Matcha Tea

Make matcha tea at home

Special Equipment

  • A whisk. It is recommended to use a special bamboo whisk (called a chasen, 茶筅 in Japanese), in order to get the best results, however a small whisk will work as a substitute.
  • A small, flat bottomed bowl. Again, there are specialist matcha bowls (called a chawan, 茶碗 in Japanese) which produce the best results; however you can use a similar shaped bowl.

Matcha has been linked to many health benefits due to its high level of antioxidants and energy boosting qualities. To get the best, tastiest matcha tea at home requires a little bit of prep, but it’s worth it. Matcha powder is available at most health stores, specialty tea stores, or Asian Supermarkets.

Process (for 1 serving)

Step 1

Place 1-2 teaspoons of matcha powder into the bowl.

Step 2

Add 2 fl oz (60ml) of hot water to the bowl. For best results do not use boiling water.

Step 3

Whisk the mixture quickly in a “W” or zigzag motion so that it froths and the surface is covered in small bubbles. Note: If you are not using a bamboo whisk, it may not froth as well as matcha tea you might have seen online or in stores.

Step 4

The tea is drinkable now, straight from the bowl or poured into a Price & Kensington cup. Note: it can be a very strong, intense flavor. Adding more hot water to dilute the tea, if desired.

Matcha Latte

As we said above, the matcha flavor can be an intense, acquired taste. Matcha lattes can be a delicious way to enjoy a smoother, more relaxed flavor. The equipment required is the same as above, with the addition of milk and sugar.

Process (for 1 serving)

Step 1

Place 1 -2 teaspoons of matcha powder into the bowl, along with 1 – 2 teaspoons of sugar (to taste).

Step 2

Add only a few drops of hot water to the bowl. Whisk this until the matcha becomes a smooth green paste with no lumps.

Step 3

Warm around 8½ floz (250ml) of milk in a saucepan (or use cold milk for an iced latte).

Step 4

Add the milk to the paste and whisk together until it is a smooth, light green color.

Step 5

Pour into a Price & Kensington cup (you can pour over ice for an extra cold latte).