Matcha green tea Latte
Anyone else a fan of green tea lattes? As a part owner of a, I must confess that even I, from time to time, will have a visit to SB (you know what I’m talking about!). But, when I do shamefully walk in, I most commonly order a Green Tea Latte verses their coffee. Recently, a, and now I’m really hooked. Luckily, these aren’t served in the big SB so I’ll be making them at home or visiting my local tea shop.
After seeing an, I first asked my Japanese student, Yuki, where to get Matcha powder cheaply in the city. She kindly responded that you can’t get it cheaply anywhere. Her friend sends her matcha powder in the mail from Japan and even then she only sends a small amount. This stuff is like powdered gold!
The reason why matcha green tea powder is so expensive is because of its many health benefits. The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. Here are just a few of the health benefits: calms and relaxes, fights against viruses and bacteria, rich in fiber, lowers cholesterol, rich in antioxidants, and boosts metabolism.
Yuki, generously brought me a tiny clear bag of this foreign green powder to class one day. I, overly ecstatic, thanked her for the gift of my current drug of choice. I could hardly wait to concoct something at home with this magical green powder. My mind filled with dreamy green thoughts of match pound cake and match almond lattes…
That day, she also showed me the beautiful customs around sharing Matcha tea (see ). The whole class drank the tea together and enjoyed learning about the and the age old traditions behind tea drinking in Japan. The whole process was beautiful and exact, from the way to whisk the powder into the water or milk, and how to hold the cup and pass it to the next person. If you know me well, you know that it was a little taste of heaven for me, experiencing God’s creativity through cultural uniqueness (credit ). I will forever think of Yuki and her Japanese traditions when I sip a cup of Matcha!