http://www.goodyoung.com.tw/tc/p3-product-detail.asp?PKey=aBWUaB34aBMXaB31 There it is. I can’t get the picture to load.

Now, matcha experts, don’t laugh at my complete “fail.” (Okay, laugh all you want.)

So…after all the matcha love, I decide it’s time to broaden my horizons a little. This inexpensive matcha sports the same label so as my favorite summer love strawberry black tea. So it can’t be bad, right?

I have no proper matcha equipment. Rummaged around the kitchen for an oversized soup mug and (whisk…whisk…whisk…uhh….) a chopstick. Because I don’t read Taiwanese characters, I had no idea about proportions, so I measured out my favorite perfect teaspoonful. And stirred. It looked like liquefied green spackle and tasted like eau de asparagus.

Blech. Straight down the drain.

Too much powder? Advice?

Ineptly yours,

Me

DaisyChubb

uh oh! I think too much powder haha, that sounds intense! And down the drain is a good place for it maybe ;)
I would try maybe 1/2 a teaspoon or even less to start – it can be quite powerful and grassy sometimes. :3 That’s my 2 cents – I think a chopstick would totally do the job (or a fork) ! :)

Hesper June

Ha! this mimics my first taste of Matcha almost exactly.

Michelle

I feel sick to my stomach if I put too little matcha in, as well as too much. But it’s so hard to get right. I’d try maybe 1/2 teaspoon for 8-10oz, like Daisy said. Good luck!

LiberTEAS

First of all… are you sure it is Matcha at all? not all “green tea powder” is actually Matcha in the purest sense, that is, made from the Tencha leaf. Some companies use Japanese Sencha and label it “green tea powder” rather than Matcha, because that’s what it is… green tea powder and not Matcha. The powdered Tencha definitely tastes different than the powdered Sencha.

But don’t despair, even if this is powdered Sencha – it is still tasty when prepared properly, although I wouldn’t gauge my like or dislike for Matcha based upon my like or dislike for powdered Sencha.

A “scoop” of matcha is about the size of an almond… and a general measurement rule of thumb is 1 scoop for just over 1 ounce of water. As far as whisking, I would probably suggest a fork rather than a chopstick only because it would make the job slightly faster (3 – 4 prongs vs 1 chopstick = a bit more whisking ability?)

gmathis

Fork was on my short list…don’t know what madness prompted me not to reach for the most sensible option.

DaisyChubb

Great advice LiberTeas!

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DaisyChubb

uh oh! I think too much powder haha, that sounds intense! And down the drain is a good place for it maybe ;)
I would try maybe 1/2 a teaspoon or even less to start – it can be quite powerful and grassy sometimes. :3 That’s my 2 cents – I think a chopstick would totally do the job (or a fork) ! :)

Hesper June

Ha! this mimics my first taste of Matcha almost exactly.

Michelle

I feel sick to my stomach if I put too little matcha in, as well as too much. But it’s so hard to get right. I’d try maybe 1/2 teaspoon for 8-10oz, like Daisy said. Good luck!

LiberTEAS

First of all… are you sure it is Matcha at all? not all “green tea powder” is actually Matcha in the purest sense, that is, made from the Tencha leaf. Some companies use Japanese Sencha and label it “green tea powder” rather than Matcha, because that’s what it is… green tea powder and not Matcha. The powdered Tencha definitely tastes different than the powdered Sencha.

But don’t despair, even if this is powdered Sencha – it is still tasty when prepared properly, although I wouldn’t gauge my like or dislike for Matcha based upon my like or dislike for powdered Sencha.

A “scoop” of matcha is about the size of an almond… and a general measurement rule of thumb is 1 scoop for just over 1 ounce of water. As far as whisking, I would probably suggest a fork rather than a chopstick only because it would make the job slightly faster (3 – 4 prongs vs 1 chopstick = a bit more whisking ability?)

gmathis

Fork was on my short list…don’t know what madness prompted me not to reach for the most sensible option.

DaisyChubb

Great advice LiberTeas!

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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