If you follow me on social media or subscribe to this blog, you may have noticed my slight obsession with matcha. The powdered green tea goodness has some amazing properties and is just freaking delicious. Yesterday Sabi and I went to Harvey Nichol’s Fifth Floor Cafe to check out the teapigs matcha on the terrace special matcha menu. A whole menu dedicated to matcha, I felt like all my prayers had been answered!

We each started off with a drink, Sabi with a matcha smoothie which looked and apparently tasted very ‘healthy’ and I had an iced mint matcha tea which was delicious and perfect as we were sat in a sunny spot on the terrace and it made me feel like I was in Barcelona or somewhere equally warm and relaxing.

Sabi and I decided to have everything off the menu, apart from the starters where we both wanted the chicken skewers so that’s what we both went for. All the food was incredible and teapigs legit need to bottle their teapig matcha mayo because I’d buy that stuff by the bucket load. None of the food was overpoweringly matcha flavoured which I think was very clever and necessary as the flavour can be a bit strong for some people and also it is caffeine so this prevents you from getting the jitters of you (like Sabi and I) decide to get a starter, main and dessert that’s all matcha-fied.

My favourite dish we tried was definitely the white chocolate matcha mousse, I can’t even explain how good this was! I was in heaven!

The terrace itself was serene and idyllic and I felt like I’d escaped London for an hour or two. The staff were all super polite as well and were really helpful with picking dishes. One thing I will say is that the teapigs matcha menu is totally affordable. I was expecting the prices to be higher than they were and anyone could come here for lunch and have an amazing meal at a very good price. I think this sets it apart from other pop-up eateries as it’s totally unusual, different and affordable. I also love that they’ve created dishes that combine matcha with more westernised dishes as in London a lot of other places with matcha flavoured dishes are oriental (as that’s where it’s from), so this is a different take on it!

You can buy some of teapig’s premium matcha over on their website here, I know I will be getting on that, and make sure you take a look at the Harvey Nichols’ webpage here.

As soon as I stepped foot inside Amanzi Tea, found in Soho on Brewer Street (can we also talk about how you can get a brew on Brewer Street… love it!), I knew I had found where I belong. If you know me, you know I like tea. If you know me kinda well, you will also know I have a soft spot for that green powdered stuff known as matcha tea (check out my previous blog post on matcha tea here). Amanzi Tea offers everything tea-themed from a nutella matcha frappé to orange truffle rooibos.

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The tea bar has a very cool, urban and almost New York feel to it (I’ve never been to New York, but I’m guessing this is what the trendy places in New York feels like, trust me), and is only made even more unique by the wall of teas. Honestly, there is every tea under the sun in this place, each with their own benefits, they’re even coded to help you decide the type of tea you’d like. As well as your regular loose leaf brewed tea, Amanzi Tea sell tea cocktails (which are amazing, my favourite is definitely the eldeflower and rose mar-tea-ni), bubble teas, tea lattes, a wide range of matcha based drinks, as well as coffees and hot chocolates for non-tea lovers).

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The place is so welcoming, I was greeted at the door by a lady with a big smile offering me a bubble tea sample, and you could tell that all the other customers also felt very relaxed in this chilled little tea bar.

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Aside from buying yourself a cup of whatever-the-hell-you’re-feelin’, you can also buy tea to take home, and pretty much any tea related items, and all of it for pretty decent prices, not the extortionate central London price tags you’d expect, which made me love the place even more! Not only that but the puns used are stellar, so all in all I have fallen in love with this little tea bar!

Check out their website and Instagram for more details, and if you’re in central London and fancy tasting the best nutella matcha frappé in existence, pay Amanzi Tea a visit!

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You may or may not heard about matcha tea, but just in case you haven’t, I’m going to give you the run down! I have recently given up coffee (because I was having trouble sleeping, and it was really aggravating my tummy, nooothing to do with the taste because I love coffee! I had been drinking matcha tea anyway, just not on a regular day to day basis, but decided to go full force and replace my morning cup of coffee with a cup of matcha and see how I got on.

So far I feel absolutely great! So energised but in a totally different way to that coffee buzz (that usually wears off pretty quickly or gives me a funny heart beat ha!).

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What is matcha tea?

Matcha tea is powdered green tea. Instead of steeping tea leaves in water, and then discarding the leaves, the leaves are ground down to a powder and mixed with hot water. So you’re actually consuming the leaves, which are the good stuff!

What are its health benefits?

Matcha tea has so many health benefits! It is packed with antioxidants, one cup of matcha tea has ten times the amount of antioxidants as a cup of regular green tea! One of these antioxidants is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is a phytochemical that can help fight free radicals (and therefore can help prevent cancer), it is also great for brain power and general health. Antioxidants are also just great for keeping you in tip top condition and help your body fight against viruses and diseases. Matcha also contains amino acids and L-theanine which are two other great nutrients.

Can it help me with weight loss?

It contains quite high levels of caffeine, which will always help speed up your metabolism and rate of fat burn, but there are also findings that the aforementioned EGCG can help boost fat burn and and your metabolism!

And the energy boost?

Matcha tea leaves are covered from sunlight when grown, so they retain much more chlorophyl than other types of tea, chlorophyl is an energy booster, and whilst matcha contains less caffeine than an espresso, the combination of the caffeine levels and the other nutrients gives you a hit for longer, and you don’t get the same slump when it’s worn off either!

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What does it taste like?

I am really not good at describing tastes, honestly, I am useless. But I have pooled some various descriptions from people and the taste is ‘vegetal’ but also slightly sweet. It may take you a while to get used to the taste, but I love it! Especially when made into a latte with coconut milk!

Where can I buy it from?

You can buy matcha tea from most health food stores, and speciality tea stores. I buy mine from Eat Clean Tea. This company was recommended by a friend and I have not looked back! I love their stuff so much that I have collaborated with them a few times on social media, purely because I love it so matcha (sorry couldn’t resist!).