Hey there Teacups! For this week’s Matcha Monday post I wanted to share something a little bit different from my normal matcha content and talk to you all about the list of matcha goals I have for the rest of 2020 and throughout 2021. I’ve loved matcha for a long time now but I am still yet to throw myself into learning more about it so I’ve decided to post my matcha to do list here for you all to see in hopes that it will: 1) Help me stick to my plan and 2) Help some of you learn about more about matcha as well.
I had aimed to work on these since the start of the year but health wise I haven’t really been able to do as much as I wanted to so I’m only really just getting to make a start on some of these. But I’m going to do my best to work on these aims slowly through out the rest of 2020 and all of 2021 and if you would like to see me document my journey with them all let me know I’ll be more than happy to devote at least 1 Matcha Monday post a month to talking about what I’ve been doing and what I have learnt.
My 2020/2021 Matcha Goals
1) Learn more about the the Urasenke & Omotesenke schools of Japanese tea ceremony. This is something I have wanted to do for a while now as I have always been incredibly interested in learning more about the Japanese tea ceremony when it comes to matcha. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to throw myself into this aim as much as I would have liked, but I was recently inspired to start learning about both of these schools of Japaneses tea ceremony when I was introduced to pond style whisking (taught by Omotesenke) by @sylvantea and did a post all about it for a matcha Monday not too long ago. Since then when my pain has allowed me too I’ve been trying to learn more about both of these schools of Japanese tea ceremony and even though I’ve not even scratched the surface yet I’ feel like I’ve learnt quite a bit. I just wish there were more resources available for UK tea lovers to full learn hands on. If you’re currently studying under either of these schools and you can point me in the direction of great learning resources please let me know.
2) Learn more about matcha in general. I know how open ended that sounds but with this aim I’m talking more about learning the full process behind how matcha is created. Of course I already know a little bit about its process but I want to take a much more in depth look into it all starting from learning about different cultivars, the different regions / prefectures it is grown in and how that can effect the matcha, the growing in general, the harvesting, how it is processed after it’s been harvested and so much more. Again with this one it’s going to require a lot of effort on my part and is definitely something I and going to have to put a lot of time into probably even into 20201 but I’m really excited to just learn so I can appreciate the matcha I drink each day even more.
3) Not only to drink matcha everyday but to sit and do proper tasting session with my Chawan, Chashaku and Chasen. I pretty much start every morning with matcha in some way shape or form but through the later half of 2020 and all the way through 2021 I want to be much more mindful when it comes to matcha and do as many proper tasting sessions as I can. Mostly because it helps me to relax, focus, and savour the matcha with each and every sip. It’s definitely a form of self care for me, so I hope that putting aside more time for it in later 2020 and 2021 will help me reduce some stress and give me some form of escape from day to day anxiety, horrible pain and worries.
So there you have it, those are my 3 matcha goals for 2020 and 2021! I hope you’ll all join me on my journey and in turn also learn more about matcha yourselves. I know there are probably quite a few of you that know all there is to know about matcha so If you have anything to say about anything I mentioned in this post let me know in the comments when it comes to the first two prompts I could do with all the help I can get! Like I always say if you have any questions at all send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog or put them in the comments and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley