Naoki Matcha Tea

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Decorative can of ceremonial grade matcha tea by Naoki
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It’s a new year AND a new decade. Pause for a moment to let that sink in. I, I’m sure like many of you, have been mentally flipping through the highlights of the last 10 years. Both exciting and humbling, no? Health-wise, when I think about the last decade I think about what worked for me and what had to go.

Although I’m not celiac, I will say that going — for the most part — gluten free for almost ten years has made me feel lighter and definitely less bloated. Thanks to my dear friend, yoga goddess Kay Campitelli, I started a daily at-home yoga practice that has truly been life-transforming. This was also the decade that I dove into the world of matcha green tea powder. I feel like we all have our bag of tricks when it comes to feeling good and I know that matcha is one of my top five.

However, not all matcha is created equal. I’ve talked about this before in previous posts. My morning ritual includes a matcha latte. For this once-a-day indulgence I use ceremonial grade matcha. This is the more high-end, flavorful, antioxidant packed option. One main thing to look out for is if you are buying matcha for tea drinking or matcha for cooking. Cooking matcha, when used for tea, can be bland in taste and dull in color.

Typically, high-end quality matcha comes from the Uji (near Kyoto) or Shizuoka (just south of Tokyo) regions in Japan. However, my new tea comes from the Kagoshima region, which is much further south, located on the southwestern tip of Kyushu island. This volcanic region has warm weather, mineral rich soil, and is noted for its commitment to organic tea farming practices. Focusing on quality and value, many teas from this region are now on the same level as teas from the other two regions.

Naoki’s ceremonial grade organic matcha is now my go to. It has incredible flavor, the color is a vibrant green, and I like that it comes in a sealed bag inside of a tin. Great for storage and keeping everything fresh. I like that the company works with different tea producers to get the best selection for individual client preferences.

Bonus: Here’s a fun fact about ‘thick’ vs. ‘thin’ matcha preparation!

I’m always on the hunt for delicious teas that make us feel amazing. Stay tuned for more updates on this front.