Whiskers in My Tea – On Proper Care and Handling of Matcha Chasen (Bamboo Whisk)
This morning’s cuppa finished with a fibrous thread in the last sip. What is that and how did it get in my matcha bowl? I looked around the kitchen to see what could have landed in my chawan and realized my bamboo whisk was a bit worse for ware. The fine prongs were brittle and beginning to flake off when used to whisk tea. This was a good reminder of proper care and handling of the chasen. Before each use, rinse the whisk with warm water. This will soften the prongs and prevent brittle ends from breaking off into your tea. Also, to maintain the shape of the whisk, store your whisk on a tulip-shaped celadon whisk holder. However, bamboo whisks do need to be replaced from time to time.