I’ve already told you guys how I began my coffee drinking journey and why I stopped. The problem is though I did miss the ritual. I’ve always loved green tea and I’d been hearing about matcha so I thought I’d give it a try.
1. One of the main reasons I stopped drinking coffee was due to the jittery downfall. The anxiety and jitteriness of coffee was very unappealing to me. I just didn’t like how I felt two to four hours after drinking a cup. Matcha, on the other hand, has less caffeine which reduces the jitters. It also happens to contain L-Theanine which produces calm alertness when combined with caffeine. The first few days without coffee were exhausting and full of headaches. When it comes to matcha though I can take it or leave it. No headaches no jitters. It’s great.
2. Matcha is full of antioxidants. Matcha has approximately 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. The amount of antioxidants in coffee vs green tea is comparable. (Source) So after knowing that information and a slew of other research my decision was made.
3. I wanted a practice that produced more mindfulness. I feel like that’s something we all need a little more of. When you make coffee, depending on how you make it, there’s no feeling of connectedness. You can grind up your coffee and have it brew without needing to actually do anything. Technically you can do that with matcha too if you get a mechanical frother. I chose to go the DIY route. The act of manually whisking matcha in the morning is a great time to stop and think for 1-2 minutes about your intentions for the day and frame your mindset. It’s also oddly calming to look down at this green drink you’re making for yourself knowing that you chose this drink for all the health benefits it provides. My personal favorite is the one by Jade Leaf since quality is really important when it comes to matcha.