Bamboo Matcha Whisk (Chasen) is a must-have matcha teaware in the tea ceremony and it is handmade using bamboo.
Peel the bamboo tube, then go through an extensive process such as cutting, thinning, polishing, crimping and shaping, etc., to complete the Matcha Whisk (Chasen) like an artwork.
Matcha whisk is used to blend matcha powder and water perfectly into a creamy froth, allowing the full flavor of matcha to shine through.
The name of this matcha whisk is “百本立 “, which is suitable for brewing Usucha (Thin Tea) and Koicha(Thick Tea). It is especially recommended for those with experience in whisking matcha and for those value traditional tea ceremony rituals.
First time usage:
1) It is recommended to pour hot water into the matcha bowl first, and then put the Matcha Whisk (Chasen) into the warming bowl. Soak the brush head with hot water for a few minutes.
2) The curled ends (the branch of the Whisk) are slightly soaked and spread out. During the process, the Matcha Whisk (Chasen) has to be moved clockwise and counterclockwise to gently rub the center of the tea bowl back and forth.
➜This allows the brand new Matcha Whisk (Chasen) to enter a better state of use, and brush out a denser and finer foam.
Before each usage:
1) It is also recommended to soak the Matcha Whisk (Chasen) for 1-2 minutes.
➜The moistened Matcha Whisk (Chasen) will be softer and more elastic and will not break easily when used.
X Do not remove the black wire on the Matcha Whisk (Chasen). The black wire is used to stable the branches of the Whisk.
X Avoid pressing or rubbing the tip of the Matcha Whisk(Chasen) forcefully against the bottom of the Matcha Bowl(Chawan) when whisking matcha
X Matcha Whisk (Chasen) cannot be exposed to the sun, let it dry naturally, cannot be soaked in water for a long period of time
The Matcha Whisk (Chasen) is a consumable item and can be used repeatedly. As the stalks of 百本立 are relatively large and thin, there is a chance of broken branches after long-term use. The life span of each Matcha Whisk (Chasen) depends on the usage, frequency, and proper maintenance.
Each Matcha Whisk (Chasen) is handmade and the artwork and color of the actual object may be slightly different from the picture, the picture is for reference only.
The new Matcha Whisk (Chasen) needs to keep its shape, so it will curl inward to set the shape. As the usage increases, the branch will gradually straighten, loosen and change its color. This is a natural phenomenon, and it is also the most effective state for the Matcha Whisk (Chasen).
Cleaning and maintenance: ：
After using the Matcha Whisk (Chasen), you should
1) Flush it immediately to wash away the remaining tea stains (do not use dishwashing liquid or soak it in water)
2) Let it dry naturally to avoid mold growth
To avoid deformation, it is recommended to place the Matcha Whisk (Chasen) in an upside-down form (handle up and brush head down) on Matcha Whisk Holder (Kusenaoshi) after rinsing. So it can maintain the shape, coolness and extend the life of the Matcha Whisk (Chasen).
Bamboo is a natural plant and is prone to mold. After washing the Matcha Whisk (Chasen), let it dry completely and store it in a cool, dry place.
You can also regularly use natural oils (such as olive oil) to smear the surface of the Matcha Whisk (Chasen) to keep the original luster.
If you use the whisk to mix other things besides matcha, such as milk, the whisk could take on an odour. Wash it with water as soon as possible after usage to prevent this from happening.
Size: Approximately 11 cm x 6 cm