How matcha do you like it? Matcha is everywhere these days, and not just in tea. Matcha iced lattes, milkshakes, cakes, ice cream… We can go matcha-bonkers if you’d ask me. As true matcha believers, we decided it was time for a real matcha snackchat. We did a little round-up of all the best matcha spots in the city.
So… what’s matcha again? Matcha is a vibrant emerald powder that dissolves in water or milk. The powder is finely ground green tea leaves and has been used for decades in Japan and China as part of traditional tea ceremonies. The green tea plants are shade-grown and therefore, the plant produces more theanine and caffeine. This combination (BOOM!) is considered to account for the calm energy people feel from drinking matcha. They say matcha has several health benefits, but the vast majority these benefits are inconclusive.
Lavinia Good Food
Healthy hotspot Lavinia Good Food servers a brilliant matcha green tea latte, with coconut milk. And while there, make sure to check out Lavinia’s buffet: choice out of 3 salads + bread.
Sells & serves matcha. Buy some powder to try at home or order a nice warming or iced matcha. Kaldi is located near the 9 Straatjes district – which makes it a perfect place for an in between shopping spree matcha break.
Juice to Boost
As this place is close to our Chapter Friday office, we know that Juice to Boost loves matcha. From matcha tea to matcha lattes and matcha strawberry energy balls: this place is all about matcha.
Buy and drink the real thing at Tea’s Delight, a small tea house at the Kinkerstraat. Owners Hong Tong and Yiemie Wu mission is to bring the Chinese tea culture to The Netherlands. And yes, that includes mellow sweet matcha. You may drink their top-grade matcha in thin (usucha) as well as in thick (koicha) tea.
Bagels & Beans
With over 20 Bagels & Beans stores in Amsterdam, a good matcha latte (with soy drink) is never far away.
Bakers & Roasters
Known for its incredible all day breakfast and… Matcha latte! Creamy, greeny and utterly delicious.
T’s Tea Bar
Last but certainly not least: T’s Tea! We’ve written about this incredible place a little while ago but forgot to mention their brilliant macho matcha latte!
Jan Evertsenstraat 89
Illustration by: Marie Bodie