Matcha & Me

This morning I had some extra time after an appointment in Baltimore, so naturally I stopped by Artifact Coffee and had delicious things (below).

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Latte with cornmeal strawberry jam cookie (amazing, btw). Of course, while there I had to buy all the things, hence Artifact Coffee Hydroflask in upper left (and Counter-Culture coffee beans not shown). Side note, if you’re into low-fantasy genre books, you should check out Rivers of London.

About two hours later, I find myself at the office without lunch and justify going out again with, ‘It’s Friday.’ So I walk up to my go-to spot near the office and get lunch and a matcha latte at Cunningham’s. Matcha scares people because it’s green. When you see green drinks, you think kale (and vomit in your mouth a little). But rest assured, this is no kale drink folks…

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Matcha is simply green tea leaves that have been finely ground into a powder. If you’ve ever had green tea ice cream, you’ve had matcha. It is essentially highly concentrated green tea – both in caffeine and flavor. Two teaspoons has about the equivalent caffeine content of a single shot of espresso; or to compare with coffee, you’re looking at 70mg caffeine in matcha to 100mg in coffee. For lattes, it is simply added to the milk before frothing and often sweetened with simple syrup, or in Cunningham’s case, vanilla syrup (because they know what to do).

Don’t worry, I will never give up coffee. That said, matcha lattes have more or less replaced my after lunch [espresso] latte. :-O I’m kind of obsessed. PLUS, matcha has a ton of health benefits (after wondering if you can have too much matcha, I found some good info here – spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/how-much-matcha-per-day-is-safe-to-drink):

Matcha is known for being a healthy alternative to coffee, and for good reason. Matcha is antioxidant rich (it has 15 times the amount blueberries do), contains polyphenols, and is high in vitamin C and fiber. 

Matcha can also be used to relieve stress due to the amino acid L-Theanine that it contains. This amino acid produces a state of relaxation and well-being. L-Theanine is present in all tea, however, matcha contains five times as much as black or green tea, making the matcha tea drinker five times as relaxed.

It also has many other amazing benefits such as anticancerous properties, a possible decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, and it causes a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

So. Close your eyes if you have to, but go get yourself this delicious green latte (at Cunningham’s, cause Starbuck’s version is crap).

Love & coffee,
Lisa

P.S. You can purchase matcha online (I get this one) and use it in baking too. I’ve made matcha pancakes and matcha white chocolate chip cookies. Both delicious.

 

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