The Japanese tea ceremony is not just about the drinking of tea, it is a traditional art which includes philosophy, spirituality, behaviour and materialistic elements which has had a huge influence on Japanese culture. All the procedures and movements are standardised, each with its own meaning and unique place in the ceremony. You may not have half a day to spare for the formal tea ceremony but with this authentic and elegant tea set you can experience the essence of the art of the tea ceremony at home.
The Kit contains:
- 1 x Japanese Organic Ceremonial Matcha 30g
- 1 x Bamboo Matcha Whisk
- 1 x Bamboo Matcha Scoop
- 1 x Matcha Bowl
- 1 x Guide & Information Leaflet
Tea Bowl – Chawan (茶碗) is a bowl used for making and drinking matcha tea and is the main item for a tea ceremony. They can be classified by country of origin, by potter or kiln, by shape, or by the type of tea they are designed to hold. Shallow bowls which allow the tea to cool rapidly are used in summer deep bowls in winter. This bowl is wide in diameter, providing enough room to use the whisk effectively therefore preventing the occurrence of lumps. It is hand crafted in Japan.
Tea Scoop – Chashaku (茶杓), a tea scoop or tea spoon, is used to transfer the powdered tea from the tea container (chaki) to the tea bowl (chawan). Usually made of a narrow, thin piece of bamboo, although historically there were also made of wood or ivory and intricately carved. The soul of simplicity.
Tea Whisk – Chasen (茶筅) are bamboo whisks used to mix the matcha powdered tea with hot water. They are carved from a single piece of bamboo. There are differences in their style according to the type of bamboo they are made from, the shape of the tines, the number of tines, the thickness of the bamboo, the length of the bamboo and the colour of the thread that is woven around the bottom of the tines. This high quality whisk with 100 tines will create a deliciously smooth and frothy matcha.
What is matcha?
Matcha is a finely milled vibrant green tea powder made from the highest quality Japanese tea leaves. Clearspring Organic Ceremonial Matcha comes from Uji, a region high in the hills around Kyoto, renowned for producing the best Japanese teas. Only accessibly by foot, this remote area is unpolluted and rich in friendly bugs such as spiders, ladybirds, praying mantis and dragonflies to keep the pests under control (best to use organic matcha as non-organic matcha is grown using excessive amounts of agricultural fertilisers and pesticides). Shade grown for the final few months to allow the leaves to fill with chlorophyll, the finest young tea buds are picked, dried and ground in a granite mortar.
High-grade Organic Uji Matcha products are cultivated under the diligent management of Clearspring’s tea master Juro Okuda. The tea bushes are covered with cheese cloths for as long as possible to produce leaves of a deep green colour. It is very difficult to grow organic matcha; one must fight against both bugs and diseases. Harmful insects can appear because of small climate changes threatening the tea crop. For this reason, it is essential to manage the cultivation in a way that places primary importance on the natural ecosystem.
- Matcha green tea powder* (100%)