Nikko matchawan is a handcrafted bowl destined for drinking matcha, made of stoneware clay on a rustic pottery wheel. Matchawan is a tool for Chanoyu – the ritual tea ceremony – of a centuries-old tradition. It is particularly recommended for matcha preparation and consumption. Its tall vertical walls and broad bottom facilitate the process of combining matcha powder with water and help to quickly obtain foam on the surface. It can be done with the use of a chasen – matcha bamboo whisk, or a milk frother. It is important to remember that the temperature of the liquid, in which one decides to prepare one’s matcha, should not exceed 80°C. Nikko matcha bowl was created as a part of a limited edition designed for MOYA by Spiek studio, founded by Karolina Byczkowska in 2013. It’s extremely lightweight and contoured in a way, which makes it perfect also for the owners of slightly smaller palms.
The traditional way to prepare matcha comes from the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It involves using a matcha bowl, a bamboo whisk- chasen and a bamboo spoon- chashaku. Place 2 chashaku spoons of matcha (1,5g) in a matcha bowl and pour 100ml of hot water (80 °C). Chasen in hand, vigorously whisk your matcha from the wrist in m-shaped, not circular, motion. In about 20 seconds your bowl should be filled with a perfect jade-green foam. You can add more water now if you like your matcha to be less strong.
Watch how Hitomi Saito, cofounder of Moya Matcha, prepares perfect matcha.