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    How to make Matcha

    How to make Matcha

    Step one: measure your Matcha

    Using a Bamboo Matcha scoop or a teaspoon, spoon out around a teaspoon, or 2-3 grams, of Matcha powder. If you like your green tea to be strong with a refreshing kick, try adding a bit more powder. If it's too strong, try using a bit less powder. Experimenting is key to finding the perfect cup of tea. 

    Step two: sifting

    Sift the measured amount of Matcha powder through a small fine sieve, into the cup or bowl that you will be using for drinking. The sieving of Matcha powder is essential to ensure the very fine particles do not stick together - ensuring that your cup is smooth and creamy rather than clumpy.

    Step three: add water

    Boil water to 90-95ºC and add the desired amount to your chosen cup / bowl. For best results, use freshly boiled spring mountain water.

    Step four: whisking

    Using a Bamboo Whisk, whisk vigorously in a zig zag direction, holding the whisk lightly and constantly flicking your wrist in a back and forth motion. Right before your eyes, the Matcha Powder will dissolve into the water. Once fully dissolved, you should have a frothy green liquid.

    Step five: enjoy your delicious and healthy cup of Matcha

    After leaving your tea to cool for approximately three minutes, you can start enjoying your freshly brewed Matcha Green Tea.

    Bonus step:

    Try combining a brewed cup of Matcha Green Tea with some steamed milk to create a delicious and wholesome Matcha latte.

    Xichan Temple: Chinese architecture at its best

    Xichan Temple: Chinese architecture at its best

    Fuzhou is not only the home of jasmine-scented green tea, it also houses a thriving selection of traditional Chinese architecture. The Xichan Temple in Fengwei Village was a hidden gem among these.

    The temple is located just 1.5km west of Fuzhou City, and can be reached by bus, mini cab, taxi or walking. After struggling to find the right stop for ages, we eventually caught the local bus from outside our hotel, and jumped off at the Xichan Temple bus stop just outside the front gates.

    Before entering we made a voluntary donation towards the upkeep of the temple and grounds. The time flew past us as we set about admiring the many lakes, bridges and lychee trees that covered the ground. The main temple, situated towards the back of the complex, has six different levels, with a wonderful view of the city on the top level.

    Wuliting Tea Leaves Wholesale Market, Fuzhou

    Wuliting Tea Leaves Wholesale Market, Fuzhou

    We caught a bus from our hotel to this wonderful tea market located nearby to the Wuliting Overpass in Fuzhou City. This tea market was recommend to us as being the best out of the three in Fuzhou - and we were not disappointed. On display were a wide, wide variety of teas alongside teapots, gaiwans and other tea-making accessories.

    Wengyangcun Tea Garden near Fu'an City

    Wengyangcun Tea Garden near Fu'an City

    Following our visit to the tea market earlier this morning, we drove along curving mountains roads a visit to a beautiful tea garden towards the west of Fu'an City. Our supplier, who we met for the first time at the tea market, drove us along a very picturesque mountain road for around 20 minutes until we reached the tea garden. Here, our Golden Peony Black Tea and the base tea material for our Love at First Sight Blooming Tea is grown. It is then shipped to this factory in Fu'An City for processing.

     

     

    Fu'an tea market

    Fu'an tea market

    Following our brief train journey from Fuding, we paid a visit to Fu'an tea market. Here, a wide variety of teas grown in the nearby mountains are sold. Tea cakes, some very old, were also available for purchase.