Earlier this year I took part in a huge Matcha Blind Taste Test, along with Char from Oolong Owl, Amanda from My Thoughts are like Butterflies and a small handful of other bloggers. It wasn't the first time I had tried matcha, but at the time I hadn't quite developed a taste for it. Sampling over 40 different brands of culinary and ceremonial grade matcha side-by-side was an eye-opening experience. The most important lesson I learned is that spending more doesn't necessarily mean you'll end up with better quality matcha. If you're considering trying matcha for the first time or are looking to switch brands you may want to check out our results from the Matcha Blind Taste Test to help point you in the right direction.
Since the conclusion of the taste test I've continued to drink matcha every morning to help wipe the cobwebs from my eyes. The jolt of caffeine helps get me going, without the jittery side-effects I have from coffee and I've come to enjoy the sweet, grassy flavor of my favorite matcha. During the taste test I used a mini kitchen whisk and small bowl for preparation, items that almost everyone can find in their homes, but there are traditional tools used both for the ceremonial presentation of matcha as well as for home preparation.
As the months have gone on I decided it was time to finally secure the proper matcha accouterments—a bowl (chawan), a bamboo whisk (chasen), and a scoop (chashaku). MatchaDNA was kind enough to send me one of their large handcrafted bowls to get me started. They come in two sizes—small and large—are available in black or white, and are made with lead-free food safe glaze. The measurements of the large bowl are fairly standard: 4.5″ across the top and is 3.25″ tall, which gives you plenty of room to use a traditional bamboo whisk, or even a milk frother to prepare your matcha.
Because it is lightweight and has gently sloping sides, the bowl is very comfortable to hold, even if you have small hands. I find that I prefer this style over the much heavier, straight-sided bowls that are traditionally used during the colder months. If you're looking for a bowl to use year-around, this open style is perfect for everyday use—it's even large enough to double as a rice or soup bowl, something that anyone with a small living space will appreciate.
Would I order this again? Absolutely. This Matcha Bowl is easy to hold and drink from and the curved sides help make short work of whisking.
Where to Purchase
Amazon - Handcrafted Matcha Bowl - MatchaDNA
Handcrafted Matcha Tea Bowl has a more open shape. This type of open shaped Matcha tea bowl is traditionally used in the summer.
Handcrafted Matcha Tea Bowl
Open Shape allows for easy whisking
Use for Matcha Tea preparation and as a drinking bowl
High quality materials and workmanship
Perfect for your Matcha Tea Ceremonial set
This Matcha bowl is perfect for both Matcha tea preparation and as drinking bowl.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by Accelerated Intelligence Inc. As always, all opinions are my own.
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