MatchaBar is a cafe that serves a slew of matcha-flavored snacks and beverages with powder sourced from an independent family farm in Japan. Basically, this place is heaven.The owners invited me to their Chelsea location for the launch of their new Spring menu items and hours later, I am still thinking about what I sampled. Their iced coconut chai matcha latte was the perfect blend of creamy and sweet. It contains 2 grams of matcha powder. Both the chai tea and coconut milk are organic. I was craving chocolate so I had the matcha coconut cacao bar which is decadent and flavorful. Cacao is a great way to satisfy your chocolate craving while giving your body a boost of antioxidants (even more than dark chocolate). I also loved the iced watermelon basil tea, made with freshly pressed watermelon juice. To top off the tasting, I had the matcha white chocolate coconut crunch ice pop … and I’m not sure there are any words to describe the amount of satisfaction I had.If you are wondering what exactly matcha is, check out my blog post from earlier in the week. I highly recommend popping by MatchaBar's Williamsburg or Chelsea locations on your work break for that extra boost of caffeine to get you through the day!
It’s no secret how much I love matcha. But what exactly is it? Matcha is a fine green tea powder that comes from crushing the tea leaves. It’s a powerful antioxidant because the entire leaf is being consumed rather than just the extract from typical tea. Matcha also boosts your metabolism, provides vitamin C and magnesium, and is a natural detoxifier for your body. It contains high levels of EGCG which is a compound known to have tremendous cancer fighting properties and boosts your energy levels and endurance.
Matchaeologist sent me their kit to try, and I have to say the matcha powder is delicious. The flavor is refreshing and light and the powder has a roasted aroma. This company prides themselves on sourcing and curating the highest-quality of matcha, creating a rich and creamy flavor. Here are my steps towards making a perfectly delicious matcha latte:
1. Add one scoop of matcha to a small bowl
2. Add a tiny bit of hot water so that the matcha sits just underneath the water line
3. Whisk the hot water and matcha together to create a smooth consistency (about 45 seconds)
4. Pour the combination into your mug and fill up the rest of the mug with hot water
5. Leave room to add a few splashes of almond milk and a dash of cinnamon
You can buy their kit here. Enjoy! ?