HOW TO MAKE MATCHA, STEP BY STEP
Meet your matcha accessories: a handmade bamboo whisk (called achasen), a tea bowl (matcha-chawan), a measuring ladle (chashaku), a tea strainer, and—of course—your Par Avion Tea Matcha Powder.
To brew a cup, scoop 1½ ladlefuls (about 2 grams, or 1½ teaspoons) matcha powder into your strainer.
Sift your matcha powder into your tea bowl, swirling the powder around the strainer with your ladle. This will ensure there are no clumps so your tea will be smooth.
After you've sifted your powder, it should look like this. Pretty, right?
Pour boiling water (about 2 ounces) into a teacup, then let it sit until it cools down to about 180–190 degrees (about a minute). Carefully pour the hot water into the bowl with the matcha powder.
Using your chasen, whisk to combine your tea. Relax your wrist, then whisk in a gentle circular motion for thin, smooth tea, and in a brisk "M" or "W"-shaped motion for foamy tea. (Fun fact: Smooth and foamy tea both have slightly different scents and flavors.) Whisk for about 10–15 seconds until the tea is bright green.
Carefully pour your matcha into a teacup.
Here's the finished foamy matcha tea. Make sure to drink it right after you've prepared it—the powder will settle at the bottom after a while.