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Ceremonial Chiran Matcha

Ceremonial Chiran Matcha

Regular price $22.00 USD
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welcome to matcha living

Matcha culture is quickly evolving as vibrant, layered drinks and bright green latte art by baristas have taken coffee and tea shops by storm. Matcha's many health benefits are a wonderful bonus as well -- mental clarity from L-theanine (high concentration of this amino acid, among many others, promote brain focus), just enough caffeine to bring alertness without a jolt or a crash, antioxidants to boost your immune strength...we call that a "win" across the board. 

champagne from Champagne

Not just any green tea, stone-milled into a fine powder, can be called Matcha. Just like Champagne has to come from Champagne, Matcha has to come from specific prefectures of Japan: Kyoto, Aichi, Shizuoka, Kagoshima. The production and processing of Matcha are closely regulated to produce various grades of Matcha, including premium lots that earn critical acclaim at the national tea competitions every year.

matcha grades

Matcha production is well-regulated by the Japanese tea governing boards and graded according to specific criteria. This Chiran matcha from Kagoshima prefecture is a ceremonial grade matcha, suggested for preparation as a "shot" and enjoyed on its own like a shot of espresso. Prefer to drink matcha with your choice of mylk? Chiran ceremonial grade will hold a bold flavor for your hot or iced lattes too. Scroll down to see our recommended prep guides. 

extra sips...

Besides tea farms, Chiran also features a heritage-preserved Samurai village, the streets of which are lined and lit by bamboo lanterns, as illustrated on our label. We can't wait to visit!

notes

AROMA / sweet pea
FLAVOR / squash - oat - umami
BODY / creamy
OXIDATION / light

Usucha / "Thin" Preparation

Recommended for enjoying as a shot or with dairy/mylk as a latte.

Dose - 1 sachet of matcha
Water - 60ml / 2 oz at 165°F

Pre-warm the chawan (bowl) and chasen (whisk) with warm water. Purge the warming water then pour 60ml (2 oz) of 165°F water into the bowl. Sift matcha into the bowl, then whisk back and forth lightly in a ‘W’ motion until the surface is fully covered with a thin layer of microfoam. Sip over the course of ten minutes to enjoy as a ceremonial shot or add honey and mylk to enjoy as a latte.

Koicha / "Thick" Preparation

Recommended for those who enjoy their matcha like they enjoy their espresso.

Dose - 1 sachet of matcha
Water - 35ml / 1 oz
Water Temperature - 165-180°F
(lower temperature for more nuanced, balanced flavors; higher temperature for bolder umami and aroma of sweet pea blossoms)

Pre-warm the chawan (bowl) and chasen (whisk) with warm water. Purge the warming water then pour 60ml (2 oz) of 165-180°F water into the bowl. Sift matcha into the bowl, then whisk back and forth lightly in a ‘W’ motion until the surface is fully covered with a thin layer of microfoam. Sip over the course of five minutes to enjoy as a ceremonial shot. 

Water matters!

Quality water is just as important as quality tea when it comes to your brew. Here's what we recommend:

  • Filtered Water - standard home filtration systems, Brita, Hydros, you name it. Filter that isht!
  • Spring Water - have access to bottled spring water, or have an actual clear spring by where you live? Try brewing with spring water and unlock unique sweetness in your cup!
  • Reverse Osmosis - RO filtration systems are standard for tea and coffee shops, and provide the most consistently great water for brewing any of your favorite drinks. For your home, counter-top as well as below-the-counter systems are great to help step up your water game!
  • Customized Recipes - are you a budding scientist? Check out custom water recipe kits like Lotus and Third Wave Water

Local Pick-up

If you’re local to the State College area, we’ve partnered with Chew Chew Bun as our official pickup location! Chew Chew Bun is a locally owned Taiwanese bakery + coffee shop in the heart of the downtown area (115 E. Beaver Ave.)

Tea is that much better with delicious pastries, so be sure to pick up some noms with your order!

The pickup tray is on top of the pastry case on the left side of the counter. Look for your name and order number!

Chew Chew Bun Pickup Spot | Downtown State College
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