Iced Houjicha (Tea Recipes)Iced Houjicha (Tea Recipes)

Iced Matcha

Sen no Rikyu (1522 - 1591) who created the Japanese Tea Ceremony, unfortunately did not include a recipe for Iced Matcha in his teachings. It was invented later by an instructor of the traditional Tea Ceremony. But this instructor had to enjoy it by himself in secret because only hot Matcha was allowed in the formal Tea Ceremony. Fortunately today we do not need to be secretive about enjoying delicious Iced Matcha!
  • Cool the Matcha bowl in the refrigerator in advance, if possible (not essential).
  • Sift the matcha in order to prevent lumps, so the flavor and texture will be smooth and mellow.
  • Pour 2 Chashaku (traditional bamboo spoon) or 1 teaspoon of sifted Matcha into the Matcha bowl that has been cooled in advance.
  • Pour 70ml (2.46fl oz) of 32 - 41F (0 - 5C) temperature water into the Matcha bowl and whisk with the Chasen (bamboo whisk) until the tea gets frothy. Matcha gets frothy when it is mixed with either cold 32F (0C) temperature or hot boiling water.
  • Iced Matcha is also delicious served with milk and sugar as chilled Matcha au Lait.

Using a HIRA Chawan in the Summer

Preparing Iced Matcha using a HIRA Chawan is another way to evoke a cooling atmosphere during the hot summer months. This flat, open and low style of Matcha bowl was developed by ancient tea masters to bring a cool atmosphere during the tea ceremony because tea ceremony rules do not allow for the preparation of Matcha using iced water. The unique shape of the HIRA Chawan creates a cool atmosphere even when Matcha is prepared with hot water. Try Iced Matcha prepared with a HIRA Chawan and experience the wisdom of ancient tea masters.


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You can brew Iced Matcha with any of our Matcha teas.

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