When it comes to making matcha, the bamboo utensil known as the chasen, or matcha whisk, is indispensable. In the wild, bamboo grows in dense forests where the plants rub up against each other forming scratches and stains. These naturally formed scratches and stains are part of the beauty of the chasen, coincidental patterns created by the hand of nature. Many aspects of chasen, each made by an expert hand so as to bring out the natural properties of the bamboo, highlight the skilled craftsmanship that went into their manufacture.
Tradition has it that a high-quality chasen can last long enough to make over one hundred cups of matcha. If used properly, this chasen is more than durable enough to last that long. Nevertheless, because it is a consumable item, we recommend that you replace it once the tips begin to thin out.
Putting it in the case before it is completely dry can cause it to become moldy. It is recommended to use a Whisk Stand (Chasen Tate) to preserve durability.
Check out our matcha brewing guide on how to make matcha!
By: Ippodo Tea Co.