Temperature Control

Posted in Events,Maccha,Matcha,Preparation,Tea by jagajared on September 25, 2010

It came to me the other day after we went on a tea and coffee crawl of Victoria that we have been doing it all wrong for temperature control for a long time now. For some reason, when it comes to loose tea, we ahve been doing a good job, yet with maccha a bad job.

A delicate high grade of Japanese green tea, steamed to a fairly common depth, generally requires 70 C poured over it. With loose tea, we recommend the “transfer method”. Every time you pour hot water into a room temperature vessel, it cools by 10 C with almost mathematical precision. Boiling water is 100 C, so most people making tea at home can incorporate a decanter, cups, and teapot to transfer to the appropriate temp. Pour that water over the leaves and you are good to go.

HOWEVER, with maccha we have always recommended 1/2 boiling and 1/2 cold purified water to get 70 C. Though the temp is technically the same, the water does not mix appropriately. The resulting flavour is sour and diappointing when compared to the transfer method.

Try pouring boiling water into your maccha bowl (preheats), pouring that water into a measuring cup to control volume. Pour that water into a room temp cup you have around, and pour THAT water on your maccha that you quickly sifted into a bowl. We have noticed Dragonfly grade sees particular benefit from this technique.



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