For those avid tea drinkers out there like myself, I’m sure most of you are satisfied when you wake up in the morning, look in the cupboard to choose the lucky tea of the day, and start brewing that tea, excitedly waiting to consume the goodness that will calm your bones and soothe your soul. I probably drink about 2-4 cups of tea a day and I like to sample just about every flavor on a daily basis so that I know what to buy in bulk the next time I visit a tea store or order online.
When I was making my weekly rounds to David’s Tea (thankfully a new location just opened about 5 minutes away from my house), I stopped to notice the wall of teas behind the cash registers and see if there were any new flavours I wanted to try. Immediately I saw this new green tin that stood out from the rest of the tea. Low and behold, there were about 6 or 7 others surrounding this tin with the same colour but with different flavours. Vanilla, mint, pumpkin pie matcha tea? What is this matcha you speak of?
I asked the cashier to take it down for me and explain what this new creation that my virgin matcha eyes were resting on, and sure enough it’s a craze that has probably been around for a while but I just never noticed because I was too busy being obsessed with loose leaf tea. She explained how Matcha tea is this amazing healthy tea that provides the same reaction to your system that coffee does in the morning, but is much more healthy and has a slew more benefits for you. She explained that you need a special whisk to make matcha because the powder is so fragile, and that the tea should not be boiling hot but just a nice warm-hot temperature. I watched her expert hands whisk away at the green goodness and she served me a warm cup of vanilla matcha, that smelled absolutely amazing and looked even better. Once it cooled down, I was able to sample the green cup of amazingness and at that moment, I didn’t know why or how I hadn’t heard of Matcha before. It was amazingly creamy and had a hint of vanilla, but also tasted a little bit like green tea except creamier. I take all of my tea black so I was seriously impressed that I didn’t need to add anything and it still tasted amazing.
I explored the category of matcha tea on the online store and they have a ton of flavours, most of which I haven’t tried so I don’t want to have too much of an opinion about but yes, they look amazing. David’s Tea also sells a perfect spoon, matcha whisk and bowl to make the matcha in, in addition to a matcha maker that looks like a water bottle you can carry around with you and, if I’m not mistaken, it actually makes the matcha while you’re doing your own thing.
So what are the benefits of Matcha? Well, to start, Matcha is PACKED with antioxidants. When you brew a green tea in the morning, you are extracting some of its antioxidants but you are leaving behind a large majority of nutrients and minerals because the tea leaves carry these. You would need to actually consume the entire tea leaf in order to gain all of the benefits that green tea seemingly offers. Matcha is stoneground, straight tea leaves so you are consuming the DIRECT benefits of green tea without having to worry about a tea bag. The minerals and nutrients are literally right there are your disposal.
Antioxidants are beneficial to prevent aging and chronic diseases, and Matcha just so happens to be antioxidant rich. If you were to consume Matcha tea everyday, you would be packing your body with the nutrients necessary to help fight against colds, therefore increasing your immunity to bacteria and fighting against the common cold. Among its many benefits, it also burns calories, increases metabolism, lowers cholesterol and helps to ease the mind.
So if you’re looking for a healthy supplement to replace your morning coffee addiction, I strongly recommend researching the wonderful world of Matcha!