Mastering Matcha with the Right Chashaku Measurement

Hey matcha lovers and soon-to-be converts! Ever wonder why some people talk about matcha like it’s the elixir of life? Well, it kind of is, but here’s the catch: making matcha isn’t just about dumping some green powder into hot water. Oh no, my friends, it’s an art form, steeped in tradition and Zen practices that go back centuries. Imagine the tea ceremony as your stage, and you’re the main act!

Now, hold onto your teacups because we’re about to spill some tea—well, not literally. The road to matcha bliss is paved with details, and one of the most crucial ones is precision. Yup, getting that Instagram-worthy frothy green layer and deep, rich flavor isn’t just a happy accident. It’s about nailing those milligrams like a pro.

Ready to elevate your matcha game from “pretty good” to “absolutely perfect”? Stick around as we dive deep into why those little milligrams matter and why a precision scale might just become your new BFF.

Chashaku: The Traditional Tool

Ah, the Chashaku—a tool so simple yet so steeped in tradition, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. For the uninitiated, a Chashaku is a bamboo scoop traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony for—you guessed it—scooping matcha powder. Picture this: it’s like the wand in Harry Potter, but for tea wizards.

Now, let’s talk numbers. When you wield your Chashaku, you’re generally scooping up about 1 to 2 grams of matcha per serving. In the more universally confusing language of milligrams, that’s around 1000 to 2000 mg. While that range may seem narrow, trust me, it can make a world of difference in how your matcha tastes. Too little and it’s like kissing a cloud; too much and you’re chewing on a shrub.

So there you have it. The Chashaku: a tool as iconic as it is practical, but one that comes with its own set of limitations when it comes to precision.

Why Milligrams Matter

Before you roll your eyes and go, “Milligrams, really?” hear me out. These tiny units of measurement are the VIPs of the matcha world. It’s like cooking; a pinch too much salt and, bam, you’re drinking the ocean. Similarly, getting the milligrams right in your matcha determines whether you’re sipping on liquid gold or green swamp water.

The Science of Taste

Let’s geek out for a second. The compounds that make matcha taste like, well, matcha, are sensitive little things. We’re talking about catechins, amino acids like L-Theanine, and caffeine. Change the milligrams, and you shift the balance of these compounds, affecting everything from bitterness to creaminess to that zen-like alertness matcha is famous for.

Real-world Examples

Now, let’s bring in the star of our show: UJIHA’s ceremonial grade matcha sourced from Uji, Kagoshima, and Shizuoka. Oh yes, this is the Beyoncé of matchas, people!

Say you use a Chashaku and scoop up around 1500 mg of our ceremonial grade matcha. You’re going to get this nice, balanced flavor with a subtle umami kick. But maybe one morning, you’re half-asleep and you go all in, plopping down 2000 mg of our Kagoshima matcha. Get ready for a bold, bitter symphony that’ll slap you awake faster than an alarm clock. On the flip side, go too light with, let’s say, 1000 mg, and you’ll be wondering why your tea tastes like hot green water.

So, as you can see, milligrams aren’t just numbers; they’re the DNA of your matcha experience. Get it right, and each sip becomes a flavor-packed journey to Japan and back.

There you have it. Milligrams aren’t just a detail; they’re the main event. Stay tuned for more juicy details on how to up your matcha game.

The Limitations of a Chashaku

While the Chashaku is a traditional and cherished tool in the matcha preparation process, it has its limitations when it comes to precise measurements. First off, bamboo is a natural material, meaning each Chashaku can differ slightly in shape and size. This variability can affect how much matcha you end up scooping.

Human error is another variable to consider. Even a slightly heavy or light hand can change the milligrams of matcha in your cup. Unlike a precision scale, a Chashaku doesn’t offer exact measurements, leaving room for inconsistency.

So, while a Chashaku is a great tool for those looking to immerse themselves in the traditional way of making matcha, it may not be the most reliable choice for those keen on precision.

The Scale Doesn’t Lie: Precision Scales for the Win

When it comes to achieving matcha mastery, precision scales are the unsung heroes. Unlike a Chashaku, a precision scale gives you exact measurements down to the milligram, ensuring that you get the perfect balance of flavor, frothiness, and caffeine kick in every cup.

By using a precision scale, you remove the variables of human error and natural material inconsistency. All you have to do is place your bowl or cup on the scale, zero it out, and then add your matcha until you hit your desired milligrams. It’s like having a tiny lab assistant, making sure every cup of matcha you make is scientifically perfect.

So, for those who are serious about their matcha game, investing in a precision scale is the way to ensure that you are getting exactly what you want, down to the last milligram.

Comparing Chashaku and Precision Scale

When it comes to precision, the Chashaku and the precision scale are in different leagues. Here’s a side-by-side rundown:


  • Natural material leads to variability in scooping size.
  • Human error can result in inconsistent milligrams per scoop.
  • Approximate range: 1000-2000 mg per scoop, but this can vary.

Precision Scale

  • Provides exact measurements down to the milligram.
  • Eliminates human error and variability.
  • You set the exact milligrams you want, every single time.

The Math of Matcha

Let’s get down to some quick math. If you’re using a Chashaku and aiming for a 1500 mg serving, a 10% error (quite easy with a bamboo scoop and human variability) could give you a range of 1350-1650 mg. Over a week of daily matcha, that’s a potential discrepancy of up to 2100 mg. That’s more than a whole extra serving!

With a precision scale, you know you’re getting exactly 1500 mg every single time. No waste, no surprises, and no unintentionally super-strong or weak cups of matcha.

In conclusion, while the Chashaku offers a traditional and hands-on approach, a precision scale ensures you’re getting exactly what you signed up for, down to the last milligram. It’s not just about tradition; it’s about making each cup as perfect as it can be.

Real Talk: Price vs Precision

When it comes to the matcha world, we often hear the age-old debate: is investing in a precision scale worth it? The short answer: Yes, particularly if you’re a frequent matcha drinker.

Think about it this way. A high-quality Chashaku will set you back a few bucks, and while it’s a one-time purchase, it’s a tool that leaves room for error. Over time, those small mismeasurements can add up, both in terms of the matcha you consume and the experience you get from each cup.

A precision scale, on the other hand, might be a bit more of an investment upfront. But it pays off by ensuring that every milligram of your premium UJIHA matcha is accounted for and used to its fullest potential. No waste and a guaranteed consistent experience every time you indulge in your matcha ritual.

So, for those who are deeply committed to their daily cuppa—or two or three—a precision scale is an investment that keeps on giving, cup after perfectly-measured cup.

UJIHA’s Matcha: The Perfect Test Subject

If you’re using UJIHA’s premium, ceremonial grade matcha, you’re already halfway to the perfect cup. Sourced directly from the revered tea fields of Uji, Kagoshima, and Shizuoka, our matcha undergoes rigorous testing for radiation and comes with certificates of analysis and origin. In short, this is the crème de la crème of matchas we’re talking about.

Given its high-quality nature, this matcha truly deserves the best tools for preparation. It’s like owning a high-performance sports car—you wouldn’t put cheap fuel in it, would you? Similarly, your UJIHA matcha deserves more than approximations and guesstimations. It deserves precision.

By using the right tools, specifically a precision scale, you ensure that you unlock the full potential of UJIHA’s matcha in every cup. You honor the craftsmanship and tradition that went into creating this sublime green powder, by ensuring that every milligram serves its purpose in offering you an unparalleled matcha experience.

So if you’re already committed to the best with UJIHA’s matcha, why not go all the way? Use a precision scale and ensure that your preparation is as top-notch as the matcha you’re using.


In the world of matcha, milligrams aren’t just a detail; they’re a cornerstone for creating that perfect cup. From the balance of flavors to the kick of caffeine, those tiny units of measurement play an outsized role in determining your matcha experience.

While traditional tools like the Chashaku bring a certain artistry and connection to age-old practices, they fall short when it comes to precise measurement. That’s where the precision scale truly shines. It eliminates guesswork, saves you from wastage, and ensures that every cup of matcha is crafted to perfection.

When you’re using a high-quality product like UJIHA’s premium, ceremonial grade matcha, it only makes sense to complement it with the highest level of precision. A precision scale isn’t just a tool; it’s an investment in elevating each cup of matcha to an art form. So, go ahead, take the plunge into precision—you won’t regret it.

With exact measurements at your fingertips, you’re not just making tea; you’re crafting an experience. Cheers to many more perfect cups of matcha in your future!

Ready to elevate your matcha game to the next level? Your journey to matcha mastery is just a click away. Discover UJIHA’s range of premium, ceremonial grade matcha—each batch rigorously tested for radiation and backed by certificates of analysis and origin. Our matcha is begging to be perfectly measured on your shiny new precision scale!

Don’t settle for approximations. Aim for perfection with every cup and let our top-notch matcha be the star of your daily ritual.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your hands on some UJIHA matcha and start crafting the perfect cup today!

Written by

Read more

Leave a comment