Make matcha at home you’ll love so matcha

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

Even without a traditional matcha tea set, you can have an epic green matcha at home!

Now when you think of green matcha tea, your mind might wander to one of two things.

One, a hip and trendy café that has every kind of latte under the sun – who knew there could be a caramelised parsnip latte right?

Ok I kid, but seriously who knows it could be a thing? Let’s just hope we haven’t stooped to that level yet!

Or two, an authentic Japanese tea ceremony where traditional green matcha is being carefully and methodically whisked by a bamboo whisk (otherwise known as a chasen).

Prefer to avoid the hipster crowd and a grossly overpriced ‘matcha tea’ be slid in front of you with a chocolate freckle on the side? Yeah, me too. I’ll pass on that. I think I would prefer to hold out until this pandemic has settled down and book a flight to Kyoto instead. Seriously.

Ok, so I’m going to be straight up here, if you don’t have a chasen, traditional matcha ceremony training or heritage, I’m fairly certain that you aren’t going to be able to replicate the delicately perfected matcha that you would receive in a traditional tea house or ceremony served to you in Japan.

Let’s be real here, it’s probably not going to happen. Right?

But, with a few simple alternate options, I’m going to help you make a pretty darn good matcha at home that will have you thanking your lucky stars you aren’t sitting in a trendy café disappointed somewhere.

So how can you can brew green matcha at home without a chasen (bamboo whisk)? Let me give you a few handy #teatips:

The mason jar glass method:

1. Fill mason jar with 250ml of water (filtered preferred). The water should be 80 degrees C. If you prefer a softer less intense flavour you can use cooler water around 70 degrees C.

2. Put 1-2 teaspoons of (good quality) matcha powder into mason jar with hot water.

3. Put lid on and shake vigorously. *Important #teatip* Pressure can build up in the jar due to the heat and shaking. It is a really good idea to stop every so often to carefully twist open the lid to release the pressure before tightening and shaking again. I tend to open the lid to release the pressure every 5 -7 seconds – I’m sure you could go for longer, but I like to be extra cautious. I love mine with ice!

The hand held milk frother method:

1. Fill a glass or mason jar with 100ml of water at 80 degrees C (filtered preferred).

2. Add 1-2 teaspoons of (good quality) matcha powder.

3. Using the hand held milk frother, froth the tea until a creamier consistency. Gradually add an additional 150ml of water and continue to froth. #teatip I like to start frothing the matcha powder and water with less water to begin with for a creamier consistency.

The stick blender method:

1. Put 250ml of hot water at 80 degrees C (filtered preferred) in a jar or small pot with 1-2 teaspoons of (good quality) matcha powder.

2. Using a stick blender and blitz until creamy

The blender method: (like a nutri-bullet or something similar)

1. Put 250ml of hot water at 80 degrees C (filtered preferred) in a jar or small pot with 1-2 teaspoons of (good quality) matcha powder.

2. Using a blender and blitz until creamy

Whichever method you choose, once you have mixed your matcha to your desired creamy consistency and strength, pour into your favourite mug and enjoy! If you prefer your matcha chilled, you can pour it over a glass of ice. I like to add a dash of oat milk to mine as I love it extra creamy.

If you have a decent Asian supermarket nearby, you may be lucky to be able to pick up a traditional matcha set – you would need a: chasen (bamboo whisk), Chawan (matcha bowl), Chashaku (bamboo Scoop), Black Naoshi (whisk holder), a fine mesh matcha sifter and ceremonial green matcha powder. Generally, you will buy it as a full set, which can be a lot easier than trying to find each item required. Plus it'll be a pretty little set that matches, which is always nice!

You can also find them reasonably priced on Amazon or online. I did some research and have found a few here that look great and are reasonably priced. You can find them here.

*Please note, that I am not an affiliate for any of these companies and do not receive a commission if you purchase anything through external links – just sharing the love with quality products I’ve found and want to share with you all*

So happy matcha making my lovelies!

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Matcha love to you all,

Crystal xox

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