Sharing tips on how to make and whisk a bowl of pure matcha green tea. (With a video tutorial included!)
Whisking a bowl of pure matcha tea is a wonderful way to start the morning.
It took me a little while to get the hang of the whisking motion, but with a few simple tips and some practice, you will have a frothy bowl of green tea goodness in no time.
Tools You'll Need
Preparing ceremonial matcha is quick and easy – just 5 minutes. You will need three simple tools:
- Tea bowl (called a chawan)
- Bamboo whisk (called a chasen)
- Teaspoon or measuring scoop (called a chashaku)
Since you will whisk vigorously to achieve the froth, it is best to use a wide and deep enough bowl. (If you do not have a matcha bowl, a soup bowl works great.)
How to Whisk Matcha (Video)
For a visual tutorial, check out my video here:
Be sure you're using a good quality organic matcha powder. It should be a bright green color. I use ceremonial grade for whisking.
A brand I've had success with in the past is Encha Organic Matcha. It is a farm-to-cup company who sources their tea from a farm in Uji, Japan. (However they did go under new ownership in 2020, and I haven't tried their products since then.)
Visit my Matcha Guide for more information, recipes, and health benefits.
How to Whisk Matcha
- 1 tsp. organic matcha powder (ceremonial grade)
- 5 oz. water (about 2/3 cup)
- Measure 1 teaspoon matcha powder in a tea bowl.*
- Heat 5 oz. water (about 2/3 cup) just under boiling, around 160°F (71°C).
- Carefully pour hot water in the bowl with matcha powder.
- Using a bamboo whisk (holding it vertically from the top) stir a few times to make sure all the matcha clumps are off the bottom and side of the bowl.
- Then whisk very briskly back and forth in a straight line for about 20-30 seconds. (Take care not to scrape the bottom of the bowl with the delicate bamboo prongs.)
- Finish by whisking in a slower zig-zag pattern to calm the waves and create delicate “micro foam”.
- Rinse your whisk, and set it upright on the counter for next time (or on a whisk holder if you have one).