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In college, I spent a summer traveling around Asia on a Business Tour with a group from Pepperdine. Three of those weeks were spent in Japan.
During that short time, I absolutely fell in love with the culture. I felt a certain peace walking through the Buddhist temples and meditating in the rock gardens that I hadn’t felt anywhere else.
So, naturally, I applied to teach English in Japan as soon as I graduated. I was speeding through the interview process and my hopes of being accepted were strong. But then I got cold feet and decided not to go at the very end of the process.
While I will never regret that decision simply because I am very happy with where my life is today, I still hold a piece of the Japanese culture in my heart. (You’ve probably noticed the cherry blossoms in my blog header – inspired by the Japanese cherry blossoms.)
While Pepperdine also had a Japanese Tea Ceremony class, I was never able to fit it into my crammed my schedule (I sped through my degree in 3.5 years, so it didn’t leave much room for “fun” classes). However, I have always wanted to learn more about the tea ceremonies.
Matcha Tea has been in the news more and more for its powerful health benefits, so when I had the opportunity to try DoMatcha at Expo West, I did a little happy dance inside. Watching the woman whisk the tea in the ceremonial bowl was such a neat experience that I knew I wanted to try it at home.
So I contacted DoMatcha and they kindly sent me everything I needed to get started making matcha green tea at home! I received a tin of organic, ceremonial matcha green tea, a whisk with stand and a ceremonial tea bowl!
More amazing facts about Matcha:
- Matcha may boost your metabolism by up to 40%!
- Matcha may help decrease abdominal fat when consumed prior to exercise.
- L-Theanine, a component in matcha, has been shown to induce calm alertness and mental clarity. Monks have used it to aid meditation for centuries.
- Matcha can provide up to 4 hours of sustained energy, without the jitters that coﬀee or energy drinks can induce.
After having matcha just a few times, I am sold! I replaced my coffee with matcha one morning, and it was exactly as described. I had a lot of energy, but didn’t feel jittery and never crashed that day. Thinking about it, it was a very productive day!
Since I received the ceremonial grade matcha, I have only been drinking it. But after downloading the free matcha cookbook you get when you sign up for DoMatcha’s newsletter, I have decided I must order some 2nd Harvest so I can experiment with using it in food. You can use the ceremonial grade, but it’s recommended to drink the ceremonial grade, and use the 2nd Harvest in your culinary endeavors.
There are two ways I have had my matcha – as a normal tea, and as a tea latte. Making it either way is very easy.
First, you measure out ½ to 1 teaspoon of matcha into your bowl.
Then you add a small amount of water and whisk until it’s frothy (don’t skip this step).
Then you can add hot water and whisk to make tea.
You can watch this video for more detailed instructions.
Matcha is one of my new favorite healthy beverages, and I’m looking forward to experimenting with it more. If you’re looking for an awesome, healthy alternative to your morning cup of coffee, or you need an afternoon pick-me-up, check out DoMatcha and their amazing organic matcha tea. You won’t be disappointed!
You can purchase the Organic Ceremonial Matcha and the Organic 2nd Harvest Matcha on Amazon.com.
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Thank you to DoMatcha for providing the products mentioned in this post. While I received these products at no cost to me, all opinions expressed are my own.