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I’ve been enjoying my Kiri no Mori matcha for the last couple months iced, hot, and mixed together with powdered sencha (not bad!), but after receiving my first chawan as a birthday gift from my wonderful fiancée, I finally had an excuse to get a chasen and do things right. I rushed out and picked up a cheap 80-prong whisk to practice with, and I can finally say it’s worth every penny.

I’m just “OK” at mixing up my matcha, but my fiancée is amazing at getting a delicious, thick froth with the Kiri no Mori. I add two sifted scoops of matcha and about 2-4oz of water to my preheated chawan, and she uses her magic touch to feverishly whisk up a tasty froth. I’m a little paranoid of scratching up the bottom of my chawan (even though I soak my chasen beforehand), but she has no problem saying just above the bottom of the bowl to get the perfect foam. It’s similar to the brew I previously concocted with a milk frother/whisk, but MUCH creamier and more uniform — there’s just something special about sipping on seafoam!

So far, I’m incredibly pleased with the Kiri no Mori. Its taste and aroma are somewhat mild, but I love the way it retains its mellow sweetness in any preparation. It really is a wonderful beginner’s matcha.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I want a matcha whisk (and bowl to) sooo badly, but they’re just too expensive *sighs

Cole

Haha! Well, depending on where you get your equipment from (and if you do it all in a combo), you can save a little money. I started out with the matcha and a scoop (chashaku) and slowly added on the extras, but I know I’ve seen complete kits for between $30-$40 on Yuuki-Cha and eBay.

You can mix the matcha well with an electric milk frother, but the foam is somewhat fleeting. I don’t think I could go back now that I’ve had properly whisked matcha! :)

Indigobloom

agh, even that is beyond my budget, for the moment. Dentist bills, and bridesmaid duties have taken up my tea budget for a few months. Well, I know what’ll be on my christmas wish list!

Indigobloom

I LOVE watching the tea baristas make matcha… it can put me in a trance if I’m not careful haha

Jesse Örö

I’ve often found the more affordable matchas to be too bitter and strong for my taste, would you say this isn’t bitter?

Cole

I dont find it to be very bitter at all, but I’m not using it for koicha or anything. I’d say it’s rather smooth!

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Indigobloom

I want a matcha whisk (and bowl to) sooo badly, but they’re just too expensive *sighs

Cole

Haha! Well, depending on where you get your equipment from (and if you do it all in a combo), you can save a little money. I started out with the matcha and a scoop (chashaku) and slowly added on the extras, but I know I’ve seen complete kits for between $30-$40 on Yuuki-Cha and eBay.

You can mix the matcha well with an electric milk frother, but the foam is somewhat fleeting. I don’t think I could go back now that I’ve had properly whisked matcha! :)

Indigobloom

agh, even that is beyond my budget, for the moment. Dentist bills, and bridesmaid duties have taken up my tea budget for a few months. Well, I know what’ll be on my christmas wish list!

Indigobloom

I LOVE watching the tea baristas make matcha… it can put me in a trance if I’m not careful haha

Jesse Örö

I’ve often found the more affordable matchas to be too bitter and strong for my taste, would you say this isn’t bitter?

Cole

I dont find it to be very bitter at all, but I’m not using it for koicha or anything. I’d say it’s rather smooth!

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