(Description edited for content brevity - Amazon descriptions are more long winded than me!)
After reviewing some 50+ different matcha teas, you begin to pick up on a few things. Like, all that whisking is hard work and I'm too lazy to whisk that hard before daylight. Since I start everyday with a cold latte (thanks to Starbucks for the green tea Frappuccino addiction), it seems that overcoming the lazy obstacle has become more of a priority.
I first started mixing matcha with a spoon. It works. Sort of. Not really. You cannot easily work up a solid foam this way. I later switched to using a small plastic kitchen whisk. It does work but it takes wrist muscles.
The traditional method is to use a bamboo whisk. I was almost ready to hit the send button on an order when I started noticing some reviewers mentioning a milk frother. This one has been reviewed over 700 times on Amazon and has 4 1/2 stars. At this time it is $7.49 on Amazon. That is cheaper than even the lowest quality bamboo whisk. So, lets see what happens. In the basket. Click. Ordered.
My first impression when I saw the box was - that's tiny. I've seen fancy ink pens come in bigger boxes. I noticed one note on the box that reads, "Made with love in China." Just gives you warm fuzzies doesn't it?
After opening the box, I realize the size makes sense for what this does. The AA batteries do not come with the unit. I included them as a size reference. Also in the box was a coupon for $5 off on a purchase of MatchaDNA tea. If you use the coupon that essentially reduces the cost of the frother to $2.49. The tip is stainless steel. The case is plastic. If you use an inexpensive battery operated toothbrush, then this has that same kind of feel to it. The batteries were easily installed and now I'm ready for a test drive.
I am a guy. I don't know much about kitchen gadgets. Fortunately, I had read up on the milk frother reviews a little. I knew enough to put the tip in the water before turning it on. This little thing has some serious rpm's going on when you flip the switch. Start it up, and then hit the water with it, and I pretty much guarantee, you, the walls, and maybe the ceiling, will be green.
I began with the tip low in the mug and along the edge before gently pulsing the switch on and off until I got the feel for it. Once I was comfortable I pushed the switch until it locked in the on position. I then worked slowly up and down the side for just a few seconds.
It doesn't take much effort at all, only a little courage the first time.
The result is a well mixed mug of green matcha with a mint colored foam:
The foam lasted just like it would have if I had hand whisked it. OK, traditionalists won't approve but the lazy among us will rejoice. This actually works.
Next, after taking a few delicious sips, I added a little sweetener, and a little cold milk, for a latte. I again used the frother to mix it all together:
I can't speak on how well this will hold up with use. I mentioned an inexpensive battery powered toothbrush earlier. Mine has lasted for years with only the brush needing replaced. I would venture to guess that if you keep this clean and take care of it, the unit will last a good while. Surely $7.49 worth of use. If I change my mind, I will come back and update this review. Right now, it seems worth the money and savings on my wrist muscles.
You can find the MatchaDNA Milk Frother here.