March was so Match-a Fun!

We are wrapping up the month of March and April is on it's way with lots of fun new events and Blooming Teas!  You awesome blog readers learned about the powdered substance called matcha, it's wonderful health benefits and got educated in the proper way to prepare matcha. Those adventurous enough tasted the different grades of matcha at our new popular Matcha Demo & Tasting event. That was a blast!  If you missed it, we will be offering another matcha tasting in the near future. For event info, follow our facebook page facebook.com/sipgoodkarma. Shop Matcha  accessories and subscribe to our newsletter on our website www.sipgoodkarma.com. Thank you for supporting this small business! 

We wanted to leave you with a matcha recipe that is super easy and delicious. Enjoy!

Overnight Matcha Oatmeal

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 tsp of matcha (shop matcha here)
1 cup of quick or old fashioned rolled oats (Your preference for texture. Gluten free options are available in health section at grocery store) 
1 cup of your preferred milk choice (We recommend coconut or rice milk with matcha)
1 tbs. chia seeds (optional)
1 tbs. Local honey (optional for sweetener. Bananas can be used for sweetness as well)

Directions:
Add matcha powder to bowl or wide cup with 2oz of 170° filtered water.  With bamboo whisk (Shop whisk here), whisk together to blend matcha until fully dissolved. Add oats, prepared matcha and the rest of ingredients together into a mason jar (16oz) and leave overnight. In the morning, stir and enjoy! Add fruit, nuts or anything that you feel would be tasty. There are a ton of overnight recipes on Pinterest as well if you want to get fancy!

 

 

 

How to prepare the PERFECT cup of MATCHA

Are you confused about how to make a cup of matcha?  Are you wondering what is this green powder substance and what do I do with it? The truth is, making matcha is actually a very simple process. There are a couple of ways to prepare the perfect cup and we will guide you through it!

Preparing Matcha for on the go

Do you have absolutely no extra time in the morning and you're lucky if you make it out the door in time for work? These are the quick steps for you! Keep in mind this will not give you the magical taste you will get when taking your time to prepare your Matcha the traditional way.
                                                     Get up earlier. It's worth it. 

Step 1. Heat water to 175º or if boiling in kettle, let water sit for a few minutes after boil. If you are using a kettle, start boiling while getting ready and after 5 minutes of rushing to get dressed, your water should be ready! (Filtered water is the best for taste)

Step 2. Add Matcha powder. We recommend starting with 1/2 tsp. of Matcha for 12oz cup and 1 tsp. for 16oz. Ultimately, you can decide what amount taste best for you. Fill up your favorite hipster mug with hot water and stir with a spoon until powder is dissolved.  

Let's be SUPER clear... We do not suggest this rushed process. You may even have some gritty Matcha at the bottom of your cup. What is the message here? Ditch the grit, get up earlier.

 

I have the time to make the perfect cup of Matcha

You understand that taking the time to make the perfect cup of Matcha will brighten your mood, help you to be mindful and gain the best taste possible! 


Step 1. Heat water to 175º or if boiling in kettle, let water sit for a few minutes after boil. While waiting for your water, scoop 1/2 tsp. of Matcha and sift (if available) into a cup or bowl. (Filtered water is the best for taste)

Step 2. Add 2oz of water over your Matcha. Using a bamboo whisk (find a whisk at our tea bar or online at www.sipgoodkarma.com/steep ) whisk in a W motion. Make sure to get the powder off the side of your cup or bowl. We recommend whisking for at least 20 seconds. Once you have some nice foam action on top, pour more water (around 4oz) to your desired taste and enjoy. Add cream and honey for a Matcha latte.

Once you have made your first cup you will only continue to get better at it! You will discover the vast world of different Matcha grades and explore all the ways you can incorporate
Matcha into your daily life. This Japanese powdered tea is so healthy for you. Have it

everyday and watch the goodness unfold.


Watch for our live Matcha demo on Facebook Thur. March 23rd @ 11pm

Facebook.com/sipgoodkarma
 

May you be happy, May you be healthy

 

What is Matcha and why is it so good for me?

You've probably heard the word Matcha or Matcha latte thrown around at your local coffee or tea shop. Growing in popularity, Matcha is consumed for it's taste but mostly for it's health benefits. That's right, Matcha is insanely healthy for you. This steamed young tea plant is turned into powder and is ingested entirely, different from the usual steeping of the leaf. Consumed in many different variations, you can have a plain matcha tea, a matcha latte, or even add it to a smoothie. The benefits you gain from one cup of Matcha is the equivalent of having 10 cups of green tea! We know what you're thinking, does this mean loads of caffeine? No way! You can drink this energetic tea without the coffee jitters and have incredible focus for hours.

Check out theses greens ...wow

  • 179 times the antioxidants than brewed green tea (just order the matcha)
  • Boost metabolism and burns calories (yes, burn them all...)
  • Calms the mind and enhances the mood (because we all need to relax)
  • Has powerful antioxidants that fight disease (everyone needs a super hero)


This list could continue but we won't take up anymore of your time. So... just trust us when we say it's a no brainer. This tea is the best for you! 

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Annie's Garden Inspired

Earlier in the week we posted an Instagram photo of a batch of Lemon Ginger cookies paired with our Annie's Garden tea announcing our upcoming, very first, Karmic Blog. We found it appropriate that our first blog would be centered around this well loved tea because simply put, it's the beginning of our story as Good Karma Tea Company. Annie's Garden is a handcrafted unique blend made specially for the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum on Pierce Street here in Lynchburg, Virginia.

When we first met with Shaun Spencer Hester (Anne Spencer's granddaughter who now directs the museum and gardens), the Anne Spencer Foundation was in preparation for Garden Day. We chatted with her about the possibility of serving tea at the event, what that might look like, and how lovely it would be. By the time the conversation ended, our start up tea company (then without a name) had committed to crafting a unique blend to serve at the event. 

Inspired by the gardens at the homestead of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer, we played with the idea of rose teas, lavender tea, fruity tea, and even a lily tea. After many trials and tastings, it was the lemon that brought us sensory happiness. Its refreshing citrus paired with a subtle floral green tea nods to lazy garden afternoons and creates a tea blend that awakens our inner contemplative poet.

When we create a tea, it often becomes a favorite in our home kitchen for many weeks. We not only savor the sips, but we also craft recipes to compliment our tea. Annie's Garden was our go to cuppa all through the spring and summer. This tea's citrus happiness kept us smiling. But as seasons come and go, so do our tea cravings. Fall approached and chai began to fill our cups, along with our other smoky, woodsy, soul warming teas to comfort us through the winter. 

Now, spring abounds again. Life is beginning to bloom in the gardens and we have come full circle. I had my first cup of Annie's Garden since last summer and was inspired to craft a spring cookie recipe to go with the magical citrus tea. After two pots of tea and a half plate of cookies, my partner and I found ourselves reflecting on the birth of Good Karma Tea Company and its namesake. Kindled by the Anne Spencer Garden House and Museum, we chose the business name Good Karma Tea Company to embody the giveback we would offer to our local community. A percentage of our tea sales are donated to local organizations like the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum to nurture their commitment to enriching our community.

Annie's Garden tea is perfect for the changing season and finicky spring weather. It holds that happy lemon taste wether hot or cold and pairs perfectly these Cake Batter Lemon Ginger cookies!

~ Cameo
tea maven, Good Karma Tea Co.

For more information on the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum: www.annespencermuseum.com

To purchase Annie's Garden Tea:
 http://www.sipgoodkarma.com/teashop/annies-garden

Cake Batter Lemon Ginger Cookies

1c. + 2 tbsp. flour (if you are gluten free, I recommend a 1 to 1 gluten free flour)
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 inch fresh ginger, finely grated
Raw sugar for sprinkling (we happened to have a ginger infused raw sugar from Favored Flavors, and it was delish!)

Preheat oven to 350

Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, baking powder and salt.
Slowly add flour, mixing until a dough forms, and scraping down sides during mixing. Fold in lemon zest and fresh ginger.

Spoon dough onto un-greased cookie sheet about the size of a teaspoon. Sprinkle raw sugar on cookies.

Bake 12 - 14 minutes until cookies become lightly golden on the bottom side edges.

Enjoy fresh out of the oven with a cup of Annie's Garden Tea!