By Avery Owens |

When I first tried Matcha, I almost threw up. Months later, I am addicted. 

I was first introduced to the green, foamy drink by YouTubers Maggie McDonald and Kenzie Elizabeth. The influencers raved about its health benefits and how much energy it gave them, so I decided to hop onto the bandwagon. 

As I pulled up to order the drink at Starbucks, I was already planning my Instagram story. After one sip, I immediately regretted wasting my money. 

Here’s what I didn’t know then that I know now: matcha is a crafted drink that is not meant to be commercialized. Don’t get me wrong, I love Starbucks, but they do not know how to make it the right way.

After this distasteful experience, I gave the beverage another try. This time at La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas, a cafe known for their matcha sourcing. I believe in second chances, even concerning drinks, so I ordered a “Milk and Honey Matcha.”

Not to be overly dramatic, but it might’ve been the best thing I’ve ever tasted. It was creamy, warm, and perfectly sweet. I finished the cup in a few short minutes. 

Months later, my matcha experience has continued to evolve. Currently, my favorite way to drink matcha is when I make it myself. 

My mom gifted me with my own Japanese tea set this summer, including a matcha whisk, a traditional scoop, and a tea spoon. As for the matcha powder, I purchased mine from Whole Foods, where they provide a wide selection of options. Making my own matcha is therapeutic and a fun part of my daily routine.

As I continue to learn about the green tea, I become a bigger fanatic. Matcha promotes a healthy digestive process, helps to burn calories, provides glowing skin, and gives a sustained amount of energy. When I drink a cup of coffee, I typically have energy for a few hours and then I crash. With matcha, I can have a cup in the morning and it will sustain my energy throughout the whole day.

Matcha has all of these health benefits because it is so simple and clean. The powder derives from grounded green tea leaves, highly concentrated in caffeine. To make the drink, one combines the powder with some milk and violà! 

Because the drink has such high levels of caffeine, it can’t be overconsumed. One serving usually lasts one person throughout the day. Over one cup can cause stomach problems and will disrupt the sleep cycle. 

If you live in the Waco area and are interested in trying the drink and don’t know where to start, I recommend trying some at Pinewood Roasters. Pinewood sells a very basic version of the drink so it won’t be flavorful, however, it will give you a good idea of what it’s like.

Matcha isn’t for everyone, but I do think everyone should at least give it a chance (or in my case, a couple chances). If you’re avoiding coffee, this may be the perfect pick-me-up for you.