Profiles of Hardcore Matcha Drinkers–Dave “Yeah Dave” Romanelli

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It’s a complete pleasure to introduce the inimitable Dave Romanelli as a hardcore matcha drinker. Dave’s energy is utterly boundless and utterly contagious. He has helped thousands of people educate themselves on the wonders of yoga and the awakened life. He has no problem teaching classes with titles like, “Yoga and Chocolate,” and “Yoga and Wine.” We need more iconoclasts like him, and we couldn’t be happier about his mission to get everyday mortals to live more fully in the moment. We of course also love him for switching his obsessive coffee habit to an obsessive matcha habit. Dave is an original!

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I have to ask: why does everyone call you “yeah Dave?”

In college, I had a penchant for asking hypothetical questions that didn’t have answers (think Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High). My friends gave up on answering the questions and would just say “Yeah Dave.”

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I absolutely LOVE your mission to make meditation — dare I say inner peace? — accessible to everyone, especially young(ish) hip urban people. Give us your best tip on how to incorporate a simple meditation practice into our daily lives.

Once you get it, meditation is the most wonderful thing in the world. Until then, it can be painfully boring. So here’s a good way to start. instead of sitting with your eyes closed, set an alarm for 1:11pm. When it goes off, take a minute to chill out, to breathe, to push back from the computer and relax. Once we start to connect “meditation” to “feeling amazing,” we are more likely to try it. And once you make it a habit, everything changes. They say “meditation creates more time than it takes.”

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What does wellness mean to you? what simple things can an average person do to feel at her best?

Wellness is who you are in your natural state, when you relax, when you are savoring matcha, watching a sunset, indulging in the simple pleasures that form your most lasting memories. from that foundation of peace and joy, health can root down and blossom. But without that foundation, health will always be elusive.

An average person should start by taking at least one moment each day to really savor life. By that I mean, no worries, no work, just do something for yourself that you will remember when you put your head on the pillow at night. So many days go by where we don’t remember a single thing that happened and that is a global sociological epidemic. But the solution is simple. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY

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How does matcha fit into your daily routine?

Matcha changes everything. It’s the way i start almost every day. Gives me energy, it’s a ritual, it’s supremely healthy, just a magical way to get started on the right foot.

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Why are you so damn happy all the time?

MATCHA MATCHA MATCHA

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The Triple Matcha Shot, Gateway to All Good Things

 

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Happy new year to all matcha fans (and to everyone else, for that matter). There’s something special about the first week of the year — the holiday madness has ebbed and we get back to work, but thoughts toward the possibilities of the new year flit about. It’s a time to THINK BIG, to really ask yourself how you’d like to spend your energies during the year, and to imagine how you’ll feel at this time next year. You’ve got an entire year to make something happen. And the way to make big things happen to is break them down into small — tiny, ¬†even — things.

In the end, we really need to concentrate on the day, the 24-hour cycle. We can only do so much in any given 24-hour stretch, but when you stack 365 of them in a row, an enormous amount can be accomplished. This is where daily habits come in.

A daily habit of stopping to prepare a beautiful cup of matcha is one that creates so many good things:

* you practice being mindful while you prep the tea

* you enjoy matcha’s remarkable visual appeal and taste

* you get an antioxidant and phytonutrient blast

* your focus sharpens as you become fully awake

* you hydrate

* you enter “the zone” of productivity

* you flood your body with brain fuel

There are many others but I’ll show some restraint.

Lately I’ve been preparing matcha in a slightly new way — it’s highly recommended.

Instead of the usual prep in a creamer and pouring the shot into one our lovely Aletha Soule cups, it’s both convenient and fun to make the matcha in a single vessel, typically a tall-ish cup that can accommodate the vigorous whisking (with the Aerolatte) we’re about to do.

What’s really fun and tasty is to make a triple shot. You’ll need about three grams of matcha (about 1.5 teaspoons) instead of the usual one gram (half teaspoon). Sift that amount into the cup using a strainer/sieve, and pour about 2 ounces of hot (180 degrees F, and not hotter please, or you’ll ruin it)¬†water into the cup, and do our usual frothing technique. You’ll make some marvelous crema, truly world class crema, with these proportions. You can then pour some more hot water into the cup to thin it out a bit and to create a larger cup of matcha. You can even create some matcha barista-like art — notice the outer circle in the crema — simply by pouring additional hot water in thin streams.

I often have one of these after breakfast. There’s no better way to start the day. Or the year!