On day 256 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I tried matcha tea for the first time.
So, I accidentally ordered a matcha green tea latte yesterday. To say that it caught me by surprise would be an understatement.
But that little adventure turned out to be a fun self-care activity. As it turns out, matcha tea is made from finely ground tea leaves, which offers a more highly concentrated dose of antioxidants — and it’s also what gives it such a vibrant green color.
But here’s how it happened.
I had arrived early for a meeting at a local coffee shop, and after casually grabbing my tea from the barista stand, I spotted a table outside in the sun and quickly made my way over to it. I wanted to soak up every ounce of the last few sunny days of the season.
It was glorious. I closed my eyes and fell into a pleasant state of relaxation.
And then I took a sip of tea.
Honestly, I didn’t even know powdered tea existed until the thick, grassy liquid was gliding across my tongue. I was expecting a sweet, creamy flavor, but instead I found myself drinking a warm, green smoothie.
Immediately, I consulted Google to see what the hell I had just ingested. Now, I consider myself a pretty adventurous soul when it comes to food, but somehow I had missed all this matcha business.
After the initial shock passed and I got used to the texture, I started to explore the flavor.
Yes, the aroma was very much like that of a clump of fresh-cut grass, but the flavor was nice. It was sweet. Thick, but sweet.
I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’s my new favorite tea, nor do I believe it possesses any magical healing powers, but I do think I’ll probably order it every now and then for something different.
What are your thoughts on matcha?