It’s green and mean… well, meanly good for you anyway.
If you’re not familiar with matcha, it’s a specially grown Japanese or Chinese green tea that’s finely ground into a vibrant powder. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, matcha is coveted for its ability to boost metabolism, detoxify, and aid in concentration. Yup, this bad boy has got all the goods.
Health benefits aside, we actually totally dig the flavour too, so we’ve put together the ultimate guide for absolutely all things MATCHA on the Sunshine Coast.
Like us, Vanilla Food certainly love themselves a little matcha. They’ve been known to feature things like get-up-and-go matcha smoothie bowls, mean Paleo matcha muffins or, currently, amazing green goodness matcha smoothies. Always changing, never EVER disappointing.
Sunspace Cafe is the perfect setting for a cup of pretty much anything, but their matcha latte brewed on housemade almond milk is particularly divine. Now, tell us, how’s the serenity?
BUDDHA ON HASTINGS
Buddha On Hastings is the new kid on the block bringing serious mod-Asian food to the tourist strip. What they’re also bringing is deep-fried matcha ice cream and it’s ahhhhhhmazing.
It’s all about the milk selection at Greenhouse Cafe. Whether you want your matcha green tea latte with coconut milk, soy, almond, lactose-free or even plain old regular cow’s milk—they’ve got you sorted.
Of course Decisions Cafe found a way to put a sweet twist on this superfood. They pair their housemade matcha ice cream with lemon coco tea cake and top it with blueberries to make the ultimate treat that you absolutely must get in your belly, stat.
CK COFFEE BAR AND WHOLEFOODS
These guys aren’t rated as one of the best cafes in Mooloolaba for nothing. Pound the esplanade for your morning sweat sesh then head to CK Wholefoods where they’ll sort you out with a damn good matcha latte for your daily pick-me-up.
If you don’t fancy a matcha latte, you can choose to have it the traditional way at Clandestino. Served with loose matcha powder and a fandangle little whisk, this is one type of DIY we can handle. And if you really dig it, you can also buy a bag to take home.
NEW EARTH CAFE
Coolum’s only vegan cafe, New Earth Cafe has two matcha specialteas (see what I did there?) Their Matcha latte is brewed on housemade cashew milk which makes it uber creamy and delicious, and then there’s the matcha cashew coconut frappe which is basically all the good things in one amazing drink.
SUSHI YAH MAN
If you want to dive in for the whole Japanese experience, grab yourself some of the Coast’s best sushi alongside your matcha latte at Sushi Yah Man.
THE VELO PROJECT
We’ve got a secret to tell you… The Velo Project were making matcha lattes waaay before they were cool.
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