I remember the first time I had matcha. I was a health-nut freshman in college. My dorm room was full of various types of tea, vitamins, and herbal tinctures. I had sworn off drinking coffee, unlike the rest of my peers, because it made me feel awful. I was craving a cleaner source of caffeine and knew that matcha would be perfect. Being the tea connoisseur that I was, I knew the health benefits of matcha tea, and I wanted the best quality tea I could afford. So I did some research and decided to spend a small fortune for a two ounce tin of ceremonial grade matcha tea straight from Japan. Yeah, I was that college student. Spending her money on matcha from Japan instead of beer at the bar.
The package arrived from Japan about two weeks after I had ordered it and immediately, I ripped it open. The tin was wrapped in layers of Japanese newspaper that I kept and hung on my wall. The moment I opened the tin and saw the intensely green powder, greener than any food I had ever seen, I was immediately in love. The taste was sweet and grassy, not bitter at all, and the feelings of mental clarity and wellbeing that resulted from that first cup made me a matcha drinker for life.
Matcha Chia Pudding
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