Sift your matcha powder before whisking it
In the past, Ippodo has suggested using a household tea strainer to easily make konacha or filter the clumps that sometimes build up in matcha powder, but never offered a tea strainer as an Ippodo product. Until now.
It'll mix better with water that way
In answer to the many customer requests for a tea strainer that can be purchased at our store, we now offer the Ippodo Tea Strainer, complete with receiving bowl. The handle of this fine stainless steel strainer and the bottom of the receiving bowl are decorated with Ippodo's seal.
People who live alone or those looking for an easier way to make Japanese green tea can use this tea strainer, which makes removing tea leaves easy, instead of a kyusu. When making Japanese green tea with a strainer, we recommend that you use konacha tea.
However, to get the most out of Japanese green tea, we recommend taking the time to brew the tightly wound tea leaves in a kyusu so as to allow them to unravel and, thus extracting all of the tea's core components.
How to use the tea strainer
1. As a substitute for a kyusu
This is a very easy way to make tea because you brew directly inside the teacup, without using a kyusu. We recommend that you use konacha for this method of brewing.
1) Place konacha in the tea strainer.
Note: Ippodo sells three types of konacha—Gyokuro-ko. Flakes, Sencha-ko Flakes, and Hanako Flakes.
2) Pour on hot water in a circular pattern.
2. As a substitute for a matcha sieve
A tea strainer can be used as a convenient way to filter matcha powder directly into a chawan (tea bowl). Use this method when preparing individual servings. Use a matcha sieve when filtering large amounts of matcha powder.
1) Place the desired amount of matcha powder in the tea strainer.
2) Filter the powder by pushing it through the mesh using the chashaku (tea ladle).
Note: Clumps sometimes develop in matcha powder due to static electricity. If you prepare matcha while it still has clumps in it, the person being served will end up drinking the clumps, which will detract from the experience. Matcha doesn't dissolve in hot water, so the clumps will not dissolve even if you pour hot water on them. Filtering matcha powder in advance makes it easier to prepare.