When I was in college I took a course on Japanese Culture. Each class we would learn about and perform a traditional tea ceremony with real, whisked matcha green tea and mochi sweets. It was by far one of my most favorite and memorable experiences at Pepperdine. I loved this course so much that I took it all 4 years of school, well after my requirement was fulfilled. Since then matcha has always been a bit hard to find in daily life. I have always had to go to Japanese specialty markets to get my hands on it. Well not anymore! Lucky for me, matcha is the new black (coffee or tea)!
Many coffee shops are now offering matcha lattes and even better, “matcha-terias” are popping up left and right! I have a gorgeous one within walking distance of my house. Matcha Box is my new jam and it also happens to be the first of it’s kind in LA. They have a delicious menu completely dedicated to all things matcha. I’ve had quite a few drinks (and snacks) there and everything is so tasty. I really do love that they give you the opportunity to experience Japanese tea in the traditional way, so I usually opt for “The Ceremony”. They go all out and whisk you up a vibrant green tea served in a one of a kind ceramic bowl. The owner is kind enough to share her private collection with her visitors, they are some of the most beautiful, colorful and intricate bowls I’ve ever seen. When you’re able to take the time to enjoy your tea in their peaceful environment they also offer you a word of wisdom, this is my favorite part. They have little clay leaves with soothing words printed on them and you can pick one or two to focus on while you sip. I usually go in the mornings and it helps me to set my intention for the day. This is just one of the cool little things that makes Matcha Box so special.
This is such a neat place, I feel right at home there. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you must go check it out. If you’re not one of my local readers, you’re not out of luck! They also have an online store called Matcha Source. If you’d like to bring the tea ceremony to your home, they have all the goods! MATCHA, MATCHA, MATCHA! I’m obsessed.
Photos by Rebecca Pimm.
This post was written while listening to “Goddess” by Banks.