Anyone who frequents coffee & tea shops has probably heard the term “matcha” and knows it relates to a frothy green drink that is presumably good for you. Eric Gower of San Anselmo takes this notion to the umpteenth level with his artisanal blends of matcha green tea imported from an exclusive source in Japan. This 1987 UC Berkeley Grad, originally from Pennsylvania, spent over 15 years in Japan as a writer, editor, and translator. That’s where he discovered the magic. He now operates his primarily online matcha sales business (and labor of love) from a small co-op office at Yolanda Station in San Anselmo.
Creamy tasting, non-bitter, and at about 1/4 the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, matcha is healthy energy.
It’s got boatloads of antioxidants, which act as anti-inflammatory and antiviral agents in the body. You can actually measure the antioxidant contents of foods, with something called ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) units. Here are some ORAC numbers for common superfoods: gojiberries 253, dark chocolate 227, pomegranate 105, wild blueberries 93, acai berries 60, broccoli 31. And matcha? It clocks in at an astounding 1440; more than all of those superfoods COMBINED.