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First foray in to the realm of matcha . . . I like it a lot. Been drinking it every day.
Cool! Did you get a whisk and all, or just mixing by some other means? (Macguyver!)
I got the chasen and the chashaku (scoop thing). its awesome. got their noobie sampler too. they’re having a sale on some of their loose teas btw.
That’s really cool… it seems like the only way to really enjoy matcha is to do it properly, and unbelievably (considering how much I like Japanese green tea) I haven’t experienced it yet. I know! The sale is really good, but I think I can resist… I ordered their kuradashi recently, anyway.
Their noobie sampler was great, and I’m sure very effective for them… definitely made me a fan.
yeah the sampler does what its meant to do, i feel i have at least a basic understanding of the different types of japanese green tea now (houjicha, sencha, fukamushi). im liking the looks of the kuradashi a lot.
concerning matcha, the chasen is essential. its a very delicately constructed whisk. other than that im sure one could get away with using any vessel and scooping utensil. the other thing ive been using is a small seive to break up the clumps. i scoop the matcha into the seive and rub it through the screen into the bowl. its really a delicious drink and actually feels healthy. im not really a health nut (everything in moderation) but there is a beautifully rich and clean aspect to the matcha, so much so that its even perceptible in the mental and physical systems. again, i dont put too much stock into it but the feeling is agreeable.
That’s cool to know. When I drink powdered sencha, I do break it up through a sieve, but again, since I don’t have the chasen, have just used a small metal whisk. It works, but I’m sure it actually makes a difference not using the proper too. Some day, probably at a tea house, I’ll try some real matcha made the right way.
I do like how simple it is to prepare though… no timers, thermometers, etc. needed.
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