Very few things are more refreshing and invigorating than a gentle breeze of Spring.
Spring calls for new lives to flourish, and perhaps a new hobby too?
Here are some essentials to start enjoying an authentic matcha green tea at home.
Rich Sweetness and Full of Umami in Bitterness
Kurasu's Classic: Single Origin Matcha OKUMIDORI
Our signature, single origin Uji matcha green tea made in collaboration with YUGEN, a Kyoto-based Japanese tea brand. We use OKUMIDORI for all of our matcha drink served at Kurasu.
OKUMIDORI is mild and light, yet has a rich umami and bitterness, making it a perfect match for milk and sugar compatible with a wider taste palates and variety of recipes.
Treat your guests, customers and yourself to this well balanced, rich in flavor and vibrant green color of this OKUMIDORI.
For home use, we recommend OKUMIDORI with sugar- no lumps, fast dissolving and pre-sweetened powder makes it a perfect pick for those who are new to matcha preparation. (Also available without sugar.)
Available from 50g~
A Blend Designed for Perfect Balance: SUI
SUI blend is a blend of matcha powder designed to be a perfect pick for tea ceremony's use for its well balanced Umami and bitterness.
"There should be at least one matcha bowl for each household" -Anonymous
Matcha/Tea Original Lipped Bowl [ Kurasu x TOKINOHA Ceramic Studio ]
The small lip spout creates a smooth pouring experience for your morning matcha, or for any use- like serving the salad dressing for dinner.
Capacity: 400ml (perfect for 1-2 cups of matcha)
ORIGAMI Lipped Matcha Bowl
Made with a newly invented ceramic, combined with the matte, soft colored glazing, ORIGAMI have created a product that has both the industrial grade sturdiness and the warmth of a pottery.
The traditional look serves just perfect for a little tea ceremony at home, and you will soon find that the bowl is a lovely addition to your table in any occasion.
| Easy Matcha Recipe (serves: 2)
Matcha powder: 4g
Hot water: 120ml (about 80℃)
１. Shift 4g of matcha powder into a matcha bowl.
２. Pour 120ml of hot water (80℃) into the bowl.
３. Using Chasen, whisk the liquid quickly but gently. (Flick your wrist and try moving it as if drawing an "M" in the bowl.)
４. Serve and enjoy!
Admire the Craft of Centuries Old
Chasen (Tea whisk)
A bamboo tea whisk carefully crafted in Nara, Japan with 500 years old traditional techniques.
It is said that there are only about 15 chasen craftsmen in Japan today- among those, Takayama chasen is crafted by extremely skillful hands, making it an long-lasting, excellent tool trusted by many.
What's Kurotake (Smoked bamboo)?
Kurotake, or Susutake (Black bamboo/Smoked bamboo) is a material taken from the attics and ceilings of traditional thatched roof houses. Slowly smoked for over 100 years above the hearth, Kurotake is known for its deep, beautiful, natural brown color.
Over the years, the number of houses that meet these conditions has been decreasing, making this popular material scarcer and scarcer.
Making a matcha tea is actually a lot simpler and easier than some may imagine (mastering the skill may be another story, but that's what it makes a worthy hobby).
If you like the authentic bitterness of matcha green tea, try it out this spring and enjoy the taste of Kyoto!