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Matcha Box, L.A.'s new (and first) matcha bar

Matcha tea from Matcha Box
We have met our matcha!

Updated Jul 4, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

If you’re anything like us, your daily eating routine involves a lot of green: a green juice at breakfast, a green salad at lunch and maybe some sautéed greens with dinner.

So why is your favorite pick-me-up drink still brown?

Matcha Box, L.A.’s new (and first) matcha bar, is now serving up hot and iced emerald-hued matcha drinks that make refreshing and nutritious alternatives to their coffee-based counterparts.

Interior of Matcha Box
Zen out in Matcha Box’s soothing, minimalist space.

The cafe’s matcha is made from Japanese green tea leaves ground into a fine powder and whisked with water (as opposed to conventional green tea that’s steeped). It has less caffeine than coffee yet boosts mood and promotes a state of relaxed alertness (so long, coffee jitters) thanks to the amino acid L-theanine. Matcha is more concentrated than steeped green tea, so you’ll reap more benefits, ranging from UV skin protection to decreased risk of dementia and cancer.

Matcha Box’s minimalist, Zen-like space is an ideal setting to sip on this grassy-tasting (in a good way) wonder drink. Make like a Buddhist monk and order The Ceremony ($5), a hot ceremonial-grade matcha whisked up in front of you. Or chill out with a cold-brewed matcha with lemon and muddled mint ($4) or iced matcha latte ($6). No dairy or refined sugar is used in the drinks; almond milk and raw, organic honey are used instead.

The cafe also offers small bites like toasted Lodge Bread slathered with either cashew butter or grass-fed organic butter infused with matcha and sea salt ($3). You can also pick up matcha supplies including powders, spoons and whisks to make your own at home.

Sometimes the grass really is greener.

Matcha Box
8036 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles