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MATCHA | O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

MATCHA AND TEA 'CEREMONY'

What is matcha? 

Matcha (sometimes transliterated as ‘maccha’) is green tea (i.e. an unoxidized Camellia Sinensis leaf), micro-milled into a very fine powder. It is also the ‘core’ of the Japanese tea ceremony (more on that later).

What does ‘MATCHA’ (抹茶) mean? 
The first character, 抹 (mǒ in Chinese and ‘mat’ or ‘mac’ in Japanese) can be translated as wiping, rubbing or scrubbing. When talking about this type of tea, we should probably translate it as ‘whisking’. The second character, , means ‘tea’.

How did it start? 
Someone in China’s Song Dynasty (10th – 13th centuries) had the idea to pulverize green tea leaves (previously steamed and dried) and whisk them with hot water; it was a brilliant idea! Whisking tea became very popular not only in Song China but also in Korea and Japan. We thank Buddhist monks for spreading tea culture all over East Asia in this period. In Japan, a gentleman called Eisai (12th century) is often considered the father of Japanese tea culture. 

Cool facts:

  • Early Song Dynasty whisks were quite different. They started looking more like ‘little flat brooms’ and evolved into something reminiscent of a ‘bote bote’ chasen before looking like the whisks that we often see today. 
  • If you want to geek out, check out this article (in Chinese) about the evolution of Song Dynasty tea paraphernalia:  https://www.rujiazg.com/article/12143
  • If you want to experiment with an older style of tea whisk, please consider the bote bote chasen below.

 

 

MATCHA LOVE | STARTER'S KIT - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR
MATCHA LOVE | STARTER'S KIT - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

MATCHA LOVE | STARTER'S KIT

$170.00
TSUJI ASAHI | SINGLE CULTIVAR MATCHA - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR
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YAME O-23 MATCHA | CAFE EXPERIENCE - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

YAME O-23 MATCHA | CAFE EXPERIENCE

$59.00
HOSHINO MATCHA #1.5 - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR
MATCHA #1.5 - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

HOSHINO MATCHA #1.5

$35.00
LAND OF THE GODS | IZUMO I-23 MATCHA - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR
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LAND OF THE GODS | IZUMO I-23 MATCHA

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TSUJI S29 MATCHA | SAMIDORI + YABUKITA - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR
TSUJI S29 MATCHA | SAMIDORI + YABUKITA - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

TSUJI S29 MATCHA | SAMIDORI + YABUKITA

$39.00
Competition Grade & Heritage Matcha - Subscription - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

COMPETITION GRADE & HERITAGE MATCHA - SUBSCRIPTION

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Daily Tea Ceremony - Subscription - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

DAILY TEA CEREMONY - SUBSCRIPTION

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OSADA SAN'S 100% SAEMIDORI MATCHA | Cafe Experience Feature - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR
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OSADA SAN'S 100% SAEMIDORI MATCHA | Cafe Experience Feature

$26.00
TIN FOR MATCHA | re-fillable, airtight - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR
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REFILLABLE TIN FOR MATCHA

$5.00
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TSUJI S21 MATCHA | SAMIDORI + YABUKITA - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

TSUJI S21 MATCHA | SAMIDORI + YABUKITA

$36.00
Jeju Matcha | Smoothie + Latte - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

JEJU MATCHA | SMOOTHIE + LATTE

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TSUJI UJI HIKARI | Single Cultivar Matcha - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR
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TSUJI UJI HIKARI | Single Cultivar Matcha

$62.00
Matcha Feature of the Month | Competition Grade & Heritage Tea - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

MATCHA FEATURE OF THE MONTH | COMPETITION GRADE

$66.00
MATCHA FOUNDATIONS SUBSCRIPTION | Daily Shot, On Your Terms - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR
MATCHA FOUNDATIONS SUBSCRIPTION | Daily Shot, On Your Terms - O-FIVE RARE TEA BAR

MATCHA FOUNDATIONS SUBSCRIPTION | Daily Shot, On Your Terms

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