Drinking matcha

I find that among all teas, matcha gives the highest caffeine rush. Yes, I sound like a true addict, but I’m being serious here — most of the time, when I drink a tea I don’t notice the caffeine, not immediately anyway. With matcha, however, I KNOW I just had some caffeine injected into my system — it shows up right away in more measure than one. Yesterday I had some matcha, partly because I only had half an hour to my next appointment, which meant that it was impossible to drink a full sitting of tea, but partly because I wanted to play with my new toy and matcha seems the most appropriate

And I noticed, after drinking one bowl of that stuff, that my heart started pumping a little faster, my mind got a little clearer, and I was having a bit of a caffeine buzz. Of course, it probably was more obvious than usual because it was late in the day for my first dose of the stuff (5pm) so it might have accentuated the effects, but regardless, it made me wonder if that’s why so many people like drinking matcha. A friend recently told me that although she is a die-hard coca-cola drinker, she recently took a liking to a new kind of Pepsi. She couldn’t figure out why, until she noticed that Pepsi Max includes, among other things, a double dose of caffeine compared to regular Pepsi. Small wonder that she likes it more.

So, if in need of a caffeine kick, drink lots of matcha.


Drinking matcha — 11 Comments

  1. Are you sure that it’s a caffeine rush? I have this happening to me with matcha and high end senchas and gyokuro. Funny thing is that no other tea has such an immediate effect.
    Although it took me a long time to accept these concepts (my mind is too conditioned by my science training to easily accept somewhat more esoteric concepts like chi), I think it is a different sort of rush than a caffeine rush. For me, it usually goes along with something like a very light, but rather pleasant “headache” (I have no better word for it), a certain kind of dull pressure towards the top of my head. Nothing I usually get from caffeine…

    BTW, that kettle is gorgeous. Have fun with your new toy.


  2. Yeah, sort of a wedding present.

    The interior actually isn’t tarnished at all — just the outside. I might keep it this way, because I think it might actually look nicer this way.

  3. Some consider the patina of age more valuable and beautiful in silver jewelry. That might also apply to those rare silver pots. Do you think the silver affected the matcha in any way? Did you get any photos? Eileen

  4. I think silver, in general, imparts a cleaner and fresher taste to water. It should help things like matcha. My matcha making is poor — so I can’t say with authority that it helps….

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