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How do I make a nice cup of matcha tea without the whisk?

I hear the recipe including the use of a whisk is a traditional way of making ceremonial matcha drink, but I'd like to know how to make a drink from matcha without a whisk.

Here's a photo of the tea whisk along with a bamboo spoon: enter image description here

I can't get a whisk right now, but if it turns out it's really worth making matcha drink according to the ceremonial recipe, I'll be sure to get it.

See also: What to use for a matcha whisk?

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Yeah, ok. I decided to change the question, since I'm really more interested in ways of making matcha drink without a whisk, and there are lots of tutorials for the traditional recipe. –  user1306322 Jun 1 '13 at 15:05

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I have had a lot of success getting matcha whipped into a nice froth (and getting rid of the little tea lumps) using a small blender, like a Magic Bullet. I just put the warm water and matcha powder into the blender, pulse it a few times, then blend it continuously for about 20 seconds.

If you don't mind putting in more elbow grease, a balloon whisk can work just as well for doing it by hand.

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The aerolatte handheld battery-operated milk frothers work very, very well with a little practice. Seriously great crema after you get the hang of it.

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