Today we had the honor of receiving koicha (dark tea), meaning a thicker matcha tea, which is a rare occasion. Only good-quality matcha powder can be used for koicha, because koicha basically is a lot of powder with a bit of water for moisture. This makes the flavor of the matcha extremely strong. So if the powder is not good... well the tea would be terrible.
After the ceremony was finished, the other two guests took their leave, and I began my first hands-on lesson. My teacher began by laying out the essentials for the most basic tea ceremony out in front of me.
Until next time.