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Unboxing and storage
Common Matcha Recipes
Traditional Japanese matcha tools - a chawan bowl with chasen bamboo whisk and bamboo chashaku on a wooden tray
Tools and Tips
FAQ

Unboxing and storage

How to unbox your matcha

Most of our matcha come in sealed foil bags packed into the cans. When you open the can, gently remove the foil bag from the can. Some of our matcha comes with a redesigned bag that allows you to easily cut or tear the bag open.

These foil bags were deliberately designed to open wider on top so that scooping matcha out is an easier process.

How to store your matcha

To store your matcha, you may either pour the powder directly into the tin can, or clip the bag shut and store it in the tin can. 

 If you prefer to transfer the powder into the can, make a tiny cut in the corner of the bag so that you can easily pour the matcha out. If you prefer keeping it within the foil bag, make a horizontal cut along the dotted line.

Matcha should be stored in a cool, dark environment to prevent oxidation. Oxidation is bad for matcha and causes changes in its taste and flavor profile. We usually store matcha in the fridge to preserve it for as long as possible. When kept refrigerated, matcha will retain its flavors for up to 6 months. 

How to prepare matcha

The way you prepare matcha greatly affects its taste, so it pays to do it right.  Below are some of the more common matcha recipes. We regularly update our stable of recipes, so be sure to view our separate recipe page if you don’t see what you’re looking for. 

Usucha
Koicha
Matcha Latte
Two cups of matcha tea on light background
Matcha Tea
Two cups of iced cold brew matcha on a light background
Cold Brew Matcha
Close up view of two cups of matcha shots
Matcha Shot

Essential tools and tips for making matcha

It’s always best to prepare matcha using the proper tools, but we fully understand that these may not be available everywhere. Here are some workarounds and hacks we have tested over the years.

How to mix matcha and water and avoid clumps

Use a bamboo whisk

Using a traditional bamboo whisk to whip up your matcha has a meditative quality to it that helps calm the mind down. The design of the whisk has also been optimised slowly over centuries to allow matcha and water to be mixed quickly and evenly. Use your wrist to whisk rather than your arm. 

No whisk? Try shaking the matcha in a bottle instead

This methods allows anyone to prepare matcha anywhere quickly and easily. Shaking is usually enough to thoroughly mix the water and matcha. If the matcha settles to the bottom after some time, simply give the bottle another good shake to evenly distribute the matcha particles.

Hand shaking matcha powder with water in a sealed glass bottle

Use a battery-operated milk frother

These inexpensive battery-operated milk frothers are very helpful in gently mixing matcha and water. However, we find that the shaking method above is preferable as less cleanup is required and there’s no need to involve batteries. 

Sift matcha before adding water when making traditional matcha tea

When making usucha or koicha, one of the things to do before adding water is to sift the matcha. This helps to forcefully break up any clumps even before hot water is added. 

Hand sifting matcha powder in a sifter on a chawan bowl

How much matcha to use?

One serving is 1 standard teaspoon or 2 grams

We mostly measure matcha using standard measuring spoons because it makes life easier. A teaspoon of matcha is 2 grams and contains about 70mg of caffeine. 

Chashuku

The traditional way of scooping matcha from a container is by using a bamboo scoop, or chashuku. 1 heaped mound of matcha on a chashuku is approximately half a teaspoon, or 1 gram. 

How to get the temperature right

Do not use boiling water to make matcha

Hot water makes matcha bitter and unpleasant. The ideal temperature for making matcha is 175F or 80C. Anything hotter than that is not recommended.

Allow boiling water to cool for a few minutes first

Instead, pour boiling water into a large bowl or vessel to allow it to cool off for a few minutes. The item picture on the right is a yuzumashi. It is how hot water is traditionally cooled in Japan, but any bowl or measuring cup will do. 

Use a variable temperature water kettle for best results

For best results, we recommend the use of an electric kettle with a variable temperature setting. Many brands now produce their own versions. 

Frequently asked questions

Don’t see your question below? You are always welcome to email us or find us on facebook (/naokimatcha) or instagram (@naokimatcha).

Just 100% green tea matcha powder from Japan, nothing else.
There is no soy in our products, and all our teas are processed at facilities processing only green tea.
The short answer is, it depends. We recommend a serving size of 2 grams. That gives you 20 servings of matcha tea per 40g can. However, everyone enjoys matcha differently. Some people use 1 gram of matcha powder per serving. In this case, the can will last for 40 servings.
Our matcha is comprised of 100% matcha powder and there are no additives or sweeteners.

Our matcha is tested for radiation and heavy metals by third party laboratories. The results are consistently in the negative. We always ensure that the tea estates we work with have rigorous compliance and safety testing procedures in place. If needed, these testing certificates are available upon request.

Our matcha is tested regularly by a 3rd-Party New Zealand Laboratory for pesticides and have no suspicious results was observed. Similarly, the matcha is also tested for heavy metals such as Cadmium, Arsenic, Lead and Mecury with no observed suspicious result.
A gram of matcha (or half a teaspoon) contains about 29-32 mg of caffeine per 3.4 ounce of water.
The key difference is that we enjoy a close working relationship with many esteemed tea estates, blenders, and production facilities all over Japan. This means we get access to the best stuff that’s not usually exported outside Japan at the absolute best prices. You’ll have to taste and see!
If you’re new or a beginner in experiencing matcha, we would recommend either our Superior Ceremonial Blend or our Organic Ceremonial Blend. If you have sampled more than one brand of matcha or have more experience, we urge you to try our Fragrant Yame Blend or any matcha in our Master’s Collection. It is delightful when made into usucha thanks to its bright, smooth taste and gentle fragrance.
We understand that matcha lattes are very popular these days, and in fact have developed all our blends so that they can be prepared as lattes. However, our personal favourite for lattes is our Organic Ceremonial Blend. Non-dairy milk goes very well with its cacao notes. If you prefer cow’s milk, we recommend you have it with our superior ceremonial blend!
If making a smoothie bowl or some kind of shake with low sugar content, we recommend you use a ceremonial grade blend. Because smoothies bowls and shakes usually rely on natural fruit sugars for a subtle sweetness, any astringency or excess bitterness in matcha will be very apparent.
If you’re baking matcha flavored cookies, cakes or desserts, a culinary grade matcha will do nicely. Chances are, baking recipes include sugar. Using a more expensive grade would be a waste of your money because the sugar and other ingredients would drown out the subtler flavors and aromas in more expensive blends. We formulated our creative culinary grade for this exact reason – all of that essential matcha flavor, at a reasonable price!
There’s nothing chemically different between the caffeine in coffee and matcha. However, other compounds in matcha causes caffeine to be released more slowly. The result is that matcha’s caffeine boost lasts for 4-6 hours. Coffee will only provide a caffeine boost for up to 2 hours. Because matcha’s caffeine release is gentler, you also don’t get the sudden “caffeine crash” after 2 hours you typically experience with coffee.
After being ground into powder, matcha should be consumed within 12 months. Our matcha displays the date of production prominently so you may keep track. However, be sure to note the storage instructions below!
Matcha keeps best when it is stored away from heat and light to reduce the rate of oxidation. We recommend you clip the packets close after opening. If you prefer to pour the matcha powder into the can for easier access, that is fine too. We should then refrigerate the packet or can.

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