How to Prepare Matcha Tea

How to Prepare Iced Matcha & Iced Matcha Lattes

Iced matchas are very simple and require only four things: 

  • a cocktail shaker
  • ice
  • matcha
  • water

To make iced matcha at home:

  1. Fill the smaller half of a Boston shaker with ice. 
  2. Add the sweetener of your choice (we use a honey simple syrup that's one part honey and one part hot water).
  3. Measure 2 grams of Matcha Wakatake (or one perfect matcha scoop) into your shaker.
  4. Cover with water (for lattes only fill to 2/3 full), close the shaker, and shake vigorously for approximately 30 seconds. 
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Use the infographic below or download a copy to keep on hand in your kitchen!

infographic on how to make iced matcha at home

How to Prepare Hot Matcha

Preparing hot matcha seems more complicated than iced, but once you get the hang of it the ritual will become your favorite part of the day. We're going to outline how to prepare ceremonial matcha. For everyday matcha preparation, you may want to add more water or top with foamed milk for a latte. 

To make ceremonial matcha, you will need:

To make a ceremonial matcha at home:

  1. Warm your chawan with 195°F water and rest your whisk in the bowl to soften the tines. 
  2. Discard your warming water and gently dry the bowl with your towel.
  3. Sift matcha powder into your prepared bowl. 
    1. For usucha (thin matcha), sift 2 grams of Matcha Wako into your bowl (or one perfect matcha scoop).
    2. For koicha (thick matcha), sift 4 grams of Matcha Unkaku into your bowl. 
    3. For an everyday matcha like those we serve at our Tea Bar, sift 2 grams of Matcha Wakatake into your bowl. 
  4. Add 195° F water for whisking.
    1. For usucha (thin matcha), add approximately 2-3 ounces of water to your bowl.
    2. For koicha (thick matcha), add approximately 1 ounce of water to your bowl. 
    3. For Matcha Wakatake, add approximately 2-3 ounces of water to your bowl. (Once you are finished whisking, you will add additional water, sweetener, and foamed milk as desired.)
  5. Whisk vigorously in a "W" motion until a thick crema has formed on top of your matcha.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Use the infographic below as a visual guide or download a copy for your kitchen!

infographic on how to make hot matcha and ceremonial matcha at home