[dropcap]I[/dropcap]‘m an avid tea drinker. I hate coffee, I’m not mad on hot chocolate, and the thought of anything but a cup of English breakfast turns me off completely. Okay, that’s not quite true. I like the odd cup of green or camomile, or maybe even a *nettle and blackberry* but that’s about as adventurous as I get.
This term has been a particularly busy one for me: essay after essay after essay after presentation after diss. It’s been a nightmare. All chill. All this work means, however, that I’ve been getting through teabags at a worrying rate. Just to get me going in the morning I can have up to five cups of tea. It’s a disgusting habit. Think of my poor teeth.
So let’s talk alternatives. Let’s talk Vivid’s Matcha Green Tea*. Two weeks worth of powder sachets, added to hot water and stirred, for something a little different to the classic tea with milk combo. They very kindly sent me a box worth, together with a fun little brain-trainy workbook, just to keep me in gear through all the mind-numbing work I have to get done.
Can I just say that this stuff is straight up delicious? Once you’ve got over the fact that what you’re drinking is bright green, it’s actually proper nice, init. It’s almost sweet in flavour, and definitely not as bitter as green tea teabags can be. It’s just really nice.
And, surprise surprise, it makes you feel good. Not like ‘wow all of a sudden I’m a super human’ good, but generally all round good. You’re one of those people that drink green stuff now. You’ve hit your peak. It’s either all the great stuff in green tea making you awesome, or the placebo you get from looking awesome doing it, but something about drinking this matcha makes you happy. You feel like you have your life together and can do anything. When I drink it first thing in the morning, I generally have a really healthy day following on.
It’s amazing what the mind can do when fully energised and hydrated.
While I won’t be swapping my normal tea habits for cups of matcha entirely, I’ll definitely be swapping a few in and out, here and there. It’s amazing what a tiny switch up in your routine can do for you. I can’t wait for a few more days where my mind is sharp and I’m ready to go!