Do you remember Goldilocks and the Three Bears? She walks through the forest, stumbles upon a house and sees 3 bowls of porridge sitting on the table.
She figures why not give a bowl a whirl. The first one's too hot. The second one's too cold. But then she happily chows down on the third one because it's JUUUST RIIIGHT.
When preparing matcha, water temperature is crucial. It needs to be juuust riiight, or else you will risk ruining the beautiful experience. The optimal water temperature for matcha is around 175-180°F. If the water is too hot (i.e., boiling), the leaves will burn, which results in a bitter taste. And if the water is too cold, the matcha won't froth when whisked. So this presents the Goldilocks conundrum: How do we reach the perfect water temperature if we haven't been schooled in the art of tea?
Here are 3 different methods:
- The easiest technique is to use a variable temperature kettle. We love this one! It's easy, durable and eliminates any guessing on your part. All you have to do is press the 175° button and the water is good to go in minutes. Then just pour it directly from the electric kettle into your PANATEA glass bowl (to the 3-oz. line).
- If you have a traditional tea kettle, simply let the water boil. Once the kettle whistles, just empty about half a cup of water into a mug or cup. Let the water sit for a minute or so. Then add it to your PANATEA glass bowl (to the 3-oz. line).
- For the Gaijin out there, you're probably going to heat the water directly in your glass bowl to eliminate steps and time. Totally fine by us. If you want to go this route, just fill water to slightly above the 3-oz. line on your PANATEA glass bowl (to account for any vaporization). Then heat your bowl in the microwave for approximately 40 seconds (timing may vary depending on microwave quality/strength).
Go on and heat that water of yours! We'd love to hear what your method of choice is, so feel free to comment below. And remember, practice makes perfect ;)