Calling all matcha lovers out there, I give you good news and it includes your favorite caffeinated beverage! Starbucks Japan has recently added an instant matcha mix to its Via line. Some of us would find that making a traditional bowl of matcha tends to be quite time-consuming as one would need to be patient enough to whisk the fine-powdered tea in a bowl to create froth according to the drinker’s preference. But worry not! ‘Cause Starbucks has found a solution to let its customers enjoy this tasty beverage while providing portability and convenience. For Starbucks fanatics, this is the perfect excuse to try something new.
If you love Starbucks Japan’s coffee then you must try their new instant matcha! Starbucks Japan now offers this instant beverage mix in their Via line, otherwise called Tea Essence Matcha. This basically contains the same powder used in Starbucks barista-prepared beverages. It is very convenient especially if you are in a hurry, you can just bring one with you to work. Just grab your Starbucks instant matcha, pour into your favorite mug, add hot water, and stir! If you desire, you may also add milk to make it sweeter. This is definitely a Japan-exclusive item that you shouldn’t miss!
If you prefer something else other than matcha, the Via lineup also has other must-try varieties! You can now make your afternoons something to look forward to with these different flavors that Starbucks has to offer.
You can also experiment and prepare your beverage in different ways. Here are some great recipes to try:
1. Iced Cold Matcha
Fill 1/4 of a tall glass with hot water and pour 1 pack of the Starbucks instant matcha. Then fill the glass with cold water and ice. You may squeeze lime juice and ginger to add more flavor to your drink. Lastly, make thin slices of cucumber and place some in your drink along with mint leaves for presentation.
2. Matcha Cocktail
In a blender, combine 1 pack of the Starbucks instant matcha, 1/2 oz Grand Marnier, 2 oz Citrus Vodka, and sweetener as desired. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with orange or lemon zest.
3. Matcha Energy Smoothie
Combine the following ingredients in a blender: 200 mL lemon water, 2 packs of the Starbucks instant matcha, 50 g chopped mangoes, 1 banana, 1 avocado, and a handful of almond nuts. Pour into a glass then enjoy!
Matcha is a tasty and healthy beverage which will always be a favorite among the masses. If you haven’t joined the green tea craze yet, Starbucks Via Tea Essence Matcha might just be perfect for newbies like you. This will definitely keep you coming back for more!