Matcha Tea Ceremony:
a tea practice as old as time
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The Matcha Tea Ceremony, or Chado, which translates to "the way of tea" in Japanese, is a tradition that dates all the way back to the 9th century. The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate harmony, respect, and tranquility.
What happens during the ceremony?
Matcha ceremonies are often set with a formal invitation. Guests are welcomed into the ceremony room, which will have been cleaned and prepared with all the proper tools: the scoop or chashaku, the whisk or chasen, the matcha bowl or chawan, and often desserts and decorations. The ceremony begins with a purification process as the host cleans each utensil that will be used in the ritual including the matcha bowl, whisk, and scoop. Then the host prepares the matcha and hot water, and the matcha bowl is passed in a circle so everyone may take a few sips while practicing mindfulness. Once everyone has finished, the host and guests bow to each other to demonstrate respect and to conclude the ceremony. Matcha ceremonies can take up to 4 hours and may include a seasonally inspired meal!
The ceremony transports you to an era of beautiful simplicity, where honor and respect are conveyed through small gestures.
Matcha tastes bold, earthy, and clean. Matcha supports healthy brain function, boosts metabolism, and is rich in antioxidants. When you drink matcha, you are consuming the full tea leaf and all of the leaf's nutrients!
Happy tea time friends!
SHOP MATCHA MAKING TOOLS FOR YOUR CEREMONY AT HOME: