A trend that proved to be more than just the latest fad, Matcha Tea has gained popularity because of its different health benefits. From Starbucks to the different brands of Matcha you can pick up at the grocery store, this is a popular trend that has actually helped lots of people get healthy!
But what is Matcha? Where did it come from? Is it really healthy?
According to health.com, “Matcha is a type of powdered green tea that’s rich in antioxidants. With traditional green tea, the leaves are steeped in hot water and then discarded. But with matcha, the dried leaves are actually ground into a powder, mixed into the drink, and consumed. The tea has a unique, non-bitter taste and vibrant green color and is regarded as the most aromatic form of green tea.”
Matcha’s flavor has attracted lots of new people to make it part of their daily routine, for some, even replacing drinking coffee altogether since it contains higher amounts of caffeine than regular green tea. Of course, depending on how you order or prepare it, you can make it your own. If you add milk to it, you will get a creamy taste (think in terms of a latte), if you prepare it with a citrusy fruit, you will get more of a refreshing type of tea (think in terms of a lemonade.)
Starbucks gives you a few different Matcha choices. Try the Iced Matcha Tea Latte for that creamy taste. “Smooth and creamy matcha sweetened just right and served with milk over ice.” If you are looking for more of a refreshing taste, their Iced Matcha Lemonade is what you need to order. “Our finely ground Teavana® matcha green tea combined with crisp lemonade, then shaken with ice, creates a refreshingly sweet, delicious drink and a delightfully vibrant, green hue.”
The Native Coffee Co. on Alpha Rd is all about creating some amazing drinks. As their website states, “Native is based on this idea to live in a constant state of inspiration and passion. Not just to create something good enough to pass, but to keep creating. We believe in the ridiculous.” They stay true to this not just with the coffee drinks they offer but also with a variety of Seasonal Drink Drops like the Daybreak Tonic. “Fresh ginger and lemon matcha tonic. A reduced ginger and lemon simple is added to tonic, stirred, and then matcha is floated on top and garnished with a fresh lemon wheel. This tonic is incredibly refreshing and vibrant with a beautiful balance of acidity and sweetness.” Visit The Native Coffee Co. and follow them on Instagram (@thenativecoffeecompany) for all the latest drink drops!
Ascension Coffee was founded in 2012 and has been a pioneer of specialty coffee in North Texas. Their menu is full of delicious coffee, drinks, and food including their Matcha Latte and Sparkling Pomegranate Matcha. Make sure to stop by and check out their full menu as well. They are located on Midway Rd.
Feng Cha is more than just a place serving tea and desserts. Their website says it best, “Our passion for making tea extends far beyond our drinks. All of our stores strive their best to provide a comfy teahouse experience to our customers. In Feng Cha, we always working hard on finding good ingredients to make our quality drinks and fine pastries, even the music that you hear in store is carefully chosen to ensure a relaxing in-store experience.” But let’s get to their menu because they are bringing something pretty unique to the Matcha universe. Their menu consists of Pure Tea which is the regular tea drink we all know and love, however, you can take that Pure Tea drink to another level by adding the Matcha Foam from the Milk Foam Tea menu! Over on their Classic Drinks menu, you will find the Matcha Latte. On the Breeze part of the menu, you will find their Matcha Breeze with cheese foam. And as if that wasn’t enough, head to the dessert menu for their Matcha Love Milk Foam Cake. Yes, you read that correctly, Matcha Cake!
La La Land Kind Café is located right on Belt Line at Prestonwood Place and as their website states, they are in the business of kindness. Their mission and vision is to create a space where people feel joy and peace. Their menu surely supports this with amazing drinks that not only taste good but also are good for you. Like the butterfly matcha latte, made with blue butterfly pea flowers, matcha, milk, (tastes like fruity pebbles), and served over ice. Check out their full menu on their website, www.lalalandkindcafe.com
Of course, if you are looking to bring that Matcha love home, head over to Whole Foods and pick up one of more of their different Matcha tea options to make at home. Whole Foods carries a wide variety of Matcha options, they even carry a Tea Tree and Matcha Shampoo and Tea Tree and Matcha Conditioner! Again, Matcha has a lot of different health advantages!
So, join the trend, and start reaping the health benefits of Matcha. This is a good trend to join!