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Matcha Clumps Are a Sign of High Quality Matcha

Know Your Matcha
Jules Reyes

Matcha can be clumpy, don't be grumpy :)

We often receive questions about why matcha has clumps. There is a misconception that clumpy matcha equates to "bad" matcha, which is far from the truth. Keep reading on why clumps are an indicator of high quality, stone-ground matcha and for a tip on how to ensure each cup is clump-free.

Before our farm-direct matcha reaches you, it undergoes a process called stone grinding where tencha leaves are slowly funneled between two carved, granite stones and ground into a fine, delicate powder.
This process is slow and intentional to ensure that the friction between the two stones do not generate heat which can oxidize matcha if done too quickly. The friction generates static electricity that binds the fine particles together, which results in slightly larger clumps of matcha. So if you encounter clumps of matcha, you can rest assured knowing that it was in fact stone ground, a grinding method reserved for high quality matcha.



How can I get rid of matcha clumps?

We understand that sipping clumps of matcha isn't ideal - we, too, prefer a smooth, clump-free cup. The best way to avoid clumps is to sift your matcha through a stainless steel tea strainer or sieve.



It's a super easy step that only takes a few seconds. Simply place the stainless steel strainer over your cup or tea bowl and use a tea scoop (or spoon) to gently sift the matcha. 


I'm sifting but there are still large clumps of matcha in my drink...


Don't worry, we're here for you! If you are sifting your matcha and still finding that large clumps of matcha make it into your drink we recommend making a matcha shot that you would then pour into your drink of choice.



Crafting a matcha shot (one serving of matcha and 2 oz of warm water) is a helpful method to ensure that large clumps are broken down evenly. A mistake we often see is when a serving of matcha is placed into 6-8 ounces of liquid, then blended. Blending matcha into a smaller amount water (or milk), then pouring into your drink will almost always ensure a smooth, clump-free experience.


Where can I get a stainless steel sifter?


You can find our handy stainless steel sifter in our Complete Ceremony Set, Traditional Starter Set, and Modern Starter Set. It is also available separately