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Matcha has been one of the most popular food trends ever that still continues to go strong, thanks to its high antioxidant content and ability to deliver a natural energy boost without the jitteriness that coffee gives.  Matcha has more caffeine than green tea, but it contains fewer tannins, making it more gentle on the stomach.

With so many options for places to drink Matcha in London, it can be hard to know where to start. Each of our selections has something special about them (whether it be their atmosphere, aesthetic, or yummy treats).

Whether you’re looking for a blended Matcha smoothie or a traditional matcha tea ceremony, we hope you find your perfect matcha at one of these cafes! Read on.

What is Matcha?

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Matcha is a high-grade green tea powder that has been finely powdered. Whipping the green tea powder into boiling water creates a foamy drink instead of steeping it.

In the Japanese tea ceremony, matcha preparation, presentation, and drinking form the core of the ritual. There are many ways to include matcha into your daily diet, from powered oatmeal, smoothies, baking and cafe lattes.

Matcha’s roots can be traced back to China’s Tang Dynasty. Tea harvests were streamlined to carry and sell when tea leaves were steamed into bricks. To make these bricks of tea, the leaves were first roasted and powdered, and then mixed with water.

Eisai, a Japanese Buddhist monk, is credited for popularising powdered tea and introducing Zen Buddhism from China to Japan. Eisai’s seedlings, which he brought back from China, were widely regarded as producing the greatest quality tea leaves in Japan.

Japanese Miracle Health Healing!

The health benefits of Matcha are nothing short of miraculous – when consumed, Matcha promotes a stronger immune system with polyphenols, antioxidants, EGCG, L-theanine which contribute to fighting against a variety of antigens!

Matcha boosts metabolism! – As our lifestyles shape how fast we burn energy in our body, we are prone to weight fluctuations without even changing how much we’re eating. Matcha has the ability to reach inside your body and kick start it up again, utilising all the ‘spare’ energy in your body!

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It also helps to fight against Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease (Keeping cholesterol down), a natural source of energy from its caffeine – without the crash, Mental Calming and Alertness due to the amino acids present in the leaves – hence why it was favoured by the monks in the attainment of calmness through meditation.

Gastrointestinal health is rectified by the consumption of Matcha! Helping you to ‘pass’ the built-up toxins stored in your intestinal tract.

If you have a cold, Try Matcha! It has Vitamins A, B, C, E, & K

Whisking Matcha Tea
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According to research, Matcha intake has an effect on cancer and HIV – lowering the chance of malignant cells forming and protecting the brains of those exposed to HIV in the blood.

For years, the Japanese have kept their health drink in their homes, resulting in healthy living and even anti-ageing! – Uso Deshou!?

Keeping the blood pressure low, relieving constipation, stimulating good moods, and promoting overall wellbeing in the body!

Delicious Matcha to try around London!

How Matcha was founded by matcha fans who wanted to create a modern, healthy cafe environment and serve customers a more healthy alternative to the sugar drinks commonly offered in cafes. Their varied menu highlights matcha’s abundant health benefits and versatility with other antioxidant-rich ingredients.

Whether you’re craving a natural boost of energy on the go, or you’re looking for a chic spot to unwind and catch up with friends, How Matcha’s vibrant millennial pink interior and diverse menu have you covered.

Visit their Website:
https://howmatcha.com

Katsute100

An enchanting Japanese tea room in London. Japanese style and ritual blended with traces of English heritage:  Katsute100. With antique Japanese furniture and fine early 20th-century aesthetics wonderfully harmonising to create a warm meditative room with a distinct ambience.

Visit Katsute100 and taste one of their freshly baked desserts! They mix Japanese flavours like as Matcha and Yuzu with classic European styles popular in Japan.

Should you fancy enjoying Japanese tea at home, Katsute100 have a selection of beautiful handmade teapots, as well as chawan, teacups and matcha whisks that you can shop online or at their Matcha cafe.

Visit their Website:
www.katsute100.com

Located in Ealing Broadway and Covent Garden, WA is an independent Japanese cafe & patisserie.
All of their bread and pastries are made in-house by their team of highly talented Japanese bakers and pastry chefs.

Freshly made buns and bread of extraordinary tenderness lay beside racks of colourful sweets.
Premium Matcha tea and coffees are served in elegant ceramics to complement their Japanese-inspired dishes.

Visit their Website:
www.wacafe.co.uk

Tombo Cafe & Matcha Bar

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Nakama organised a meetup or two at Tombo in what feels like another lifetime ago. Tombo is a neat Japanese cafe in South Kensington that serves full meals for lunch and dinner too. We intended to just order Matcha related food but ended up with more than we bargained for!

We went all out ordering Matcha Tea, Matcha Latte, Matcha Softserve Iced-Cream and there are many more other Matcha combinations for you to try!

Visit their Website:
www.tombocafe.com

Tsujiri

Tsujiri Cafe

TSUJIRI is a dessert tea house that specialises in all things Matcha. They have matcha ice cream and matcha latte that are enticingly delicious.

Visit one of Tsujiri’s two Matcha café locations in London (Camden or Chinatown) or shop online for their Matcha powders, tea leaves, and tea accessories.

Visit their Website:

www.tsujiri.co.uk

Shibuya Soho

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First of all, props on the great name – Shibuya Soho, probably two areas of London and Japan which are fairly similar (Socially speaking). A great feeling to this place, comfortable and very hip.

The combination of options is unbelievable – They have many ranges of Matcha combined dishes, shaved Ice with Azuki and Matcha, Matcha Ice Cream, Matcha Roll Cream Cake, Traditional Matcha Tea – May as well be Shibuya!

For more information:

chinatown.co.uk/en/restaurant/shibuya-soho/

Shibuya Soho, 110 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5EJ