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Matcha, the vibrant green powdered tea, has gained immense popularity for its unique flavor and numerous health benefits. Whisking matcha is an essential step in preparing a perfect cup, ensuring a frothy and smooth beverage. Here’s how to whisk matcha the traditional way!

Whisked matcha in a bowl next to matcha powder, bamboo whisk, and teaspoon.

If you’re new to making matcha teas or matcha lattes, you may be wondering what’s the best way to mix it to get a delicious cup of matcha. Although you can make matcha without a whisk, a traditional bamboo whisk not only makes it easy to prepare but also transforms the matcha into the perfect frothy concoction.

Follow these simple steps to achieve matcha perfection and elevate your tea-drinking experience!

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How to whisk matcha

Choose Quality Matcha

Begin with high-quality ceremonial-grade matcha . The quality of your matcha greatly influences the taste and texture of your final cup so make sure you have a good quality green tea powder. Ceremonial matcha is best for drinking as it has a smoother flavor compared to culinary grade.

A small bowl of matcha powder.

Select the Right Tools

Gather your tools—a bamboo matcha whisk (chasen), a matcha bowl (chawan), and a bamboo scoop (chashaku). These tools are designed to enhance the whisking process. If you had to choose just one, the most essential tool is the bamboo chasen. This traditional matcha tool allows you to make the perfect cup of matcha tea with nice froth every time.

Measure the Matcha

Use the bamboo scoop to measure the desired amount of matcha powder, typically 1 to 2 teaspoons, into the matcha bowl. If you don’t have a matcha bowl, any small bowl will work.

Add Hot Water

Heat water to approximately 175°F (80°C). Pour about 2-3 ounces (70-100ml) of hot water into the bowl. The ideal ratio is typically 1:1.5 to 1:2 matcha to water, but you can adjust based on your preference. 

Whisk in a W-shape Motion

For proper whisking, hold the matcha bamboo whisk at a slight angle and briskly whisk in a W-shaped motion or zigzag pattern, ensuring you cover the entire surface until a frothy layer forms. You can also whisk back and forth or side to side but avoid whisking in a circular motion or it won’t foam properly.

Matcha being mixed in a small bowl with arrows showing the "W" pattern for whisking.
Arrows show the “W” pattern for whisking.

Whisking Technique

Keep the whisk close to the bottom of the bowl, making quick and steady movements. The goal is to create a creamy froth while fully incorporating the matcha powder and water. Before careful not to push your whisk too hard against the bottom of the bowl or it might break. Just use enough pressure to lightly scrape the bottom to get any matcha that has sunken down mixed in.

Froth Check

Lift the whisk to inspect the froth. A well-whisked matcha should have a thick froth on top, resembling the consistency of cappuccino foam. 

Frothy matcha tea in a small bowl.

Serve and Enjoy

Add 6 more ounces of hot water or steamed milk to the bowl and whisk again to combine. Pour the whisked bowl of matcha into a cup and your matcha is now ready to be enjoyed!

Clean and Maintain Your Tools

Rinse your matcha bowl and whisk immediately after use to maintain their quality. You can also add hot water to the bowl and whisk back and forth that way to clean it. No need for soap, hot water works well enough and is more gentle on the bamboo. Gently pat the whisk dry and store it properly to preserve its shape using a matcha whisk holder.

A bamboo whisk drying on a bamboo whisk holder.

With the right matcha and tools, you can master the art of whisking. Incorporate this simple and effective whisking technique into your daily matcha routine, and enjoy your creamy cup of matcha tea!

How to serve matcha

Matcha tea is great served is great served on its own, but it’s also a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into a variety of delicious and creative dishes!

Matcha latte in a mug.

Here are some serving ideas to enjoy matcha beyond a traditional cup of tea: 

  • Matcha Latte: Make a creamy and comforting matcha latte by whisking matcha powder with hot water until frothy and then adding steamed milk. You can sweeten it with a sweetener of your choice like honey or agave syrup. 
  • Matcha Smoothie: Blend matcha powder with your favorite fruits, yogurt, and a bit of sweetener to create a refreshing matcha smoothie. Add ice for a cool and invigorating drink. 
  • Matcha Flavored Ice Cream: Make matcha-flavored ice cream by incorporating matcha powder into your ice cream base during the preparation process. For a dairy-free option, try adding a teaspoon of matcha powder to this banana nice cream!
  • Matcha Overnight Oats: Stir matcha powder into your overnight oats mixture along with your choice of milk or yogurt. Let it sit in the refrigerator overnight for a nutritious and energizing breakfast. 
  • Matcha Chia Pudding: Mix matcha powder with coconut milk, chia seeds, and a sweetener of your choice. Allow the mixture to set in the refrigerator to create a delicious and nutritious matcha chia pudding. 
  • Matcha Baked Goods: Incorporate matcha powder into various baked goods like cookies, muffins, cakes, or scones to impart a delightful green tea flavor. Adjust the amount of matcha based on the desired intensity. Culinary grade matcha works best for baked goods since it has a stronger flavor.
  • Matcha Energy Bites: Combine matcha powder with ingredients like dates, nuts, and shredded coconut to make energy bites. Matcha powder would be a great addition to these bliss ball bites for a healthy and energizing snack. 
  • Matcha Iced Tea: Prepare a strong matcha concentrate and serve it over ice for a refreshing and revitalizing iced matcha tea. You can sweeten it with syrup if desired. 
  • Matcha Bubble Tea: Create a delicious matcha milk tea using matcha powder and serve with chewy tapioca pearls!
Matcha bubble tea in a glass with tapioca balls at the bottom.

Matcha vs regular green tea

Both matcha and regular green tea may come from the same Camellia sinensis plant, but they differ in preparation, flavor, and benefits! 

Matcha

Preparation: Matcha involves whisking finely ground powder in hot water, creating a suspension.

Production: Grown in shade, the leaves are stone-ground into a fine powder, retaining all nutrients. 

Flavor: Intensely bold and rich, a full-bodied taste due to consuming the whole leaf with earthy and sweet undertones.

Benefits: Packed with antioxidants, boosts metabolism, enhances focus, and provides a gentle energy lift

Green Tea

Preparation: Green tea leaves are steeped in hot water then removed before consuming the liquid.

Production: Leaves are pan-fired or steamed, then rolled and dried to preserve their form. 

Flavor: Fresh, grassy, and slightly bitter, the taste varies based on processing and region. 

Benefits: While some nutrients are lost during steeping, green tea still offers an array of health benefits including antioxidants, weight management, heart health, and boost overall well-being

Whether you savor the rich, frothy matcha or enjoy the classic appeal of green tea leaves, both offer unique flavors and health advantages. Choose what suits your taste and wellness preferences!

Frequently asked questions

Can I use a regular whisk for matcha?

While a regular metal whisk can incorporate the powder into a liquid, the typical frothiness is not easy to achieve with a standard whisk. Additionally, metal can impact the flavor of matcha. If you need a matcha whisk alternative, you can whisk with a silicone whisk or try these other ways to make matcha without a whisk.

Can I use a mason jar to whisk matcha?

While a mason jar can be used to shake or mix matcha, it may not be the most efficient tool for whisking matcha in the traditional manner. Whisking matcha traditionally involves using a bamboo whisk called a chasen to achieve a frothy and smooth consistency. However, in a pinch the shaking method will work. Add your matcha and water to the jar, seal it well, then shake until the matcha is incorporated and no lumps remain.

Frothy matcha is now achievable at home with a little warm water and a bamboo matcha whisk! With the proper technique for how to whisk matcha, you can have a matcha latte or tea ready in just a few minutes. 

Whisked matcha in a bowl next to matcha powder, bamboo whisk, and teaspoon.

How to Whisk Matcha

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Author: Rachel
Whisking matcha is an essential step in preparing a perfect cup, ensuring a frothy and smooth beverage. Here's how to whisk matcha the traditional way!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Measure one teaspoon of matcha powder into a matcha bowl (chawan) or small bowl.
    1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • Heat water to approximately 175°F (80°C). Pour about 2-3 ounces (70-100ml) of hot water into the bowl. Reserve the rest of the hot water for later.
    8 ounces hot water
  • Using a matcha bamboo whisk, briskly whisk in a W-shaped motion or zigzag pattern, ensuring you cover the entire surface until a frothy layer forms for about 20-30 seconds.
  • Once you have a good foam layer, add the rest of the hot water and whisk again to combine.
  • Pour your matcha into a cup or mug and enjoy!

Notes

Make it a latte: Instead of adding the rest of the water, use steamed milk into to create a matcha latte.

Nutrition

Calories: 12kcal | Protein: 2g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
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