Bamboo Matcha Whisk, or Chasen, for preparation of japanese powdered tea (Matcha). Essential for the japanese tea ceremony. This bamboo whisk of size 120 with its higher number of bristles is particularly suitable for the preparation of Usucha (thin tea).
- Handcrafted Bamboo Matcha Whisk
- 120 bristles - creates a finer foam - for advances users
- Traditional Utensil for preparation of Matcha Tea
- Adds that traditional froth to the top of the matcha drink
What does 120 mean?
The matcha broom is made by hand: The bamboo piece is split over and over with a sharp, special knife. Depending on the thickness of the bamboo, a chasen is created with a different number of bristles. Size 80 does not mean exactly 80 bristles. The actual number of outer bristles is between 76 and 82. With a 120 mm matcha broom it is approx. 90 to 96. The bamboo itself is a little thicker with a 120 broom than with an 80 mm broom.
The 120 chasen offered here is more suitable for some beginners because the handle is a little thicker. The higher number of bristles also leads to more foam on the matcha a little faster. It is only suitable for thin tea (Usucha), not for thick or mushy tea (Koicha).
Note on use and storage:
The matcha whisk is delivered in plastic container. This packaging is only used for transport. It is not suitable for storage after use. Under no circumstances should the Chasen be stored in the closed container when it is damp.
The matcha whisk is an important utensil for preparing matcha. It is a commodity that, with good care, will last a long time, but not forever. To keep the Chasen in good condition, please note the following:
A dry chasen tends to break the bristles when the matcha is opened. Therefore, the bristles should be made pliable by carefully turning them in hot water before each use.
The chasen needs to dry after use. There is a special stand for this, called a chasentate. The bamboo broom can dry quickly there. It is even more important that it always stays in the right shape on such a stand, but at the same time the inner ribs can unfold properly.
Whipping the Matcha is relatively easy: the Matcha powder is whipped with very quick movements of the wrist, like writing an "M". A fine, jade green foam forms.