Some of you may remember reading my other blogs about Matcha Magic and Matcha in the Morning. It’s been a year and a half now since my husband and I have been drinking the Japanese green tea Matcha every morning along with our morning vitamins. We actually don’t take very many vitamins, but I do take a blood pressure pill and a few other things like Healthy Life Harvest Aloe Vera, Borage Oil and Lyprinol capsules for my bad knee. I do admit I hate taking pills, so I’m not going to do anything regularly unless I am a believer that it benefits me.
My husband told me this morning after his Matcha shot, “You know, I’m actually starting to enjoy this Matcha.” Each morning I prepare a bowl of this tea, and we split it into two 3 oz cups and drink it quickly like we’re doing tequila shots.
Since I quickly prepare it every morning, even when traveling, I’ve become very picky about my Matcha bowls. I enjoy my Matcha best when I can get a nice froth, but have discovered that not all bowls will give you that froth. Since I’m sharing it with someone else I like bowls that pour easily. Most of the Japanese bowls don’t have spouts. Many bowls become too hot to hold. Basically you have to buy a bowl and prepare the tea before you know if you’re going to like it, sort of like purchasing a pair of shoes. It’s also interesting how tea tastes differently in different vessels, so you have to feel it with your mouth (like my 1 year old granddaughter).
Well, Eureka! I found a bowl I really like, made right here in Austin, Texas by potter Bob Swaffar. He’s made it with an inward lip that keeps it from sloshing out during preparation with a beautiful spout that pours neatly. If you want to drink from the bowl, just position the spout in front and enjoy. It’s a great size for traveling also. The best place to find this perfect bowl is at the Tea Embassy at 9th and Rio Grande or at teaembassy.com. And it’s also a good price at $35.
I still haven’t found a smoother tasting Matcha than the one we sell at the Tea Embassy. You can also buy a cup of this special tea there if you want to try it out. Check out the Machocolate also.