Takeno Jôô (1502-1555) was one of the famous Japanese tea masters. He was responsible for introducing the value of simplicity into Japanese tea practice and formulated the concept of Wabi: “Honesty, prudence and self-restraint, both emotional and material.”
Whilst the price of this Matcha does not exactly reflect the value of self-restraint, it is worth it! We also worked out how many bowls you get from a tin (28) if you prepare it as Usucha. It works out to about 3.50 Euro per serving – which is pretty good we think! Brilliantly green in the bowl, the taste is full, sweet and has just a hint of fresh green peas straight from the pod. As the amount of this rare hand-picked tea produced by Nakanishi family is limited, we advise you to order (or pre-order) soon, it will sell out fast!
To prepare “thin” Matcha (Usucha) in a Matcha Bowl (Chawan):
- Put 1.5 – 2g (2 matcha scoops) into your matcha bowl. If necessary, sieve the matcha into the bowl to remove lumps.
- Add ca. 80 ml of water that has been heated to 70 – 80℃.
- Whisk using your matcha brush until small bubbles appear – your Usucha will have the consistency of a strong espresso with a nice foam on top.
To prepare “thick” Matcha (Koicha) in a Matcha Bowl (Chawan):
- Put 3.5 – 5g (3 heaped matcha scoops) into your matcha bowl. If necessary, sieve the matcha into the bowl to remove lumps.
- Add ca. 20 – 40 ml of water that has been heated to 70 – 80℃.
- Stir the matcha into the water using your matcha brush until it has the consistency of thick, melted chocolate.
Because Matcha in such a highly concentrated form as Koicha takes some getting used to and only real premium qualities reveal their sweet and complex character when prepared this way, we recommend that only the highest-quality teas be prepared as Koicha. Having said that, how you like your tea is down to your individual taste. Although we wouldn’t recommend trying more basic Matcha teas as Koicha, we would recommend preparing the premium quality teas both as Usucha and Koicha to see which style of Matcha you prefer.
Flavoursfull, sweet, fresh green peas
Temperature70 - 80°C
From controlled organic cultivation