Equator Coffees & Teas is excited to welcome our newest line of cafe beverages: matcha.
Working with Silk Road Teas, this matcha is a bright and fresh shade of green, and was harvested in June of 2016. Using a green tea that is called Tencha, once harvested and dried, it is stone-ground into a fine powder.
Our customers will be able to enjoy our matcha as four unique beverages:
- Iced Matcha: Cold water and the matcha powder shaken (not stirred) with ice to produce a refreshing and light beverage.
- Iced Matcha Latte: Cold milk, matcha powder, and a bit of house-made vanilla simple syrup shaken with ice to produce a creamy, smooth and sweet treat.
- Matcha Latte: Matcha powder and house-made vanilla syrup are topped with steamed milk to provide a creamy and warming drink.
- Matcha Shakerato: Heavy cream, matcha powder, and vanilla simple syrup shaken with ice to produce a wonderfully decadent sweet treat.
Silk Road Teas has worked hard to source this matcha, and we are so excited to offer it. Due to shade growing practices, it has boosted levels of natural sugars, amino acids, caffeine and small amounts of vitamins A & C and calcium.
We tasted many types of matcha, looking for one that offered a smooth and sweeter taste. This lot is 100% Yabukita cultivar blended from two estates located in Shizuoka and Kagoshima. This particular varietal is widely farmed in Japan. The name "Yabukita" derives from the place where the tea originated - a bamboo bush (Yabu) and the northern region of Japan (Kita). The Yabukita cultivar is also known for its vigorous upright branching and its intense green-tea flavor.
The flavor of matcha is dominated by its amino acids. Higher grades of matcha have more intense sweetness and deeper flavor than the standard or coarser grades. This matcha is sweet in flavor, smooth and has plenty of intensity and green tea taste. The finish is smooth and lasting. We find it "swells" the mouth, enlivening the palate.
We hope you all enjoy our delicious new line of matcha drinks, now available in all five Equator Cafes!
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