Matcha Tea ceremony is viewed as a spiritual practice - of being present. The tea ceremony is also known as the 'way of tea' with 4 underlying principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility
The tea gathering can be formal or informal. With informal consisting of thin tea and light snacks. A formal gathering would proceed a full course 'kaiseki' meal and drinking of thick tea.
Tea equipment generally includes a whisk, scoop, small tea cloth, tea bowl & tray.
Add 1/2 - 1 tsp (depending on taste) into a bowl or cup. Add 179F (80C) water (just below boiling). Some people prefer 158F/70C so experiment to taste. Before adding tea – warm up the bowl by adding hot water then discarding the water.
It is best to use a sifter to loosen any clumps. Whisk until frothy and powder is dissolved. Your head-space while preparing is very important to taste. Prepare with love and presence of mind. Try experimenting with friends and see if there really is a taste difference!
Even if not enjoying matcha in a ceremony, it can be incorporated into your own daily rituals. For example, when preparing matcha take deep breaths and think of some things or people you are grateful for. I like to keep some cold matcha in the fridge, even add fresh ginger or lemongrass, and drink as a pick me up in the afternoon or feel even better about myself after a yoga session :)
The traditional tea ceremony would include a scroll, scripture, or poem and flower arrangement; usually a single blossom leaning towards or facing your guests. The tea bowl is passed around in a circle. If you want to invite friends over for tea, perhaps try adding a flower arrangement and a poem to the table!
Incorporate Amura Matcha into the way of you !
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