Act 7: It is here, in the final act, that you cup the bowl in your left palm while your right hand secures it gently in place. Sip the cold, vivid green tea softened with a splash of fatty raw milk. Give it your attention. Feel how it cools your core. Let the drinking refocus you. Take note as it slowly imbues a particular clarity. By the time you’ve set the bowl down and carefully washed the utensils, you will find yourself invested with a renewed ambition that will carry you through the late summer afternoon.
Act 1: Set 2 teaspoons of green tea powder into a pouring vessel and wet the whisk.
Act 2: Pour boiled water, as much as you might like to drink, over the powdered tea.
Act 3: Whisk in an up and down motion, as if repeatedly writing the number 1.
Act 4: Choose a bowl with an open rim and a foot that feels good in the palm. Arrange in it a few nuggets of ice.
Act 5: Pour the frothed tea over the ice into the bowl.
Act 6: Add a splash of cool milk. Fatty whole milk smooths and rounds the acidic tea, adding a fullness of body and a richness in taste.