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  1. My way to make Usucha:

    At first sieve the powder to avoid lumps. Put some hot water in your chawan to warm it up and put the chasen into the water to soften the strings (don’t know a better word for it, the bamboo splittings I mean). Let it sit till the chawan is heated, then toss the water away.
    Take about two scoops of matcha and put it in the chawan. Fill it with some hot water. The amount depends on how much matcha you use and how thick you like it. I use around 3 oz or 90 ml. The temperature is your choice. Some say very hot, some say cooler.
    Now take the chasen and with slow motions make sure that there is no matcha sticking to the ground. I hold the chasen wit my thumb, index and middle finger.
    Hold it firm with the fingers. Now make motions out of your (relaxed) wrist in shape of a “M” or “N” until you are satisfied with the foam. Relax while whisking!
    If you have used to much water, the foam won’t get very dense.
    Then make some circle motions with the chasen to get rid of some huge bubbles. Finally lift the chasen out of the center of the chawan.

  2. Matcha: Add matcha. Add water. WHISK WHISK WHISK WHISK WHISK WHISK into the sunset.

    I think the reason people have so many problems is because they don’t whisk enough.

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