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Matcha tea is central to Japanese culture. Whether as part of a formal tea ceremony, an ingredient in French-style pastries and desserts – or even savoury noodles – matcha green tea is found on almost every restaurant menu. Matcha tea tastes bitter and earthy, with hints of freshly cut grass. In a tea ceremony you would serve the tea with the contrastingly sweet wasanbon, Japanese sugar sweets. This contrast is why matcha powder is so popular in desserts. 

The most popular style of matcha for drinking is called usucha matcha. You can use half as much water to make a thicker style of matcha tea to serve in a matcha tea ceremony known as koicha. Prepare the matcha green tea powder for drinking in three simple steps:

  1. Measure 2 scoops of matcha powder into a matcha bowl using a matcha spoon, chashaku
  2. Pour over 70ml of hot water and whisk uzing a z-shaped motion until the tea becomes frothy
  3. Drink straight away from the matcha bowl

 

Learn more about matcha in our online matcha guides & recipes:

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    Fabulous culinary grade matcha to colour and flavour mochi, matcha-soba noodles, ice creams and biscuits
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    Exquisite matcha whisk, hand-crafted in Japan
    Exquisite matcha whisk, hand-crafted in Japan
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    Famous Japanese version of a classic chocolate bar
    Famous Japanese version of a classic chocolate bar
  • Premium Matcha Green Tea Powder
    Premium quality matcha powder for drinking or cooking
    Premium quality matcha powder for drinking or cooking
  • Maeda-en Matcha Green Tea Powder
    A high quality matcha powder for drinking or cooking
    A high quality matcha powder for drinking or cooking
  • Lalani Premium Tea Ceremony Quality Matcha
    Premium matcha tea for your own Japanese tea ceremony
    Premium matcha tea for your own Japanese tea ceremony
  • Genmai Cha With Matcha
    Green tea with roasted rice and matcha
    Green tea with roasted rice and matcha
  • Heigen Matcha Tea Bowl
    Stunning stoneware bowl for small Japanese tea ceremonies
    Stunning stoneware bowl for small Japanese tea ceremonies
  • Shinju Matcha Tea Bowl
    Stunning stoneware bowl for small Japanese tea ceremonies
    Stunning stoneware bowl for small Japanese tea ceremonies
  • Yanagi Matcha Tea Bowl
    Stunning stoneware bowl for Japanese tea ceremonies
    Stunning stoneware bowl for Japanese tea ceremonies
  • Matcha Tea Whisk
    For light, frothy matcha tea
    For light, frothy matcha tea
  • Chashaku Matcha Tea Spoon
    Traditional bamboo measuring spoon
    Traditional bamboo measuring spoon
  • Japanese Patisserie
    For the confident home-cook who has an interest in using ingredients such as ...
    For the confident home-cook who has an interest in using ingredients such as yuzu, sesame, miso and matcha
  • Wasanbon Sugar Blossom Sweets
    Served at tea ceremonies, a traditional Japanese accompaniment to matcha
    Served at tea ceremonies, a traditional Japanese accompaniment to matcha
  • Stories from a Tearoom Window
    A timeless collection of tales of the ancient tea sages,
    A timeless collection of tales of the ancient tea sages,
  • Book of Matcha
    Book of Matcha
    £18.99
    Louise Cheadle and Nick Kilby uncover the history behind this phenomenal gree...
    Louise Cheadle and Nick Kilby uncover the history behind this phenomenal green powder,