Limabaum

Matcha

Yesterday I was with my friend L. in a really nice tea house in Vienna, what a good feeling! As soon as you come in the main room, a wonderful smell catches your senses (I almost could taste something out of the air!) and all there seems to have being chosen with the most lovely care (not only the wonderful tea they sell it there, but all delicious honey, and jam, and tea companions all around. Upstairs is possible to taste some of their tea, L. and me were trying for the first time Matcha (green powdered tea, the same one the Japanese use for their Tea Ceremony.) It was really special. I brought some matcha with me to our home, and this morning I was making to myself a delicious matcha, oh God, how could I live without this for so long time in my life! And the way you make it? Come with me, I´ll show you:

You will need the Matcha tea powder, a bamboo tea whisk, and a bamboo tea scoop, like this here

look how delicate is the bamboo tea whisk:

Using a bamboo tea scoop, place 2 teascoops of matcha into the tea bowl:

now add a little bit of hot simmering water:

very delicately, stir using the bamboo tea whisk:

Look this green colour!

Then pour more hot water (80°) inside the tea bowl (more or less two fingers up from the bottom of the bowl):

It´s time now to briskly whisk the tea and hot water using the bamboo tea whisk. Move it verticaly back and forth as fast as you can in the middle of the tea bowl. The whisk should barely touch the bottom of the bowl. When some foam has developed, slowly lift the whisk from the center of the bowl.

And here I had drunk most of it already, huumm! so good! My mind was very awake for many hours, and my body with lots of energy!

How many of it can we drink in a day? I forgot to ask this very important question! Ah, if the Japanese would listen to me now! It´s like when I found out I-Ching, I used to play it everyday, it was a way of “relaxing” for me, to talk to myself. Then a friend of mine met a Chinese woman, and she explained her just in special ocasions should we consult the Oracle!

Someone out there knows how often can we drink matcha, please? Seriously, I would drink it everyday now in Autumn without a problem!

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October 29, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Life

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