Benefits of a Bamboo Tea Whisk
Have you ever wondered what the tool used to whisk matcha is called? Its called a chasen, and in this article we’re going to talk about 4 reasons why you may want to start using one.
The chasen is made out of a single piece of bamboo, and the 100 small bristles carved into it move through the water perfectly to aerate the tea. The first benefit of this is that it makes a better foam. You can use a metal whisk, but it’s unable to aerate the tea as well. If you use a metal whisk, you’ll end up with less foam on top of your matcha. This foam isn’t just to make the matcha look nice, it also has a special purpose. By getting all these tiny bubbles in the matcha, you make it smoother and creamier, almost like a latte but without the cream and sugar. This whisking only takes a few seconds, and it can really become a fun part of your morning routine.
The second reason to use a bamboo tea whisk is that it’s much quieter compared to a metal one. This may not seem like that big of an issue, but there is something about that sound of a metal whisk scraping against a bowl that can really drive you crazy. This is particularly important in the morning, as you want to have a nice quiet tea time and you want to make sure not to wake anyone else up. By using this bamboo whisk, you can not only create a better bowl of matcha, but you can also create a more calming matcha moment for yourself.
The third benefit of using the bamboo tea whisk is that it allows you to practice the ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony. The Japanese tea ceremony is a ritualistic preparation of matcha tea according to a strict set of rules and principles. It’s designed to be a form of moving meditation and it promotes a stronger bond between the host and their guest. There is much to learn from this ceremony, but to me the biggest take away is patience. It’s very tempting to prepare the quickest cup of tea you can find in the morning, but much of the purpose of tea is lost when it’s rushed. When you take a bit more time to prepare your tea, it forces you to appreciate the small aspects that make the drink special. Using the proper tools is a good way to enhance this experience, as you think about all the work that went into making them, and how this drink was prepared by different people throughout history.
Even if you don’t learn all the steps that go into the tea ceremony, you can still use this whisk to share tea with friends and enjoy a nice moment together.
The fourth and final reason to use a bamboo tea whisk is that it is more sustainable. Because these whisks are made out of bamboo, there is much less waste involved with making them. We have seen plastic versions of these whisks out there that Im sure work great, but we like to stick with the all natural design of these bamboo whisks.
So as you can see, not only is the bamboo tea whisk one of the oldest ways to prepare matcha, it’s also the best way. This whisk has a simplistic beauty to it, that tea lovers really appreciate. If you’re looking to get a bamboo whisk of your very own, we can send you one for free when you sign up for the monthly matcha club. Each month you’ll get 2 packs of premium ceremonial grade matcha from different regions throughout Japan. This is a great way to start your journey into matcha.
Thank you all so much for reading. If you have any questions about preparing matcha at home, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Until then, we’ll see you next time.