By Chloe Fidler, Voices Editor

The second I open my eyes in the morning I can only think of one thing: matcha. Honestly, I would consider myself a matcha connoisseur at this point. From the extravagant coconut milk and almond milk combination to the occasional splash of vanilla extract, I know how to make a good matcha latte. No matter what day of the week it is, my smile immediately widens when I see the green pigment from the matcha slowly seep into the white sweet cream in my cup. Matcha is gaining so much traction on social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram for a reason. Frankly, it is the best. Have you ever in your life heard someone say, “Let’s go get a chai tea latte?” No, absolutely not. You may be thinking why you have never heard that phrase and it is because a chai tea latte doesn’t have any substance, it is just simply a chai tea latte. In comparison to this dull creation of a beverage, matcha is more than a drink. It is a bond. Imagine you are in a cafe and someone gets the same order as you. Boom. Instant connection. In less than five minutes you are already closer to a stranger than you were before. You see, matcha is not only an excellent drink but a gateway to connecting with other matcha lovers. My fellow matcha enthusiasts, for lack of a better word, it is time to roast chai tea lattes.