• Matcha Cake
    Cafes,  Matcha,  Tea,  Travel

    Where to Find Matcha: What’s HOT in Hong Kong?

    People raved about matcha, but what is it exactly? Matcha is specially grown, and processed ground powder of green tea leaves. What seems to interest the people more than that, is its significant health benefits. Matcha is full of antioxidants; it boosts metabolism and burns calories; it is also known to calm the mind and relax the body. A tea added in desserts, drinks, and other snacks that can help you prevent diseases? We can’t ask for more. So here’s our top pick of the best green tea cafes in Hong Kong for you! 1. Nakamura Tokichi Hong Kong Ten The 161-year-old brand owned by the Nakamura family has been…

  • Matcha Latte
    Cafes,  Matcha,  Tea,  Travel

    Getting Your Matcha Fix In Perth

    In one of my previous posts, I briefly shared some of my favorite matcha haunts in Melbourne. I was in Perth recently, and got to check out their matcha scene. After further sampling, here are two of my other favourites in WA: Little Matcha Girl Little Matcha Girl in the suburbs of Como offers many tasty treats that showcases their key ingredient, matcha. With various choices on the menu, customers can choose from either traditional loose-leaf matcha tea with mango or green-pea flavouring. Whether you prefer hot lattes or cold brewed lattes, the Little Matcha girl offers both. An addition of organic coconut water or mint and aloe vera juice…

  • Tea Shop
    Shopping,  Tea

    Some reliable online tea shops

    Had a hard time surfing across the web searching for a safe and trustworthy online tea store? No worries. Let me take you on an extraordinary journey across my favourite online tea shops. But before that, here are some things to keep in mind: If you prefer the higher tier tea, get loose tea. Blends and tea bags are lower tier. Keep tea dry, always, to prolong storage life. This also applies to keeping it away from odor and heat. Loose tea is pretty easy to identify. If it’s sold by ounces or grams, then voila! I generally see 2 oz as a minimum online. Silver Needle Tea Co. All…

  • Matcha Matcha Man
    Cafes,  Matcha,  Tea,  Travel

    Getting Your Matcha Fix In Melbourne

    Melbourne has always been one of the hippest places around, and on that note, nothing certainly has changed since my last visit. They’ve caught the matcha virus, resulting in assortments of cubed matcha chocolates to eccentric latte mixes. After much hunting, here’s a couple of places for your modern matcha fix: Bibelot Bibelot’s matcha section is definitely to die for. Consisting of a variety of matcha-incorporated sweets like green tes gelatos and matcha macarons, you can never get enough of the matcha goodness this café offers. If you are looking to drink matcha-fied beverages, Bibelot also offers lattes that come as hot and steaming or ice cold. Bibelot, 285-287 Coventry…

  • Matcha
    Matcha,  Tea

    Health benefits of matcha

    Disclaimer: I am no qualified expert, this is based on what layman knowledge I have of matcha. I briefly spoke of the dangers of drinking too much matcha in my previous post but one can’t deny the health benefits that good quality matcha brings. Matcha’s increasing popularity is more evident than ever before, as more businesses have been incorporating matcha to their menus and products.  Matcha came from the Camellia sinensis plant, which is also the plant green tea came from. Harvesting matcha is meticulous because farmers need to cover the tea plants 20-30 days before harvesting it to avoid direct sunlight. This gives the plant the chance to increase…

  • Matcha
    Matcha,  Tea

    Just some things about matcha…

    Matcha literally means “powdered tea” in Japanese. Here are some things you should know about matcha: Matcha is a unique form of green tea. The main difference between matcha and green tea is that with matcha, you are drinking the leaves because they are grinded into powder while for green tea, leaves are infused into hot water and will be discarded later. Matcha is also harvested differently because the tea plant is covered with cloth before they are harvested which promotes the leaves retaining deep flavors, textures, and nutrients. Matcha has a lot of health benefits because it is rich in antioxidants like polyphenols, which protects you from having heart…