Make Authentic Matcha at Home With the New Ippukubox Set

25.April.2020 | FOOD

TAKAHASHI KOGEI has launched a new matcha making set called the Ippukubox which comes with everything you need to make authentic Japanese matcha.

 

For many of us, our time indoors has increased. When taking a break from remote work we head to the kitchen to make ourselves a drink. We’ve all had those moments when we’re torn between making coffee, black tea, herbal tea, and so on. In those undecided moments, why not try making a cup of matcha instead?

The Ippukubox is a 15cm box which comes with all the necessary gear for making mathca: a chawan cup, chasen tea whisk, chashaku teaspoon, and a natsume tea caddy for preserving your matcha.

 

The inside of the box is lined with Echizen paper from Fukui Prefecture which not only makes it look beautiful, but protects your matcha tools from becoming damaged as a result of rubbing together.

 

Generally in Japan, when you think about making matcha, the traditional tea ceremony springs to mind which follows strict rules when it comes to making the drink. But the Ippukubox is made for personal use, and so you can add as much or as little matcha or hot water as you like, and practice making it even if you don’t know the proper techniques. You can even add hot milk to make a matcha latte and enjoy a tasty treat with it.

The chawan teacup is Echizen ware from Fukui and was made specially for the Ippukubox. Its cute size makes it fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, but it’s also spacious enough for using the whisk.

The outside design of the box is also made in such a way that it fits seamlessly into modern living and dining spaces. Each wooden box is handcrafted individually and is layered in a matte coating to protect the wood.

*This chawan teacup is different to the one included in the set

The lid of the box can even be used as a tray as pictured above to fit your drink and snack.

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    “We’re gonna get brain freeze! <laughs>”

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    ―ALL MEMBERS
    “For sure! Sounds fun!”

     ―AYAKA
    “I want to try making a watermelon dessert!”

    ―MAKO
    “I love that! You’re the best, AYAKA! <laughs>”

    ―NINA
    “I love ice cream, so I wanna try making some myself to enjoy with everyone!”

    ―RIO
    “I’m bad at swimming, so I want to learn to swim this summer!”

     ―MAYA
    “I want to go to a summer camp with all the members, with a BBQ and campfire, and to try out new things together!”

    ―MIIHI
    “I really love summer festivals, so I want to eat something at home with someone you can only get at summer festivals, like whole pickled cucumbers!”

    ―RIMA
    “Summer means nagashi somen noodles, so I really want those!”

    ―MAKO
    “Shall we go get some bamboo then? <laughs>”

    ―RIKU
    “Let’s all get some together! <laughs>”

     


    As part of the Coca-Cola Summer Challenge, NiziU had a go at the summer Coke mix challenge in a video which shows you how to best into Coke in summer.

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