredient that can be added to your favorite recipes, blended into a smoothie, made into a latte or whisked up with some water.

A NOTE ON WATER TEMPERATURE: Because matcha is very delicate, water temperature is VERY important. Water that is too hot will turn the matcha bitter. Keep water temps around 175° F for optimal results. Don't have a thermometer or temperature kettle?

1. Bring water to a boil then pour one cup off into a bowl or mug. From there, transfer the water again to another, room temperature mug or bowl. Transferring the water twice should cool it down to a more optimal temperature.

2. If you can watch the water boil, look for small bubbles that are the size of "shrimp eyes" (about 3mm) up to the size of "crab eyes" that form rapidly and rise to the top. 

Below lists various preparation methods, and what equipment you'll need. For more ideas, visit our recipe page here.

Traditional & Latte Preparation:

Traditional:

1. Sift 1 tsp matcha into a bowl.

2. Add 2 oz of 175° F water.

3. Using a bamboo whisk, whisk in a zig zag motion until frothy. Add 6 more oz of water. 

Hot/Cold Matcha Latte:

Sift 1 tsp of matcha into a bowl, then add 2 oz of 175° F water. Using a bamboo whisk, whisk in a zig zag motion until well blended and frothy. Add 6 oz of warm or cold milk. Sweeten to taste. 

Don't have a bamboo whisk? Our milk frothers work just as well! We recommend adding water first, then matcha, in order to prevent the matcha from sticking on the bottom.

On the go:

Shake it up! 

Add matcha* to a bottle of water, cap tightly and shake vigorously until well blended. Need to make a quick iced latte? Add milk, sweetener, matcha, and ice into a cocktail shaker or well-sealed thermos and shake well to combine. 

*We recommend using these options for our premium line of matcha which includes all of the flavored blends. Our ceremonial grade is ground much finer and may have more clumping without sifting before-hand.

Spoon method:

Add matcha into a wide cup or bowl and add just enough warm water to make a paste with the back of the spoon. Once paste is nice and smooth, add more water (or milk if making a latte) and stir again.

Smoothie:

Matcha is a great addition to your favorite smoothies! Simply add 1-2 tsp of matcha into your favorite smoothie recipe, blend, and enjoy! 

Ingredient:

Sprinkle matcha on top of fruit, oatmeal, or yogurt for a quick, healthy treat. You can even cook or bake with it. For cooking or baking applications where a variety of other ingredients are mixed in with the matcha, we suggest using our cooking grade for a cost effective option.

 

"How do I keep my matcha fresh?"

If consumed within one month...

Keep matcha in original packaging, or transfer contents into a light-proof, airtight container. Store matcha at room temperature, preferably in a cooler area. Because matcha is the entire tea leaf ground into a fine powder, it oxidizes at a faster rate than most other teas. Consuming our fresh matcha quickly will ensure flavor and quality will not be sacrificed. 

.... 6 months

Just like certain foods keep longer in the refrigerator, matcha is no different. You can store our matcha in the fridge for up to 6 months. Make sure the matcha is in its original packaging or transferred into a lightproof and air tight container. Before use, let matcha come to room temperature before opening to avoid any condensation to enter, causing the matcha to clump. 

... 1 year

Stocking up on your favorite, limited edition blend? No worries! We recommend opening our original packaging and squeezing out as much air as possible so the bag lays flat. (Be careful so you don't lose any matcha!) From there, put our original sealed bag into a freezer bag, wrapping it tightly, and once again squeezing all of the air out. When you are ready to consume the matcha, let the package sit until it comes to room temperature to avoid clumping.