Tea Strainer (Chakoshi)
|Box size||2.9" x 1.4" x 5.3" (Comes in transparent plastic box)|
|Strainer size||2.9" x 5.6"|
Sift your matcha powder before whisking it. It'll mix better with water that way
We often suggest using a household tea strainer to filter loose leaf tea as you pour, or to filter the clumps that sometimes build up in matcha powder. As a high quality option, we offer the Ippodo Tea Strainer, complete with receiving bowl. The handle of this fine stainless steel strainer and the bottom of the receiving bowl are decorated with Ippodo's seal.
People looking for an easier way to make Japanese green tea can use this tea strainer with a Western- style teapot as an alternative to a kyusu. (A kyusu will have a tea strainer built into the spout, so the leaves will be automatically filtered out as you pour the tea.)
Brew in a teapot with loose leaves directly in the pot, and then pour all of the tea out through this tea strainer into a mug or another container to remove the leaves.
The tea strainer is also a convenient way to brew single servings of konacha, as explained below. Finally, the tea strainer can be used to sift matcha powder before mixing it, which makes whisking matcha delightfully simple.
How to use the tea strainer
As a substitute for a matcha sieve
A tea strainer can be used as a convenient way to sift matcha powder directly into a tea bowl, travelling flask, or other vessel. Use this method when preparing few servings. Use a matcha sieve when filtering large amounts of matcha powder.
- Place the desired amount of matcha powder in a dry tea strainer.
- Filter the powder by pushing it through the mesh using a chashaku (tea ladle) or teaspoon.
Note: Clumps naturally develop in matcha powder. If you prepare matcha powder without sifting it, the matcha will have clumps remaining in it when you try to drink it, which will not be so pleasant. Matcha doesn't dissolve in hot water, so the clumps will not dissolve even if you pour hot water on them. This is why sifting matcha powder in advance makes it easier to prepare.
As a substitute for a kyusu
This is a very easy way to make tea because you brew directly inside the teacup, without using a kyusu. We recommend that you use konacha for this method of brewing.
- Place konacha in the tea strainer
- Pour on hot water in a circular pattern
Note: Ippodo USA & Canada Online Shop does not currently stock konacha.
This strainer makes it so easy to make a perfect cup of matcha. Gets rids of all the clumps for a perfectly smooth cup. Wouldn’t make it without one.
I LOVE this strainer! It absolutely changes the game with matcha. I really didn’t believe it would but i am so glad i was wrong! I haven’t tried it with loose tea yet but i plan to. And the strainer itself is so so so beautiful. A wonderful product and one i hope to keep for a very long time!