I’ve been having some issues with a bit of bitterness the last couple of times I’ve prepared this matcha, which is really weird because I’ve been doing everything exactly the same. When I figure out the issue, I’ll post an update.

By the way, I got a nice tea thermometer for Christmas, so now I can get more accurate temperatures. I thought I had been steeping this at about 180 F, but it turns out it’s more like 170 or 165. So much for Den’s Tea’s method of cooling in 20-degree increments by pouring the water into a cup before adding it to the tea in the bowl I use for matcha. Maybe I need thinner cups or something.

165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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I’ve been in love with tea since I discovered the awesomeness of loose-leaf tea about four years ago.

In general, I prefer black, green, oolong, and matcha teas. I’m not a big fan of flavoured teas, but every so often I come across one I like. I also like peppermint, but that’s about it for tisanes.

I recently tried matcha for the first time, and it’s seriously growing on me.

My favourite tea accessory is my chasen holder, hence my profile pic, and my favourite teaware is the shudei kyusu I got from Den’s Tea for 99 cents. I use it both for cooling water and steeping tea. Probably the best 99 cents I’ve spent. :)


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