This week, all eyes are on Tokyo and the Olympic games. We love visiting Japan and sampling the fantastic teas on offer throughout the country. If, like us, you are missing travel and you would like to create your own Japanese tea ceremony at home then follow our simple guide:
Firstly what is a Japanese tea ceremony?
In Japan, tea is an opportunity to celebrate. It's a social event at which Matcha tea is drunk. It's a time to appreciate the finer things in life: time with friends, art, calmness.
Where to have your tea ceremony:
Find somewhere calm in your house or garden and declutter to create a minimalist and calm environment. Pick some fresh flowers and arrange them to be close to the beauty of nature.
What to do:
Invite your guests to leave any negativity behind before they start. Ensure everything is clean, calm and orderly. Even your guests!
How to make the matcha:
Warm your bowl and cup with boiling water.
- Discard the water and add one teaspoon of matcha to your bowl.
- Add 80ml / 30z water (i.e. an espresso cup) at 80°C / 176°F. If you don't have a thermometer, let the boiled kettle sit for six minutes.
- Using a matcha whisk, milk frother or fork, whisk the matcha until smooth and frothy. For best results, add half the water, whisk until there are no lumps, then add the rest.
- Serve your matcha straight from the bowl, or pour into a warm cup.
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