It takes a lot to get a New Yorker to stop and smell the roses, metaphorically speaking.
But for married couple David Mandelbaum and Jessica Lloyd, all it took was a cup of very special green tea, which they discovered offered a brief, easy escape from the daily grind.
The former entertainment industry exec and investor relations businesswoman left their jobs after discovering matcha at a random coffee shop in downtown Manhattan and founded Panatea, a ceremonial-grade matcha company, in 2014.
“Preparing matcha allows you to take a meditative pause,” Mandelbaum says. “You have that moment to collect yourself in our go-go-go world. Maybe you can’t commit to a 25-minute meditation or an hour-long yoga class, but you still want that moment of Zen.” (Experts also love matcha for its antioxidant-power and jitter-free energy boost.)
You can also make it at home with the company’s Matcha Green Tea Set, but if the ceremonial whisking intimidates you, try adding the superfood tea (it’s a powder!) to a smoothie or juice, like this Morning Glory green smoothie, below, that Mandelbaum and Lloyd love.
Hopefully it will set you up for a day filled with more Zen-filled moments. —Jamie McKillop
The Morning Glory
Makes 1 serving
2 scoops matcha
1 1/2 cups coconut water
1 handful ice
Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy your matcha moment.
For more information, visit www.panateamatcha.com