Caffé Bene: Matcha Drink Review

caffe bene matcha tea

My Caffé Bene Story

One day, I wanted to be somewhere and my husband wants to study for his classes. We went to several coffee shops over the weekend and found ourselves in the downtown area. It took us an hour to get around and decided on Caffé Bene.

It was not my first time to visit this cafe. He took me here one time. We did not linger long enough to buy something to eat. We were just there for the sightseeing. This time, we sat, we eat and got serious. The parking was not great. We have to go twice the cafe area to get a good spot.

We were both tired and hungry. It was past lunch. We saw few people inside since it was summer. I was relieved and happy that it was not crowded. Unlike the last time we visited. Caffé Bene was dense with students. I took the most comfortable spot. He ordered food and drinks.

He requested that I order the hot matcha tea latte. I wanted to try it. My husband has been bragging about this cafe from day one. He has been telling me all the good food and drinks. I tried, I sip and enjoyed it! It was very good. Delicious and nutritious matcha drink.

I would rate it 10. The aroma of the matcha tea makes me happy. The matcha and the milk were well-blended. Not too sweet. Not too bitter. Well-balanced and well-made. I could not say anything more. It made my day. No words can explain how good the matcha latte is.

I fancy the environment of Caffé Bene. The arrangement seems big enough to occupy large crowd. The mini garden was interesting. Both of us were having a good time. It was a good place for studying and meeting people.




Matcha Chocolate Monaka Review

My Matcha Chocolate Monaka Story

Short story: A few weeks ago, we wanted to go around Korea town for a taste of their BBQ. We ended up at a small Korean supermarket in Wilshire Center. It is called Zion Market. Scouring at the frozen section, we saw this cute dessert on a small corner. Matcha Chocolate Monaka Green Tea Flavor. We got curious and purchased two packs.

I devoured the first pack since my husband was driving. I could not wait to get home to try it. On the label, it says Japanese Traditional Ice Sandwich dessert. Green tea flavor. The packaging is unique and interesting. I removed the plastic pack. Carefully examine the ice cream. Took some photos. Devour the treat.

matcha chocolate monaka

The composition of the ice cream surprised me. Inside the crispy thin waffle covers the matcha ice cream coated in chocolate. It was very delicious and refreshing. Creamy and made me wanting for more. The matcha is hearty and robust.

I did not like the astringency of the matcha. It was too strong for me. I did not get to sleep around 4 in the morning!  It changed my entire sleeping plan! Same for my husband. We had to make up for another day to return back to our sleeping cycle.

I like the combination of the chocolate and matcha. I just hope it has more chocolate in it. Or a much thicker coating. I love chocolate. My husband loves the ice cream. He thought of buying more. He ended up buying a different ice cream since driving to the market takes 45 minutes to reach.

I rate this product from 1 to 10 based on the flavor, taste, and presentation where 1 is bad and 10 is good. The verdict is 9. We both find it different since it was our first time to relish the matcha ice cream. Personally, this product gives you enough energy throughout the day. Unique experience. Great product. I would recommend this anyone.


Ceremonial Grade Matcha Teaologists UK

Here is some information about the company:

Company: Teaologists UK
Product type: Ceremonial Grade Matcha
Year Established: 2016
Type: Usucha (Thin)
Location: United Kingdom
Flavor Rating: 9/10
Aroma Rating: 9/10
Color Rating: 9/10
Taste Rating: 9/10

Ceremonial grade matcha tea is being compared to kitchen or cooking grade. There is a huge difference. Ceremonial matcha tea is rich in taste. Try to compare superior, premium and ceremonial matcha tea together. They are not the same in the taste, flavor, and color. Even with the price.

ceremonial grade matcha
ceremonial grade matcha

There is also a difference when a product says ceremonial organic grade than the ceremonial grade. I considered where the powder came from since this is my first ceremonial grade that can be made into Koicha or Usucha drink. Great for people who want to change their coffee routine to matcha tea. I started with a premium grade of Koicha matcha tea. Though, I love my first matcha tea compared to the ceremonial grade matcha.

I purchased the sample of 5g for the price of £5. Now I check again, they change it and it’s less than $5. Hurrah! (Update: They do not offer samples as of August 2017) Matcha tea beginners who want to try matcha tea should be on the look out for samples. In case, your taste buds do its choosing for you. You may not anticipate the taste of it at the beginning. You will love it once you consumed all of it.

This product is one of their best sellers. The reason I bought their sample. I opened it and smelled the bursting aroma. It smelled good. I made a simple drink without whisking it. Check the picture above. The tea is rich, aromatic and smooth. It has warm notes to it. Personally, it is delicious, sweet and worth drinking over and over again. The great thing about drinking matcha tea is that it gives you the relaxing feeling you want. I like this matcha tea.

Superior GoldMatcha Honest Review

According to the product description stated on the site, Superior Matcha has a smooth, delicate taste with layered sweetness and bitterness. I would say the description fits the product perfectly. Personally, this superior goldmatcha tea is strong. It gives out that green tea smell and a bitter kick when I drink it. When I traditionally mix it with small increments of cold water before the hot water. The color of the liquid turns to

When I traditionally mix it with small increments of cold water before the hot water. The color of the liquid turns to green, not vibrant green. Mix it properly if you do not want to end up drinking a bitter matcha tea drink. I like it a lot.

Here is my short story on how I came to love matcha and all its goodness. My sister went to Japan last December and brought with her Koicha Matcha Tea from Uji, Kyoto Japan. It was so good that I instantly became curious about this powdered tea. My fixation drove me to start my own matcha tea blog.

Matcha Tea has changed my lifestyle. Officially, I am a matcha tea convert. Goodbye, coffee! Being not totally equipped with some matcha tools that I need to succeed in mixing matcha the right way. I just went ahead mix match with cold and hot water. Check out the cup above as a sample.

Compared to my first matcha which was Matcha Tea from Uji-Kyoto, Japan. The flavor, aroma, and color of the matcha tea were different. This matcha tea powder from GoldMatcha has a darker color. The texture is smooth and fine. The taste is really usucha which is good for drinking.

Officially, I am a matcha tea convert. Goodbye, coffee! Being not totally equipped with some matcha tools that I need to succeed in mixing matcha the right way. I just went ahead mix match with cold and hot water. Check out the cup above as a sample. Compared to my first

Overall, their superior goldmatcha tea is great. I would it a total score of 8/10. This is good for ceremony tea practice. For people who want to experience less expensive matcha.

Kyoto Uji Organic Matcha Tea From Kyoto, Japan

Here is the sample of the Organic Matcha product I purchased from Tokyo Matcha Selection online. It is manufactured from Ogura, Uji-Kyoto, Japan. You probably saw one of these on the internet. It is available from various resources online. Most of them offering this type of product are from Japan. You can see them in Japanese stores too.

When I ordered, it took the product to reach me almost two months. I was wondering why it took that long. Not until I read online resources that during the season from March to May orders get heavy and busy. Small to large orders go in and out of Japan. I panicked at some point and glad at the same time when I received my orders.

Kyoto has been popular for manufacturing matcha tea and widely known harvesting green tea. The largest companies who cultivates matcha tea products are from Kyoto. Other companies you have heard are from Shizuokoa, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Nishio.

This brand is different from the other matcha tea I have tasted. If I would rate the astringency level from one to five where one means it has less astringency and five means it has more astringency to its taste. I would rate it four. You can really taste the bold flavor of the tea. I love it in a way when I drink it in shots. It gives me that extra kick during the afternoon when I feel sleepy.

It gives me the impression that organic types can be strong. Strong in flavor and taste. This product has passed the JAS and JONA standards meaning it passed Japanese standards and it is safe to drink. I would recommend this to beginner’s and it would make a perfect practice ceremony tea.

My overall rating is 8/10. I am not really a fan of tea that has high levels of astringency. This is my personal review about this grade. I love the sweet ones that I was hoping to find for my next reviews. You can check the product here.

Bourbon Matcha Crunch Review

Bourbon Matcha Crunch product is made from Japan. I tasted this candy a few months and I find it really good. A company called Bourbon makes this delicious snack. I checked their website and it has the Japanese and English version. It is a good sign that this product came from a legitimate company that has quality standards.

This chocolate treat is crunchy and tasty. No wonder they call it matcha crunch. The thick chocolate cover makes this unique to someone who wants to enjoy matcha and chocolate at the same time. Someone like me! Kids would love this Bourbon matcha crunch because it’s delectable.

Inside it is a matcha flavored creme with rice crispies. Matcha filling covered with rice crispies and chocolate finish will definitely want it for more. I love matcha and chocolate too. The best of both worlds on a candy. I could not ask for anything more.

If you’re concern about snacking and the calories associated with it. It has only 30 kcal for one chocolate serving. Not too bad. The ingredients are artificial and contain milk, nuts, wheat, and soybeans. Sounds commercial thought it would not harm you just try it. This snack is great for anyone. Snack in moderation.

I mean there are a lot of snacks that have matcha filling. You got to try this one. I don’t have really an idea where to find this snack since it was given to me. I can’t give you a sample since it ran out. I saw some sites that sell the product. Try Amazon. It doesn’t have a lot of reviews and it is out of stock. Try to read the labels first before digging in. Not every package has natural flavors. For people who are allergic to nuts. This chocolate crunch may not be for you.

Maccha Uji No Sato

I purchased this Maccha Uji No Sato from Maiko Japan Online Store. I made a regular drink without whisking it. What you need to know about Uji No Sato is a thin or usucha type of matcha tea. With its name Uji, it refers to the region it came from Uji, Kyoto Western Honshu Japan.  This is a superior type of matcha “maccha” tea.

In Japan, they call it Maccha & not Matcha. Long before maccha was introduced as a healthy beverage to countries like the USA and Europe. Maccha is commonly used in Japan and soon was changed into Matcha. The spelling is different though the pronunciation is the same. Most people use Uji type of Matcha Tea for ceremony practice.

Japanese creates different terms and varieties for the matcha they make so nothing is the same. The matcha that I bought is organic. It does not cost much to try this type of matcha. Matcha for tea ceremonies at Tea Houses is expensive and sometimes hard to find. They are regulated by Tea Masters who are certified from level I-IV recommends the flagship products for use.

Maccha Uji No Sato is the good tea for you to drink and enjoy. It is refreshing, aromatic and light. Overall, I like this tea. I gave it a rating on 8/10. The quality of the Uji No Sato is good. I like Uji for drinking. I can tell the tea leaves used to make this tea are slightly old. Stone grind and machine grind matcha tea even have its own differences when it comes to their taste, texture, and color. That is what I learned throughout my journey.

You may find other matcha tea quite expensive. Uji No Sato is a good way to start your matcha tea experience. If you are at the experimental stage, I suggest you buy this type of matcha tea.


Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha Review

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha from Japan is created to be different from the rest. First, it is an organic matcha. They have different kinds as what you can see on the images. Standard, Premium, Deluxe, High Grade and Supreme. Let me tell you the differences of each kind.


Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha Standard, a good Usucha tea great for everyday drink and practice ceremony. I open the sachet and like what I smell. Made a simple matcha shot and whisk it for a minute. I was not impressed with the taste. The astringency of the matcha is strong. It was too organic for my taste. I would give it a rating of 6/10.

Kyo Direct Shizuku Organic Standard Matcha

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha Premium, one of the best tasting matcha from the product line. The powder smells good and fresh. After the product pictorial, I drink it all up. The taste was sweet and there is less astringency. It has a rich texture to it. I would rate it 10/10.

Kyo Direct Shizuku Organic Premium Matcha

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha Deluxe, this matcha is strong. The texture, after I whisk, become smooth and creamy. I love the texture. What I did not like about this type is the strong after taste and its leaves a slightly bitter taste on my tongue. I would rate it 8/10.

Kyo Direct Shizuku Organic Deluxe Matcha

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha High-Grade, this tea is great for tea ceremony practice. It is slightly sweet with medium astringency levels. It has a strong after taste which I did not drink it all up. I would rate it 8/10.

Kyo Direct Shizuku Organic High-Grade Matcha

Kyoto Direct Shizuku Organic Matcha Supreme. I have high expectations for this tea. I was disappointed with the taste. The tea is bold and aromatic. It has a strong finish and has medium astringency levels. The texture is smooth. I would recommend this for a tea ceremony. Not my favorite kind. I would rate this tea from Kyoto Direct 8/10.

Kyo Direct Shizuku Organic Supreme Matcha

Please take note the rating used in this post where 1 means poor and 10 means excellent.

Kappa Matcha Tea Review

My kappa matcha tea review based on this matcha from Japan. My sister gave it to me last year. It is a different matcha. It has a roasted smell when you open it. I expected the same smell just like the others. I was so surprised.

I took some photos of the product packaging. Also my drink. Yay! This is the second time my sister brought me another kind of matcha. I was excited to check if this is the same match she purchased last Christmas. The next thing I did was to make my usual drink. This time I have my whisk with me. I served two teaspoons of powder in my bowl. Pour in a little bit of hot water then whisk it. While whisking it, nutty smell of the steam evaporates.  I check the color its dark green. Pretty good for a matcha tea.

I tasted my tea. All good. It is very rich, nutty and has a roasted smell. I would say not all matcha are created equal. My sister’s fiancée told me before that every tea house in Japan has their own flavors. That’s a fact. I thought they were all the same. It’s not.

Do not expect that the matcha manufactured from Japan have the same standards, flavor, and quality to it. I would say the best ones are created by the monks. The first matcha she brought for me was created by the monks.
Overall, I would rate this 8/10 for flavor and texture. For the color and smell, it’s 9/10. The packaging is cute and in Japanese. So it’s hard for me to understand it. At the back, they provided a large site information which is great for you to buy their matcha tea online. You can check the site online and see what else they offer.

kappa matcha tea review

Matcha Green Tea and its Health Benefits


One of the major health benefits of matcha tea is that it delivers a mega dose of antioxidants in every sip. According
to the latest innovation in antioxidant research, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’.

Matcha Tea Health Benefits

Why is matcha better than loose leaf tea?

Every day, countless people throw away valuable antioxidants and minerals. While seemingly unimaginable,
that’s exactly what happens when you brew a cup of green tea because water can only extract a fraction of green teas
benefits. The majority actually remains unused, trapped in the tea leaves. In reality, the only way to truly take
advantage of green teas full potential is to consume the entire leaf. But that doesn’t mean you need to start eating
tea leaves. The simplest solution is to just enjoy a bowl of matcha. Because matcha is straight, stoneground tea
leaves, matcha provides you with green teas powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino
acids in a way no other green tea can. In fact, to even begin to match the potency found in a single serving of matcha, you would need to drink at least ten cups of brewed green tea. When it comes to helping you achieve and maintain optimum health, matcha is without equal.

Why is matcha tea considered an anti-oxidant powerhouse?

One of the biggest buzz words in nutrition, antioxidants are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent
aging and chronic diseases. Nowadays, a variety of fruits and vegetables are lauded for their antioxidant properties,
leading to a host of products with all kinds of claims. But matcha is unparalleled in comparison. Firstly, matcha is
packed with exponentially more antioxidants according to the latest innovation in antioxidant research.Using the testing method known as ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha possesses an amazing twenty times more so than pomegranates or blueberries. Matchas ORAC rating is a mighty 1573 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 93 units.

Why does this matter?

Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. Put simply, the more you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease.

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