March 29, 2012
Matcha: Quick & Dirty
I’m a fairly idealistic person. Pretty optimistic. I also appreciate beauty, art, ritual. But, I also love efficiency. Being a father of three children under the age of four motivates me to look for ways I can accomplish things quicker and easier. I have figured out how to make breakfast for everyone in the quickest fashion possible, while maintaining quality, AND while I’m still waking up. Speaking of waking up. I’ve needed more of a kick lately now that our littlest one is four-months-old. We’re enjoying more sleep, but still lacking the sweet slumber we knew before these baby days. I realized I needed to add a little kick to my morning routine. Not just to wake me up, but also to boost my immunity and all around health.
My dirty secret
Matcha, that mysterious green tea powder, used in the elegant and transcendent Japanese tea ceremony does the trick. It’s full of antioxidants, caffeine, l-theanine and more. I’ve kept matcha out of my routine for so long because I was trained to enjoy whisking the matcha green tea powder into a bowl with the traditional bamboo whisk. Moving the whisk quickly back and forth like a butterfly flapping its wings. The quiet and still process of using the whisk just doesn’t work for me while I’m making breakfast for a family and have two toddlers expressing their joys and sorrows as loudly as possible first thing in the morning. I needed an easier way to enjoy this magical drink. Then I found the magic of the milk frother. The battery operated gadget froths warmed milk like a charm. Why not matcha, too? Now, instead of worrying that my hand won’t fly like a butterfly to prepare the perfect bowl of morning matcha, I am rest assured that the frother will easily whisk the matcha at the flip of a switch. Just sift, pour and froth. It’s quick. It’s dirty. And it’s really good for you.