Matcha HAS Caffeine

 

Okay this is not really a recipe type of blog, but take this as a sort of Advice from me to you.

Well, I am writing this now, in the middle of the night fully awake, fully aware of my state of mine.

And I blame the large glass of Matcha float that I drank a while ago.

Let me paint you a picture of the predicament that I am in, I have a deadline, basically a work deadline that I knew that 8 hours normal worktime will surely not be enough. I tried to focus on the task at hand, cancelled about 2 meetings I was keen on attending, and yet, a las, it was 6pm and I was not even halfway through. And in the typical Australian workplace, most of my colleagues were packing up and saying their farewells. It’s the easter weekend so some of us are starting their weekend early and are even going to fly overseas for some well-deserved break. Anyway, back to me, so the panic is prickling, and the fatigue is creeping up, by 7pm I was the only person in the office. I decided to go out for dinner in a nearby ramen joint, after a nice bowl of hot slurpy goodness, I had the sudden urge for Green Tea or Matcha.

Sidenote: this happens to me often, craving for Matcha.

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Anyway, my feet where were already dragging me to where I can get my fix. Before I was even aware of it, I was telling the nice Japanese Lady, “1 Match float” please. I didnt have to look at the menu, I was a regular at this place and I knew what I wanted. In a couple of minutes, I had in my hand my precious MATCHA float, about a size of a Starbucks Grande. And it had Matcha soft serve on top. So, I happily sipped away while i skipped away into the rain, back to my cold crummy office.

Powered by the caffeine, i managed to blast off all the tasks i needed to finish for tomorrow. I look at the clock and it’s 11PM, and yes I’m still at work. I could barely feel the tiredness, the only reason why I know that I’m fatigued is that my hands are feeling tired from scrolling the mouse and me typing. The problem is, i feel like I had just sniffed cocaine, because I’m so very much AWAKE. I really dont know why, i dont know much caffeine Matcha has,but I’m not sleepy at all. It’s now 12:24AM and I’m trying to may be feel tired from writing this.

I am happy about completing the work, and I’m so stressed about not being able to sleep tonight. Tomorrow we’re going to a really long road trip after work, and I really really need to rest.

So this is my advice to whoever is reading this, dont drink Matcha at night.

It has a substantial amount of caffeine, that is keeping me up past midnight.

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What is it about matcha and why do people like it? (including myself)

 

 

Matcha is starting to get known worldwide, the fact ths Starbucks now offers matcha latte is a testament to that. Side note: those are extremely sweet and really atrocious, run away from it, really Matcha is in fact my daily go to drink ever since I found out about it. Interestingly, I discovered this wonderflu drink/flavour/all aournd goodness from Japan itself  I think I tasted the Green Tea Kitkat (which is matcha) and them boom! I was in love.

 

Let me define matcha for you, well instead of opening another tab on wiki, let me tell you quickly that it is just Green Tea. But instead of the normal tea wherein you soak the tea leaves in hot water and in turn absorb the essence, the tea leaves are turned into powder form and hence, you have your matcha powder. It will have that really grassy/earthy/bitter flavor that you can imagine tea leaves would have. I like it cause it’s bitter and it gives me that caffeine fix that I need in the morning without the jitters.

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Matcha is also super easy to prepare. What I normally do is put in a teaspoon in hotwater and add a dolop of almond milk and any day will suddenly become brighter! (Except Mondays. No amount of matcha can make me hate Mondays any less). And it’s not just a great drink, it’s good for baking too, it adds that nice bitter flavor to balance the sweetness of most baked goods.

 

Green is good for you too. Do a quick google on all the benefits of Matcha and you’ll be buying a pack faster than I can say “antioxidants”. I’ve read a few, just to make myself feel better about over indulging in a Matcha Crème brulee, they say that it has tons of antioxidants, vitamin c, and helps in controlling your weight.

Japan is Matcha Heaven. And if I have now converted you to become obsessed with this amazing flavour, go to Japan. That country is FILLED with matcha, from Kitkats to soft cream, to biscuits and breads. Basically anything that can be flavoured will be flavoured with matcha.

 

That’s all for me, as my cup is getting cold. Mmm.