Why You Use A Bamboo (Not Metal) Whisk When Making Matcha

Matcha has become a widely popular drink, and while you can easily get this special variety of Japanese green tea at your local coffee shop, a devoted matcha drinker may prefer to have a home kit, including a chasen, or bamboo whisk. You may assume that a standard metal whisk can be used in its place, but there are a few things you should consider before attempting to use one for matcha.


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Chasens are designed differently than metal whisks. Made from a single piece of bamboo, it will have many small tines, between 80 and 120 of them, designed to thoroughly froth your matcha. If matcha powder is not correctly incorporated, it can clump or go flat instead of developing a light, airy foam on top. Metal whisks, which have far fewer tines than bamboo whisks, will not properly aerate your matcha to achieve the desired texture. The metal can also have an adverse effect on the flavor. Additionally, a bamboo whisk will not scratch up the bottom of your cup the way a metal whisk might.

Bamboo vs. metal whisks

Matcha is a drink that is steeped in ritual. Dating all the way back to the 1100s, Zen Buddhist monks in Japan began growing the plants used to make this tea using seeds from China. Grown in the shade, only the tenderest parts of these plants are harvested for their leaves, which are then steamed, deveined, and ground to produce a fine powder. The highest quality matcha is sold as "ceremonial grade," and anything of lesser caliber is sold as "culinary grade."

The process of making matcha is expensive and time-consuming, but the rituals involved in drinking it are no less specific. Matcha is used traditionally in ceremonies in Japan, where it is whisked into hot water with a bamboo whisk until frothy. These whisks date back to around the 15th century, and are still made by specialty artisans in Japan today. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, their impact on the final flavor and texture of your matcha are unmatched.

How to make matcha

Though these days, you might find matcha lattes all over the place, consuming matcha in a traditional way is well worth the effort. First, make sure the matcha you're using is ceremonial grade, not culinary grade, which will be more bitter. Ceremonial grade matcha, which is a brighter color and has a more nuanced flavor, should be labeled according to its classification. Despite the name, culinary grade matcha doesn't necessarily mean that it is designed to be used for cooking, though it would be unlikely for someone to use expensive ceremonial grade matcha in something like a matcha cookie.

You may want to sift your matcha into your cup to prevent clumping. Then add a little bit of hot water and begin whisking. Whisk your matcha in a W-pattern to evenly incorporate it. (If you don't have a bamboo whisk, a milk frother is a better alternative than a metal whisk as it will better incorporate the powder.) Add more hot water as you go along, or milk if you're making a matcha latte. Once ready, your matcha should be foamy and produce a fresh, grassy smell. Be sure not to wait too long to drink your tea, as it may settle to the bottom of your cup over time. 

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