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