Even though we've settled int spring, I'm still savoring tea experience from the fall that took place as the matcha media frenzy was just beginning to buzz. Nestled within the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn you will find MatchaBar. I shared my story of the matcha centric cafe on Fresh Cup Magazine's Whole Leaf Blog. Here is an excerpt from the piece:
"Arriving just minutes after they opened their doors, I watched freshly baked canelés still nestled within their bakers box receive a dusting of matcha . The green flurry left a faint hint of tea powder in the air as Graham Fortgang, co-founder of MatchaBar, energetically greeted me. As he continued to hustle behind the bar performing the dance of the morning opening routine, I peered at the expansive menu featuring a single tea carefully crafted into a series of sips. For the purists, a matcha shot, matcha tea, or iced matcha. For those who seek something more comforting, a matcha latte or cinnamon hemp milk matcha latte. And then to help ease espresso lovers, matchaccino, and matchiatto. Juice lovers can rejoice over iced matcha mixed with watermelon and cucumber. One can easily tell that this is just a glimmer of the menu that will be gracing the walls within the bar. Pastries given a green tea twist linger within the baked goods display. Tins of both classic and premium grade matcha branded with the green MatchaBar logo line a refrigerated shelf so that customers can take the experience home with them."
Read the full story here.