Matchaeologist — Ceremonial Matcha Kit
Pre Warning — this post is full of pictures as the set Matchaeologist sent me was just too pretty to hold back on.
As an avid tea lover, I also love matcha. In my previous posts I've gone over the benefits; it's unbelievable what this little green powder can do for your body and mind. Talking of green, the freshness of the powdered leaves in the Matsu tin was incredible — I've never seen anything as vivid! Matcha is made up of ground green tea leaves, as opposed to steeping the leaves in water. This means we consume the leaves fully, avoiding leaving any goodness behind in the bottom of the teapot.
Matchaeologist are killing it on social media, with their recipes and awesome photography showing how far you can take this simple tea. Both amazing to look at and great for inspiring new ideas, I can (and have) scroll through their feed for hours.
When I received my little parcel in the post, I was so happy to see the lovely message inside. Opening the box was a full experience, from taking the zip case out of its packaging, to opening it up and seeing the beautiful tools inside.
All of the accessories are beautifully designed, and sit together as the perfect set. With a great balance of traditional and modern styles, the bamboo and glass look really impressive. I had everything I needed to start right away and make my matcha.
The matcha ceremony is a well known process in Japan. It isn't a complex method, but it does take more care and attention than plopping a teabag in water. In my eyes, this is not a bad thing at all. Taking time to focus on the preparation and watching the powder transform into this beautiful drink is a really interesting and captivating thing. It's an almost meditative experience, as you focus on this process and your mind forgets the other things that are going on for a few minutes.
After adding a scoop of matcha to the cup, a small amount of warm water is added. Using the whisk, I mixed together the contents until they formed a green paste.
After that consistency is reached, you add more water and start the fun bit. Whisking matcha in a 'W' shape rather than around in circles helps it to froth up, and you get a sort of crema on the top of the tea. It's really hard to achieve this without the bamboo whisk, but with this set I was sorted in no time. I actually carried on whisking longer because of how therapeutic it felt.
Clean, fresh and green is how matcha tastes. If you've never tried it — don't expect it to taste like steeped green tea leaves. Make sure the powder is fully dissolved into the water and drink mindfully.
Thank you again to Matchaeologist for the lovely set. I'll be using it often so expect to see it pop up again in future!