Hand made from premium-quality bamboo by talented Japanese artisans, this whisk is for matcha enthusiasts wishing to enjoy an authentic Japanese tea ceremony at home. Chasen (tea whisks) are bamboo whisks, ideal for whisking matcha powder and hot water together to create the tea's characteristic frothy top.
With the global popularization of matcha, it’s easy to find mass-produced matcha whisks that are almost always poorly made and break easily. Matcha whisks made in Japan invariably offer better quality as the craftsman’s constant attention to detail shows through in each step- from carefully choosing the ideal piece of bamboo to meticulously cutting and shaping each time to uniform perfection.
Place the appropriate amount of tea powder (approx. 2g) and hot water in a small bowl, and begin to whisk. The trick is to slightly arch your wrist and (while only moving your wrist) whisk the ingredients as quickly as possible using an M- or W-shaped motion, taking special care not to scrape the strings across the bottom of the bowl. After an even layer of foam has been achieved, slowly remove the whisk in a swirling motion to create a soft peak of foam on top. Once finished, you can proceed to clean and store it as instructed below.
Prior to first use, let it set in hot water for a few minutes. Dampen it before every use to prevent damaging the strings while whisking. To clean your whisk, carefully rinse it under running water. If needed, use your fingers to gently remove remaining matcha. Do not let the bamboo sit in water. Do not use dishwasher, dryer or dish soap.
Correctly storing a Chasen is one of the most important steps that can be taken to ensure long-term use. Make sure to never store it with the strings facing down and directly touching the surface it is being placed upon. Using a kusenaoshi (Chasen holder) will help retain the shape, but if one is not available, store the whisk with the strings facing up. Note that the strings will gradually lose shape over time but if properly taken care of can last up to two years or more depending on quality, craftsmanship, and frequency of use.
Sazen Tea Co. is a Kyoto-based company operating in Japan. It was founded in 2014 by Motonari Jotatsu (historian, Japanese tea instructor, Chinese tea advisor) and his wife, Agnes Balogh (graphic designer, Urasenke tea artist). Its goal is to provide high-quality teas and tea utensils, and to spread the greatness of tea culture. Their products are made by skilled artisans across Japan, ensuring quality and reliability.