One of my readers asked me: “If the matcha you use is 1.2 grams when sifted or non-sifted, shouldn't the volume be the same?” I learned from my experiences that the sifted matcha has more volume. It always looks more when sifted, but I have never actually measured its weight and volume. With his question, I got into thinking: “Does sifted matcha really have more volume?” My understanding could be caused from optical sense error, or it might have been just a wrong assumption.
It got me to actually measure it and make sure that my assumption is right. I measured the same volume of the both sifted and non-sifted matcha with 15cc spoon.
I scaled them.
Here are the results;
Sifted matcha: 3.7g
Non-sifted matcha: 5.0g
I concluded that sifted tea is lighter in weight, which means it has more volume compared with non-sifted one in the same weight. I think that air gets between the tea parcels by sifting, and tea gets fluffy. I’m glad that it was not just an assumption or optical illusion, hahaha^^