All across North America Matcha green tea drinks and baked goods are becoming commonplace on menus as palates become more acquainted with Matcha. We at Aiya have also seen a steady increase in the amount Matcha people are buying for personal use. It is truly amazing to see how healthy the Matcha market has become over just the past handful of years!
On the other hand, however, while most people have now at least tried Matcha and know what it tastes like and even how to make a drink with it, they may not be quite familiar with the nuances of using it or what tools can make an already delicious cup of Matcha a perfect cup of Matcha. Luckily, we at Aiya are dedicated to not just selling the finest Matcha on the market; we take Matcha education just as seriously. To that end, for this blog entry, we would like to highlight a very useful Matcha tool – The Matcha Can Strainer.
Matcha, since it is so fine, tends to naturally clump. It is completely normal, for example, to open a tin of Matcha and see some pea-sized balls of Matcha on the top of the can. This tendency for clumping, while it does not negatively affect the tea in the least, can affect the overall smoothness of the finished cup. It is for this reason that we always recommend putting your Matcha through a sifter before adding water and whisking. Well sifted Matcha will whisk more easily with water and produce the smoothest, finest cup. For the occasional Matcha drinker, a hand strainer is an excellent fit – position your strainer over a bowl, scoop the Matcha directly into it, and sift for each cup.
For the more regular Matcha drinker or especially for food service where time is a factor and sifting your Matcha before each cup may be too troublesome, the Matcha Can Strainer is the best tool you can have in your arsenal. Completely capable of holding an entire 100g bag (50 servings of Matcha if you prepare with the traditional 2g per serving), you can take the time to sift all of your Matcha once and then have it ready to go, pre-sifted so you can scoop and serve without having to worry about clumping. This makes smooth, completely even Matcha drinks. Even in the Aiya office we use the Matcha strainer can everyday – sift it once every few weeks and everyone can make Matcha quickly and easily.
In addition to our Tame / Russet Red Matcha Strainer Can we are proud to announce that a new BLACK strainer is also available!