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Matcha
« on: September 22, 2008, 02:55:00 PM »
Just switched over to Matcha after years of being an espresso drinker. This powdered green tea is mixed in a bowl with a whisk and creates a kind of green tea espresso due to the wonderful foam. It actually tastes delicious and I hear it is full of vitamins. Two weeks on this and am not missing coffee that much anymore. This stuff feels cleaner and healthier. And if you control yourself, you can get the good stuff, and make it at home for about $1 a serving. It's fast and gives a good rush similar to espresso, without the burnout sensation (though of course with caffeine there is always the danger of insomnia). I find I am taking another one in the mid afternoon, by I think with discipline just one could be had in the morning (each serving is half a teaspoon). Anyone out there tried it, or switching to green tea?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matcha

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2008, 03:21:04 PM »
I haven't tried this but it sounds appealing. I've tried regular, brewed green tea but it's too mellow to wake me up in the morning, unless I drink a gallon of it.  This sounds like something that might be worth a look. 
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Re: Matcha
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2008, 03:26:53 PM »
What??  There are morning drinks other than coffee? 


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Re: Matcha
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2008, 04:54:25 PM »
Yummm, it looks really good to me!  :)




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Re: Matcha
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2008, 06:02:38 PM »
I drink a lot of green tea.  Growing up drinking pitchers of black tea all the time (yeah that's kinda weird for a kid...), it wasn't too big of a stretch to go for green later on.  Nowadays I rarely even sweeten it, a la the traditional way, the way they serve it in the Sushi bars- delicious.  Assuming there's no added caffeine, the matcha shouldn't be too caffinated, if you're worried about that.  Green tea has less caffeine than black, which is further down from coffee, so you're definitely doing yourself a favor.  Every once in a while I still go for a good robust cup of black tea with honey, if I need a good kick.  Especially in the winter as black is warming and the green is cooling.  Somebody told me the other day that old people in China prefer the black over the green because it helps them keep warm. 

I've never tried Matcha.  Where did you get it 9Dragons?

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2008, 08:34:32 PM »
Very nice video, it's making me thirsty. I wish I had a live-in Geisha to prepare my Matcha in the morning! Until then this is where I get my Matcha:

http://www.remedyteas.com/

I don't put any sweetener in my tea, the taste is good without it.

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2008, 09:38:25 AM »
I wish I had a live-in Geisha to prepare my Matcha in the morning!

Don't we all...

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2008, 11:51:12 AM »
That video made me sleepy just watching it... the mellow music, the soft voice and the Sesame Street style video... <snooore> I need 10 espressos now. - J.

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2008, 08:52:16 AM »
Ironically - I'm trying very hard to come off of caffeine as much as possible.    Last summer I was drinking 2-4 cups of coffee and 1-2 cokes a day.    I cut the soda way way back and then rebounded and drank it again (although nothing like previously) - and now I'm down to 1-2 sodas per week.   

Coffee I've been doing 2 cups a day - and now I'm dropping to 1 cup a day.   

I need a new vice though... I keep stripping away all the "fun stuff" due to health issues.  :(    Any suggestions?    Ha!

I drink soy milk for lunch and dinner if I'm home...  yeah... I'm *that* exciting!




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Re: Matcha
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2008, 09:31:20 AM »
jkn - aside from the obvious, what are the negative side effects for you drinking coffee / caffeine? - J.

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2008, 11:02:25 AM »
jkn - aside from the obvious, what are the negative side effects for you drinking coffee / caffeine? - J.

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2008, 11:09:56 AM »
Just switched over to Matcha after years of being an espresso drinker.

I did a cold turkey switch from coffee and caffienated tea to...nothing. Net result? Felt great. No headaches etc. But then I asked around and found that some who *think* they need a coffee in the morning are actually responding merely to any form of hot liquid.

Anyway, I just cut back a bit and enjoy coffee again. Some friends are recommending matcha but others suggest you really have to get it right or...ick! But that's true of anything. The GF just got some matcha chocolate (!?)

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2008, 06:06:48 AM »
Meds I'm on don't like caffeine - and several health issues I have now also list caffeine as a good thing to reduce or stop altogether to improve symptoms.

...mild tangent ahead  :)

According to all the reading I've been doing - the "biggies" are lose weight, eat healthy, and exercise a lot - which is what I've been ramping up on starting in August (after my 4 month hiatus from any exercise during my hernia probs - now fixed - wooh oooo!).   Of course - those are the things to do in general for *everything* so that's not surprising.   For the most part - what I have is minor - but it's several things that could all get worse - I'd like to lesson the chances of things getting worse... :)

I've lost 20 pounds since last year this time - and I've got about 20 to go...  I feel tremendously better in a variety of ways.   Long way to go.

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2008, 10:26:52 AM »
You go, John!  :)

I am absolutely positive you can lose another 20 lbs if you get back to doing what you were doing before, (when your work was having that contest).

I want Matcha! (Maybe M & I will find it at New Seasons this weekend)...

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2008, 04:00:35 PM »
Well, I fell off the wagon today and got an espresso. I have these daily 5 hour classes that start early in the morning, and this first week has been tough for a nite owl like myself. I've been drinking the matcha in the morning before heading off for class, and it works ok, though doesn't give that intense rush and total focus of espresso. Today I was yawning all morning and just got fed up and during the morning break slipped out to the cafe and did the deed. It was good to get in that zone again; after an hour of being high, though, I started to feel the tiredness again. And I came to the conclusion that I don't need to get back on coffee, just get adequate sleep. It is difficult, and takes some time, to ween the body off it's coffee intake, even if one switches to tea with caffeine in it. The caffeine in tea is somehow different, more easily handled by the body. A different interface perhaps? When your body is so conditioned to coffee, its chemistry will be thrown off balance when first quitting. It almost shuts the body functions down (or feels like it) for the first few days. The tea will ease the transition, but the feeling of sadness and loss will still be there. I think in general, green tea is just so much better for you than coffee. Being off it for a couple weeks, then suddenly having a shot feels like a new day, but I know that routine. Burnout ensues after a few weeks. But I think I also lack the discipline to keep my intake down to one espresso a day, which would probably be a very sustainable intake. I end up drinking two or more espressos, and get way too worked up, because that hyped-up feeling is just so damn fun, and I love getting propelled into the late night hours, working on projects. So, the way out for me at least, is enough sleep and increase in bicycling. Tune up the body, and also just time. The body needs time to adjust. If you've been a coffee drinker for a long time, it seems like it would be a while (at least a year) before really getting adjusted...

I did drink green tea for about a year, but started having espresso shots just on the weekend as a treat. This, of course, led back to daily espressos. I think there is also a mental adjustment to the spirit of what green tea is all about...more mellow focus and emphasis on serene engagement with reality (which kind of sucks a lot of the time, but must be good for you)...

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2008, 05:41:20 PM »
I gave up coffee when I discovered it destroys DNA and has too much caffeine. So I switched to tea(green tea, black tea, chai tea, white tea) for more anti-oxidents and less caffeine. But I recently discovered my blood pressure was borderline high so I gave up tea for three weeks and retested it and it came back down to below the ideal 120/80. Now I drink decafinated tea. I also do a pomegranite juice/ice water mix after working out for even more anti-oxidents.

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Re: Matcha
« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2008, 11:24:34 AM »
I gave up coffee when I discovered it destroys DNA

Can you explain what you mean by this, or post a link?
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