Matcha Preparation

The classical Matcha preparation 


Fill a Matcha bowl half full with warm water and put the bamboo brush in the Matcha bowl filled with water for about 10 minutes, so that the bamboo bristles become a little softer for the preparation and do not break later , due to heavily applied pressure.Bambusbesen einweichen

Boil fresh, very soft water. If your tap water is too hard and/or is too high in mineral content, then filtered or sterilised water from bottles is a good substitute. Especially with high-quality Matcha, sterilised mineral water is suited essentially better than tap water.


 

Cool the boiled water to about 80°C. One can open the water cooker and wait for 10 minutes, until the water has the right temperature or simply pour the water about 4 to 5 times into another, cold vessel, as the water loses approx. 4-5°C with every Eine Portion Matchapouring. One can also determine the correct water temperature with a special thermometer (http://www.matchashop.de/thermometer). This is especially helpful, if one wants to attain an exact temperature. The taste of the Matcha is always a little different according to water temperature. The water should never be hotter than 80°C, however, a Matcha can be also prepared with 60°C or 70°C hot water (one can also stir Matcha into cold water, but then it does not foam so intensively).

Take out the bamboo brush from its water bed and pour out the water from the bowl (or water the plants with it:-)).
 
Add about 1 up to 2 gram Matcha (1-2 bamboo spoons or about 1 level teaspoon) into a Matcha bowl. If the Matcha has already formed small lumps in the storage can due to air moisture, one can sieve the powder with a small kitchen sieve into the Matcha bowl. However, the lumps will also be dissolved in the next preparation steps anyway.
 
Add a small amount of cold or warm water to the Matcha in the bowl and stir the Matcha together with the water with the bamboo brush to a thick paste. The consistency should be like that of a roux or a very creamy sauce. The paste should be” stirred” , until there are no more lumps.. 

Add the remaining water to the Matcha bowl so that it is, at most, half full.
 
Now beat the Matcha with the bamboo brush to a froth. Here, the bamboo brush should be moved quickly in an “M” figure in the bowl; stirring the brush in a circular motion does not distribute the Matcha powder as well in the water and the foam formation is essentially better when beating in an “M” figure. The beating should be relaxed, quick and easy from the wrist. This lasts approx. 15 seconds. For the first couple of times, it will probably not work so well and the foam will not form as expected. Here also, it is true: Practice makes perfect:-) !


You will find a video on the preparation behind this Link or here:


Matcha preparation, a change of style

Sometimes, you don‘t have the time nor the desire to feel like prepare Matcha as “extravagantly” as described above. You can also add about 1-2 gram Matcha in a normal drinking glass or a cup, add water and prepare with an electric “Matcha foamer”. By this method possible lumps do not dissolve as well as when the bamboo brush is used, however, the effect of the Matcha is not impaired. However, it is still also very important that the water must not be hotter than 80°C .


Where one can still use Matcha

Matcha can not only be stirred into water as per the classic method. Try to stir Matcha into juice, like for example pineapple juice or fresh orange juice or into milk (unskimmed milk, rice milk, soy milk etc.). However, you should not stir the Matcha here with the bamboo brush. An electric “Matcha foamer” is suited better for juice or milk, in order to distribute the Matcha powder well into the liquid.
Matcha is also suited as an ingredient in foodstuffs. Instead of cocoa, simply add Matcha powder to marble cake. Pep up desserts like, for example, vanilla-cream with Matcha. It doesn’t just look interesting, there is also a tasty kick to all dishes. For this, the cooking and baking qualities of Matcha are perfect.

And Matcha is an ideal ingredient for Smoothies. The healthy ingredients of the Matcha are an ideal enrichment for fruit or vegetable smoothies. You will find Matcha for Smoothies in our column “Matcha for Smoothies

You will find many other ideas and tips about what you can do with Matcha and where Matcha can be used in our Matcha books or on the Recipe page at www.matcha.de.

P.S.: According to our experience, the taste of the Matcha with vegan products is more intensive than with products from animal production (for example, with a Matcha latte with almond milk instead of cow‘s milk).

 


In early 2015, the German Press Agency worked with us to produce videos about matcha.

The first video vividly explains how to prepare matcha in the classic way:



 


The second video shows alternatives to classic matcha preparation:


 


If you have any further questions about how to prepare matcha, please visit us at the matchashop Berlin. We are always happy to assist you!