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Matcha on a Rainy Day

Got home from classes right before rain started pouring heavily outside. I decided to use my leisure time to improve my tea making. I went with matcha this time!

Here is my most recent method of tea making (matcha):


I prepare the chawan(tea bowl) by pouring in a small amount of 100℃ (212°F) water to keep it warm. While waiting for it to be warm, I would set the kettle’s water temperature to 80℃ (176°F). This will be the temperature of the water I pour into the chawan. Once the 80℃ water is ready, I pour out the initial 100℃ and measure out 1 TSP of matcha powder into the chawan. The 80℃ water then gets poured into the chawan for approximately 6 seconds.


I find that sitting down the traditional Japanese way (seiza) helps a lot with the tea making process. As soon as I sit in seiza, I would hold the chawan firmly with my left hand and whisk the matcha powder with the chasen (the name for the whisk) in my right hand. The whisking process takes me roughly 50 seconds. I whisk in the shape of the letter “M”, then finish with whisking in the shape of the Japanese letter “の” three times before ending the whisking motion in the middle of the chawan by lifting the chasen up from its point of contact with the tea.


Thank you very much for taking your time to read this! Please let me know of any thoughts or comments you may have towards my tea making or just about tea in general. I am always looking for ways to improve!

Matcha on a Rainy Day: Service
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