Cricket under straw
Sunlight green leaves shimmer bright
Smooth tea in my throat
(haiku / Katherine Bowers)
After traveling to a green tea plantation and seeing how matcha was grown and processed, I was inspired to write haiku! Perhaps it was from the fresh smell of tea in the air and also the sense of lift and well-being after enjoying a nice hot cup of matcha.
I found the matcha helped overcome jetlag and travel fatigue. It helps restore energy when traveling, provides mental clarity and a natural lift with the right combination of l-theanine and light caffeine. Once you've had quality matcha, it's hard to drink or settle for anything less. Traveling, it keeps your immune system strong to ward off colds and flu.
Monks brought tea seeds from China to Japan in the 9th century, but it was Eisai, a Japanese monk who is credited with the beginning of the tea tradition in Japan and wrote a book in 1214 called, “How to Stay Healthy by Drinking Tea." The monks would press the tea into cakes and take it with them wherever they would go, often stopping on the side of the road to boil water and break off a piece of the cake to make tea. After 800 years of tea tradition, the Japanese have incorporated green matcha tea in their foods as well and have reaped the amazing health benefits of this smooth, delicious tea.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 May 2016 08:32)