It's pretty unorthodox in the matcha world, but we think matcha reaches its fullest expression when frothed in a creamer with a handheld electric whisk, swirled like mad, and then poured into preheated bowls or cups.
We designed the shape of the creamer to produce the thickest and richest matcha crema (creamy foam). This meant that the creamer had to have a wider bottom to accommodate the foaming activity and taper toward the top. We asked one of our favorite ceramicists, Aletha Soule, to hand-make them for us. The shape is minimalist; nothing extra is needed, not even a handle. The glazes—eggshell and parchment—beautifully highlight the outrageous color of the matcha.
We've asked several ceramicists we love to create very special matcha bowls for us. The pleasure in drinking world-class matcha from these bowls is almost boundless.
Ceramicist Ray Morales's talent with glazes fills us with glee. The wabisabi glaze is a drop-dead gorgeous mauve-gray dotted with robin's egg blue in unpredictable patterns. Each one is very different... MORE
Also from the great Ray Morales. The neutral colors in the glaze set off the matcha brilliantly. Understated and elegant. Each piece is different — please understand that these hand-thrown beauties are one-of-a-kind... MORE
Another Ray Morales masterpiece. Sparse and soothing, light and beautiful. Pure delight as matcha vehicle. As with all Ray's bowls, they are all unique, so expect some variation from the images... MORE
Handmade in the UK from English bone china. Though you can see sunlight through the bowl, it's sturdy and absolutely lovely to hold. Sometimes you need the ultimate in simplicity, and this bowl is it... MORE
We don't always want to drink matcha from bowls; these cups are sometimes the perfect selection for a more casual matcha experience.
These off-center cups from Aletha Soule, handmade exclusively for us, are a great size for casual matcha: bigger than espresso cups, yet smaller than most teacups. Sipping matcha from these cups provides a lighter, more ethereal matcha experience than that of the traditional heavier bowls. Fill about 2/3 full with matcha poured from the creamer.
Making a dreamy cup of matcha in the breakaway style requires a few basic tools. Try to keep them altogether, in a tall pretty cup, say; that way, whenever you feel like having some matcha, you simply reach for the cup, and all the tools remain in one convenient place.
Working directly in the creamer, this stylish frother from Prepara takes just 10 seconds or so to make a perfectly frothed creamer of matcha. It produces a rich, creamy, thick green foam... MORE
This elegant small sieve creates a perfectly smooth matcha brew. It's necessary to sieve matcha because it will clump up if you don't; the tea is so finely ground that static electricity in the air creates clumping...MORE
Made of quality bamboo. One large heaping scoop is roughly 1 gram, the perfect amount for one cup of matcha... MORE
Make things easy on yourself -- have all three tools arrive in your mailbox! You'll get the frother, the sieve, and the scoop at a nice discount... MORE
The ideal way to store matcha. These violet-black jars are designed to block all UV light, and matcha seems to retain its vibrancy much longer in this UV-proof glass... MORE
Need the perfect bottle for whipping up some coldbrew? Here is it. We designed these bottles to create the perfect crema -- so much like a Guinness draft! 20 oz... MORE