This post was supposed to be published at the beginning of May but life happened so here we are now, the beginning/mid of July. I wanted this post to be about healthy drinks but as I was editing the photos I realized that I mainly focused on three beverages I really enjoy: Coffee, Tea and Matcha. And they are the three beverages I turn to when I need a morning or afternoon pick me up =o)
As I write this post I am on my second cup of coffee this morning. Coffee is definitely my favorite of the three. I have dedicated a post about how much I love coffee and recently I visited a coffee roastery in London. I like to drink my coffee with a splash of almond milk and if there isn’t any I prefer to drink it black. No sugar, nothing. Just coffee. I can’t remember the first time I had coffee but I know that by Junior year of high school I was drinking a cup of coffee in the mornings. With a full schedule of classes starting at 6:30 in the morning and after school activities I needed that morning energy. Throughout architecture school, coffee was the only thing getting me through the long hours working on my projects. Now it has become a lifestyle.
Fun facts about coffee:
- Coffee is the second most traded product on earth, behind oil. There are twenty five million farmers in over fifty countries involved in the process.
- Hawaii is the only state in the USA that commercially grows coffee. Coffee beans grow the best in climates along the equator and Hawaii’s location in the pacific makes it ideal for harvesting coffee beans.
- Fredrick the Great of Prussia issued a manifesto in 1777 declaring beer’s superiority over coffee. He believed that coffee was interfering with the consumption of beer in the country.
- Finland is the most caffeinated country in the world. An average adult consumes the equivalent of four or five cups of coffee a day. This is the maximum daily limit recommend by the UK Food Standards Agency.
- Drinking coffee can help you burn fat. Caffeine is one of few chemicals that can help with fat burning and can increase your metabolism 3- 11%.
I’ve been drinking tea since I can remember. It used to be the drink I had every morning with breakfast until I was introduced to coffee. But there is nothing better than a hot cup of tea with honey when you feel like you are catching a cold or have a sore throat. Or when you’ve found the perfect book to read and want to enjoy it with a cup of tea. There are always so many teas flavors to choose from but my favorites are Jasmine, Chamomile and any sort of fruity blend. During the winters in Chicago, tea was the perfect evening drink before I settled in for the night. Sometimes l like to add a little liquor into my cup of tea too =o)
Fun facts about tea:
- Tea was used mainly for medicine and it took almost three thousand years before it became an everyday drink.
- Tea used to be very expensive and was kept in a locked tea chest in the house. The lady of the house would be responsible for the tea and usually was the only one who had a key to the lock.
- In Ancient China tea as used as a form of currency. Tea leaves were pressed into a brick shape and one side was scored to it could easily be broken up if someone needed change.
- The best tea comes from high elevations and is handpicked.
- It is estimated that there are one thousand five hundred different types of tea.
- Over three million tons of tea is produced each year worldwide.
Yes, I know Matcha is a tea but I wanted to share more about it since it has recently become my go to drink if I’m not in the mood for a cup of coffee or tea but still want a caffeine boost. Matcha is a powdered green tea used in Japanese tea ceremonies but can always be drank as a form of latte. I visited Japan in 2009 with my family and that was one of the first times I experienced an official Japanese Tea ceremony. I loved the flavor and taste of the tea and wanted to try it at home. Years later when the Matcha craze hit the US I tried buying some of the powdered Matcha. Lately I found small packets of Matcha latte powder that I can take with me while I travel. All I need is a cup of boiling water and I’m set. But if you have any recommendations of good Matcha tea I can make at home please let me know =o)
Fun facts about Matcha:
- Matcha is much stronger than regular brewed tea because it is made from finely ground whole green tea leaves. The tea leaves contain L-theanine amino acid, antioxidants, chlorophyll, polyphenols, tannins and small amounts of fiber, protein and carbs.
- Matcha has more caffeine than coffee. There is 70mg of caffeine in a teaspoon of Matcha while there is 64mg in a shot of espresso.
- Japanese Zen Buddhist monks first discovered it during their visits to China in the ninth century.
- Originally Matcha was called “whipped tea” and was used for medicinal purposes.
- Matcha caffeine’s boost is gentle and can last for several hours without the creating the caffeine jitters.
Coffee, Tea and Matcha. Three of my favorite drinks I like to have when I need some energy or just want to sit and enjoy a cup. Hopefully you enjoyed the fun facts =o)
x the Adventurer