Guide to Matcha Whisk - Right and Wrong way
The Chasen is a traditional tool that has been gracing Japanese matcha ceremonies for hundreds of years. Crafted by Japanese chasen artisans who are trained for years, it is from a single piece of bamboo.
Origin of chasen
Despite the fame and its name, Chasen originated in China Tang dynasty, and a Japanese Buddhist monk Myoan Eisai who is known as the first person brought the concept of tea art (as well as chasen) back to Japan.
The Chasen is a delicate and specialized tool designed for whisking Matcha, a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea.
Size and shapes
The Chasen can vary in shape and size, each unique to its purpose. Traditionally, depends on the number of prongs (from 80, 100 and 120 prongs), materials and length, there are 9 different variations in total.
Why do you need chasen?
The matcha whisk is designed not only to mix but to aerate the tea, creating that signature creamy froth on top.
Are you using blender, spoon or a handheld kitchen whisk to prepare your matcha? The truth is the effect a Chasen has on Matcha preparation cannot be replicated with above-mentioined methods. This froth is a critical part of a well-prepared cup of Matcha, and it is only achievable with the use of a Chasen.
Moreover, the Chasen helps fully mix (yes, not dissolve) Matcha with water, eliminating clumps for a smoother, more enjoyable tea.
How to use chasen?
Preparing Matcha with a Chasen involves a few straightforward steps, here only mention the most important three steps:
Warming: Place your chasen in the tea bowl (chawan) with hot water, then dry the tea bowl. Put chasen aside and readying it for whisking.
Sift the Matcha: Sift your Matcha powder into the bowl to remove any clumps, ensuring a smooth blend.
Whisk with chasen: Use the ideal water temperature around 70 to 80°C, and begin to whisk the Matcha in a W or M motion. Don't press too hard or scrape the Chasen on the bottom of the bowl. Remove chasen from matcha bowl after whisking.
How to make your chasen last longer?
Tips for cleaning and maintaining chasen:
A Chasen, with the proper care, can last for 6 months or even longer. Here are a few tips to ensure its longevity:
Most important first step: Before using your Chasen for the first time, let it sit in warm water to allow the prongs to unfurl and soften. Repeat this process before each use to prevent tine breakage.
After using: Rinse your Chasen under gentle running water after each use. Never use soap or dishwasher, as they can damage the bamboo.
- Dry: Put the chasen back to your whisk stand, so it can keep its natural shape and dry up. Keep it away from direct sunlight and any strong scents which bamboo can absorb in the air.
Incorporating a Chasen into your Matcha ritual is an authentic and transformative experience in your daily matcha routine. Our bamboo whisk will ensure your Matcha is prepared traditionally, bringing out the best flavors and textures.
Bonus tips for tea enthusiasts
Storing chasen properly is equally essential for its longevity. However, there are a few common missteps tea enthusiasts may want to avoid in front of their friends.
#1 Mistake: Storing the Chasen upside down
Storing it upside down while it's still wet is quite inadvisable. This can result in water accumulating at the base, creating a breeding ground for mould over time.
#2 Mistake: Place chasen stand upside down
It might be obvious for tea enthusiasts, but trust me, you will see people do this in many TikTok videos.
#3 Mistake: Again, use chasen stand the wrong way
Though it may serve the purpose, it's a far cry from the stand's intended use. After all, the Chasen stand is explicitly designed to maintain your whisk's shape and aid in its proper drying.
To retain the cultural authenticity of your Matcha ritual, let's keep the tools in their proper places, shall we?