How To Prepare Ceremonial Grade Matcha By Tea Master Ryo

Meet Tea Master Ryo Iwamoto, a virtuoso in the art of tea, especially when it comes to whipping up a bowl of ceremonial grade matcha. With a flick of his wrist and a gentle whisk, he can transform vibrant green powder into a frothy delight that dances on your taste buds. It’s not just tea; it’s a symphony in a cup.

Now, let’s talk about the star of the show, UJIHA’s premium ceremonial grade matcha. Sourced straight from the lush fields of Uji, Kagoshima, and Shizuoka, this matcha isn’t your everyday grocery store find. It’s the real deal, meticulously picked, and radiation-tested to ensure that every sip is nothing short of perfection. You can even peek at the certificate of analysis and origin if you’re into that kind of tea-nerdery!

But wait, there’s more! Ever wish you could brew like the master himself? Well, grab your whisk and put on your apron, because we’ve got a special treat for you. Tea Master Ryo Iwamoto himself has brewed up a step-by-step YouTube video tutorial on how to prepare this liquid jade. And trust me, it’s worth watching more than the latest cat video. Click right here to dive into the world of matcha magic, UJIHA style!

What is Ceremonial Grade Matcha?

If you’re thinking ceremonial grade matcha is just a fancy name for green tea, buckle up, because we’re about to take you on a flavorful ride into the world of tea sophistication.

Ceremonial grade matcha is like the Oscar winner of the green tea universe. It’s the finest of the fine, the crème de la crème, the… well, you get the picture. It’s prepared from young tea leaves, painstakingly ground into a delicate powder that would make even Tinkerbell jealous.

Now, what makes UJIHA’s ceremonial grade matcha a real standout? Quality, baby, quality! We’re not talking about some run-of-the-mill stuff here. This matcha is sourced from the revered tea regions of Uji, Kagoshima, and Shizuoka. It’s the kind of matcha that other matchas write love songs about.

But hold on, we’re not done impressing you just yet. Our matcha undergoes rigorous testing for radiation. Why, you ask? Because we love our matcha as much as we love our customers, and that’s A LOT! Plus, we proudly flaunt our certificates of analysis and origin. It’s like the tea’s résumé, showing off all its qualifications and special skills.

In a nutshell, ceremonial grade matcha is more than just a drink; it’s a tradition, an experience, and a delightful little ceremony all wrapped into one vibrant green package. And with UJIHA, you know you’re getting the real deal, no funny business. Well, except for my jokes, but that’s another story!

Tools of the Trade

Ready to take the plunge into the rich world of ceremonial grade matcha? Fantastic! But before you dive in, you’ll need to equip yourself with the basic tools. Fear not, we’ve got the inside scoop on what you need, and if you want to see these tools in action, just hop over to specific sections of Tea Master Ryo Iwamoto’s video tutorial. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Matcha Bowl (Chawan): This is not your ordinary cereal bowl. The Chawan is specially crafted for matcha preparation, and its shape allows the whisk to move freely. Feel like a tea master just by holding it!
  • Bamboo Whisk (Chasen): A delicate tool that looks like it could write poetry. It’s used to whisk the matcha into a frothy goodness. Check out the way Ryo Iwamoto handles it in the video; it’s pure art!
  • Matcha Scoop (Chashaku): This elegant scoop is your go-to for dishing out the perfect amount of matcha powder. No more awkward guessing games with your kitchen spoons.
  • Sifter: Lumps in your matcha? Not on our watch! The sifter ensures that your matcha is smooth and lump-free.
  • Kettle or Teapot: To brew the perfect matcha, you’ll need hot water, and it better be in style! A good kettle or teapot will make sure the water’s just right.

And there you have it! These are the must-have tools for any matcha enthusiast looking to create a cup that would make even a tea master nod in approval. If you want to see how each tool is used, Tea Master Ryo Iwamoto’s video tutorial is there to guide you, step by elegant step. Now grab those tools and start whisking!

Step-by-Step Preparation Guide

How to prepare ceremonial grade matcha with Tea Master Ryo Iwamoto

Alright, tea enthusiasts, grab your tools and put on your game face; it’s time to prepare some matcha! But don’t worry, we’ll guide you through this ceremonial dance, one graceful step at a time. And for the visual learners among us, we’ve got specific timestamps in Tea Master Ryo Iwamoto’s video tutorial to make sure you’re on the right track. Here we go:

  1. Sift the Matcha (See video at 00:10): Take a scoop of matcha and sift it into your bowl. Remember, lumps are for mashed potatoes, not matcha. Learned that the hard way.
  2. Scoop 2g Matcha (00:27): Using your chashaku, scoop about 2g (2 scoops of the chashaku) of matcha into the chawan (bowl).
  3. Prepare 70℃ of 2oz (60ml) of water (00:40): Bring water to a boil then let it cool to 70℃. Or boil it to 70℃ if your kettle has those options. 
  4. Whisk it, Whisk it Good (00:49): Add 60ml of 70℃ hot water to the sifted matcha and whisk with the Chasen in a zigzag motion until it’s frothy. Aim for small to no bubbles in the foam. Warning: Don’t whisk like you’re beating eggs, unless you enjoy cleaning green splatter off your walls. Not that I’ve done that… recently.
  5. Serve tea with the decoration facing the guest (01:12): Always point the chawan’s best or decorated side towards the guest when serving tea. If it’s just for you, face the decoration towards yourself. When drinking, give the chawan two turns so that the decorated side ends up pointing to your left. Enjoy!
  6. Savor the Flavor: Take a moment to admire your handiwork, then take a sip and let the matcha magic happen. If your eyes don’t roll back in pure delight, you’ve probably used instant coffee by mistake. Don’t ask me how I know that.
  7. Cleanup Time: The art of tea is in the cleanup too! Rinse your tools and lay them out to dry. Treat them well, and they’ll be ready for your next matcha masterpiece. Unlike that time I put my Chasen in the dishwasher. Spoiler alert: Don’t do that.

And there you have it! You’ve just made a cup of matcha worthy of a tea master’s nod. If you’re feeling lost at any point, just head to the video, and Tea Master Ryo Iwamoto will whisk you back on track. Now go on, make another cup; practice makes perfect! Or at least, less messy.

Tips from Tea Master Ryo Iwamoto

You’ve got the basics down, but are you ready to take your matcha game to the next level? Of course you are! Let’s dig into some exclusive tips and tricks straight from the tea master himself, Ryo Iwamoto, as demonstrated in his amazing video tutorial. These are the subtle touches that can turn your matcha from marvelous to mind-blowing.

The Whisking Waltz (Video at 00:54): Notice how Ryo Iwamoto’s wrist moves in a gentle zigzag motion? That’s not random; it’s rhythm. It’s like a waltz for your matcha, creating that perfect froth without splashing all over the place.

Bowl Etiquette: Preheating the bowl isn’t just about warmth; it’s about respect. It prepares the Chawan for the matcha and creates the perfect environment for your tea. It’s like giving your bowl a friendly “How do you do?”

Scoop with Grace (00:15): The way Ryo uses the Chashaku isn’t just for show. That elegant scooping motion ensures you get just the right amount of matcha. No clumsy dumping here; it’s all about grace.

Treat Your Tools Righ: Clean them carefully and properly. The Matcha life is also about honoring the tools of the trade. Treat them well, and they’ll be your loyal tea companions for years to come.

Savor with All Your Senses: Don’t gulp down the tea like one perfect shot! Take a moment to savor the aroma, the texture, and the flavor. It’s not just a drink; it’s an experience. Make sure to give your matcha the attention it deserves.

The Perfect Temperature: Getting the water just right isn’t a guessing game. Ryo’s precise with his temperature, ensuring it’s hot but not scalding. It’s like a warm hug for your matcha, not a blistering bear hug.

Embrace the Ceremony (Entire Video): Lastly, watch how Ryo’s entire preparation is a ceremony, not a chore. Every movement is deliberate, every step is enjoyed. It’s not just about making tea; it’s about embracing an ancient tradition in every cup.

So there you have it, the master’s touch that can elevate your matcha preparation into an art form. Study these techniques, practice them, and you might just find yourself whisking your way into matcha mastery. But most importantly, enjoy the journey. It’s a tea ceremony, after all, not a tea sprint!

Pairing Ceremonial Grade Matcha with Food

You’ve mastered the preparation; now, what to nibble alongside your exquisite cup of ceremonial grade matcha? Ah, the possibilities are endless! But fret not, we’re here to guide your taste buds to a harmonious pairing that’ll have your mouth singing love songs to your matcha. Here’s a tasty lineup:

  • Traditional Japanese Sweets (Wagashi): An obvious but unbeatable choice. Wagashi and matcha are like the dynamic duo of the tea world. Think Batman and Robin, but way more delicious.
  • Chocolate Delights: Dark chocolate, in particular, can bring out the richness of your matcha, creating a flavor dance in your mouth. And who doesn’t want to dance with chocolate?
  • Fresh Fruit: Sliced strawberries, kiwi, or citrus can add a refreshing touch that complements the earthy notes of your matcha. It’s like a fruit salad for your soul.
  • Cheese Platter: Yes, cheese! A mild, creamy cheese can be a surprising but delightful companion to your matcha. Try it once, and you’ll be like, “Where have you been all my life?”
  • Savory Pastries: Flaky croissants, buttery biscuits, or savory muffins can make your tea time feel like a royal feast. Wear a crown if you must; we won’t judge.
  • Vegan Treats: Matcha loves everyone, so why not pair it with some vegan cookies or cakes? They’ll hug your matcha like a warm, friendly embrace from Mother Earth herself.
  • Seafood Delicacies: Feeling adventurous? A delicate seafood dish like sushi or a shrimp cocktail can turn your tea time into an exquisite culinary journey. Buckle up!
  • Breakfast Buddies: Granola, yogurt, or a stack of pancakes. Why not start your day with a ceremonial bang? Your taste buds will thank you all day long.

Remember, pairing your matcha is like pairing your socks; it doesn’t always have to match, but when it does, it’s just satisfying. Feel free to experiment, mix and match, and find your own perfect pairing. Your matcha is your canvas, and these foods are your palette. Now go create a culinary masterpiece!

Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

We’ve all been there – that moment when your matcha preparation goes from a Zen-like experience to a comedy of errors. But fear not, dear tea enthusiasts! We’re here to help you dodge those common matcha mishaps, or at least, laugh at them. Buckle up, and let’s dive into those blunders:

  • The Clumpy Catastrophe: You forgot to sift, and now your matcha looks like a science experiment gone wrong. Solution? Embrace the sifter like a long-lost friend. It’ll keep those clumps at bay and your dignity intact.
  • Water Woes: Too hot, and you’ve scorched your matcha. Too cold, and it’s a lukewarm letdown. Solution? Get yourself a thermometer or kettle with temperature control. It’s like having a matcha babysitter.
  • Whisking Whiplash: Overzealous whisking can lead to splatters, mess, and a whisk that looks like it’s seen battle. Solution? Channel your inner Zen master and whisk with grace, not rage. Your walls will thank you.
  • Scoop Confusion: Using a tablespoon to scoop your matcha? That’s like using a shovel to eat spaghetti. Solution? Invest in a proper Chashaku; it’s the tuxedo of matcha scoops.
  • Bowl Blunders: Using a cereal bowl? Oh, dear. Your matcha deserves better. Solution? Get yourself a Chawan. It’s the throne upon which your matcha will reign.
  • Ignoring the Ritual: Treating matcha preparation like a pitstop on your morning rush? It’s not fast food! Solution? Slow down and savor the process. Your matcha isn’t going anywhere, except into your happy belly.
  • Mismatched Pairings: Serving your matcha with leftover pizza? Creative, but no. Solution? See our delightful pairing guide above. Your matcha deserves a date that complements, not clashes.
  • Tool Abuse: Dishwashing your delicate bamboo whisk? Oh, the humanity! Solution? Handwash with love, as if washing a baby unicorn’s hair. Trust us, it’s worth the effort.

There you have it, a survival guide to common matcha mishaps. Remember, even the great tea masters had to start somewhere, probably with a few clumps and splatters of their own. Embrace the mistakes, learn from them, and soon you’ll be whisking like a pro. Or at least, like someone who doesn’t need to repaint their kitchen. Happy whisking!

Benefits and Enjoying Matcha Mindfully

Hold on to your teacups, because we’re diving into the magical world of matcha benefits, both for your body and your soul. Matcha isn’t just a delicious drink; it’s a meditative experience, a wellness wonder, and a friend in green. So grab your favorite mug, cozy up, and let’s explore why this tea is more than just a tasty beverage.

Health Benefits: You Glow, Matcha!

  • Antioxidant Powerhouse: Matcha is packed with antioxidants, ready to give your immune system a high-five.
  • Metabolism Booster: Trying to keep up with your energetic dog? Matcha can kickstart your metabolism, turning you into an energizer bunny.
  • Calm and Alert Mind: That serene focus isn’t just your imagination; L-theanine in matcha helps with calm alertness. It’s like yoga for your brain.
  • Heart Health Hero: Matcha doesn’t just warm your heart with its taste; it can actually support heart health. How’s that for a loving cuppa?
  • Sugar’s Best Frenemy: Matcha can help moderate blood sugar levels, making it a sweet choice without the sugar crash. Take that, candy bars!
  • Mindful Matcha Moments:
  • Meditative Preparation: Making matcha isn’t a rushed affair. It’s a process, a ritual, a chance to slow down and be present. Ever found yourself lost in the whisking motion? That’s mindfulness in action, my friend.
  • Sipping Serenity: A quiet moment with your matcha is like a mini-meditation session. Feel the warmth, taste the earthy goodness, and just be. Ahh, inner peace in a cup!
  • Social Bonding: Sharing matcha with friends or family isn’t just about sipping tea; it’s about connection, laughter, and creating memories. Ever spilled matcha on a first date and still got a second one? That’s the magic of matcha!
  • A Journey of Discovery: Exploring different ceremonial grade matcha from Uji, Kagoshima, and Shizuoka can be a delightful adventure. Each sip can tell a story, evoke a feeling, or transport you to a Japanese tea garden.
  • Personal Matcha Musings: Remember that time when a cup of UJIHA’s ceremonial grade matcha turned a gloomy day into a moment of Zen? Or how about when a shared tea ceremony bonded strangers into friends? Those aren’t just cups of tea; those are experiences, life’s little pauses to savor, enjoy, and reflect.

So next time you prepare your matcha, don’t just gulp and go. Take a moment to breathe, to feel, to appreciate the art and heart in your cup. It’s not just about the taste; it’s about the journey, the moment, and the connection. Whether it’s your first cup or your thousandth, may each sip bring joy, health, and a touch of mindfulness. Happy sipping!


And there you have it, a whirlwind tour through the enchanting world of ceremonial grade matcha. From the wisdom of Tea Master Ryo Iwamoto to the delightful chaos of common mistakes (we’ve all been there), you’ve now got the tools, knowledge, and maybe even a chuckle or two to embark on your own matcha-making adventure.

Why not give it a whirl? Whether you’re a seasoned tea aficionado or a curious newbie, there’s always something to discover, taste, and enjoy in the world of matcha. With UJIHA’s premium ceremonial grade matcha, sourced straight from Uji, Kagoshima, and Shizuoka, you’ve got the green gold to start your journey.

And hey, if you ever find yourself in a matcha mishap, you’ve got the video tutorial by Tea Master Ryo Iwamoto to guide you back on track. Go ahead, click here, and whisk along with the master.

Feel like diving even deeper? Explore our range of matcha, accessories, and all things tea-tastic at UJIHA’s website. We’re not just selling tea; we’re serving up experiences, memories, and a sprinkle of Zen in every cup.

So grab that whisk, embrace that clump (then sift it out, please), and raise a cup to the beautiful, calming, and oh-so-tasty world of ceremonial grade matcha. Happy whisking, and even happier sipping! 🍵

Links and Additional Resources

Ready to take your matcha mastery to the next level? Below, you’ll find all the handy links and resources to whisk you on your way to becoming a matcha maven. (See what we did there? 😉)

Educate Your Whisking Hand:

Watch Tea Master Ryo Iwamoto’s Video Tutorial on YouTube: Learn from the best and whisk along with the master himself. Your matcha will thank you.

Get Your Matcha Fix:

UJIHA’s Ceremonial Grade Matcha: Dive into our selection of premium matcha, sourced straight from Uji, Kagoshima, and Shizuoka. Pure green goodness awaits.

Tea Accessories and Tools: From Chawan to Chashaku, we’ve got all the tools to make your matcha preparation a breeze. And look stylish doing it.

Dive Deeper:

UJIHA’s Matcha Blog: Craving more? Explore our blog for recipes, stories, and all the delightful tea tidbits you never knew you needed.

Radiation Test and Certificate of Origin: Quality matters, and we’ve got the proof. Peek at our certificates to see how we ensure the best for our matcha lovers.

So go on, explore, enjoy, and immerse yourself in the world of matcha. Whether you’re sipping, whisking, pairing, or simply reading, we’re here to make your matcha journey a delightful one. See you in the tea gardens!

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