We have been going to this cafe for quite some time. I feel they deserve to have a nice review of their matcha beverage. Just to let you all know, this is my first time to try their matcha drink. I tried all the other flavors which are good. I want to make sure I specifically want the matcha tea boba I always wanted.
This Honey Boba cafe is located in Monterey Park, CA. The place is very spacious. I love the chandelier decorations and how everything feels like cool. Not too hot inside. You can bring your laptop or work even there. A place you can relax.
About the matcha boba drink, I tasted it and it seems like green tea. The quality of the matcha is not strong enough for me. Personally, I would have called this green tea boba. How they mix it with milk and other concoction makes it really taste good and sweet. I like my matcha strong enough to last me throughout the day.
It was not the best matcha experience for me. I had expectations that the drink would surpass the ones in Little Tokyo. It was just not too strong. The container made me happy because it was easy to drink and put a cap on it while driving. It’s spillproof and the lid makes sure it doesn’t leak.
The disadvantage of the canister, I had to open it to put my straw in to drink. Little spills on the cup holder can be quite a hassle to clean. It was messy. I had to drink half of it put the lid on and get back on the road. The wait was okay. I don’t mind the detail. It’s just that I have to open and then close it.
Buying the drink was not too expensive. We have tried really good ones that have to buy one get one free promotion. They don’t have any promotion. You have to buy the drink individually. They have a lot of options that are around $5 or more. Better flavors and mixes.
The advantage is the amount of drink you have. It’s more than a cup. We usually get large size plastic cups. The size is times two. Though we paid for two, we absolutely love the idea of having plenty of matcha tea blend in our container. My husband said it’s like paying for $10 if it was cup size.
Overall, I was happy with my drink not with the amount of ice inside it. It was very tasty and I would love to order it again. Even if it’s not too strong, there is caffeine on this drink. Not good for kids. Perfect for a hot day and just lingering inside the cafe. A must-have drink for students or anyone who wants to feel refreshed and energized all day.
I have seen the ITO EN Oi Ocha Unsweetened Green Tea at supermarkets and some online. The reviews I read about this drink was fair. I found no reviews to read that would convince me to buy it. This drink on sale at Daiso near me. I grab the chance to get one. Make a good review of the green tea drink.
This drink does give you an extra boost of calm energy on a hot day. It is loaded with vitamin C to keep you away from getting sick. It is made from green tea leaves that gives you 100% nutrients you need.
What makes this product different is that it taste like real tea. It is delicious as it gets cold. The other products may have milk or additional sweeteners. This one hardly has any sugar on it.
Its distinctive natural tea flavor makes me really like it. I don’t go for sugary drinks. The Oi Ocha Unsweetened Green Tea is my winner. Without artificial sweetener, for me, it is the best green tea beverage I have ever drink.
Its natural taste of tea makes me want to drink it over and over again. This product is great. Perfect for people who want to cut down sugar on their diet and want to find healthier beverage options.
The flaw I see in this product is that its made in Taiwan, not in Japan. The label says its Japan’s No. 1. I was assuming this was manufactured in Japan, not Taiwan.
Product intention is to provide a non-sugary tea beverage for individuals who had diet restrictions. To people who are diabetic and wants to enjoy tea on the go. This is perfect for anyone who drinks tea, hot or cold. The only beverage you enjoy without the sugar.
Where to find this product? You can purchase it on our store using this link. Please note that buying using my links gives me a commission.
I got this snack from my husband who went to the Japanese market, Marukai Market. The name of the snack is Matcha Peejoy Snack. The design is patterned after the stick filled snacks. Instead of filling it with chocolate, they filled it with matcha cream. I thought this would be another simple snack. They made it too small. I kinda like it because it was easy to eat. I could taste the light matcha cream inside the lightly baked stick.
This snack is not something I want to buy every time I get cravings. Comparing it with the other matcha stick snack available online. This brand did not stand out. I was hoping it was delicious. It was okay. No wow factor. The taste did not remain on my tongue. Unforgettable. I might include this on my top 100. Nothing too special that leaves a lasting mark.
The good thing about this snack since it is light and easy to carry. You can easily put this in your bag for a quick no-nonsense snack. It is good to fill you up for an hour or two. The next thing you know you need to find a heavier snack to partner it with. The cream really makes this snack worthy tasting. The texture and crunch are amazing.
I think the only people who would love this snack are children. It is not high in sodium or any other artificial flavoring. The sugar level is not too high (above 100 mg is too much). You would not let your children eat sodium rich foods. Kids would love eating this using melted chocolate. Since it is a great complement to matcha.
You can purchase this snack online or any Japanese market. Whenever I go to the Japanese market, they sometimes change their product offerings. I suggest to find it online first. This is a good light snack for kids and adults who needs matcha energy.
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 taste, flavor, and color. Even with the price.
There is also a difference when a product says ceremonial organic grade than the ceremonial grade. The place where it came from is also considered. This is my first ceremonial grade that can be made into Koicha or Usucha. 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 still love my first matcha tea compared to the ceremonial grade.
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! Matcha tea beginner’s who wants to try matcha tea should be on the lookout 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 a relaxing feeling you want. I like this matcha tea.
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 matcha 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 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.
Compared to my first matcha which was Matcha Tea from Uji-Kyoto, Japan. (I consumed everything before I realize I forgot to take a picture). 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.
Overall, their superior matcha 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.
I tasted this candy last week and I find it really good. This Matcha crunch product is made from Japan. A company called Bourbon. 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 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!
Inside it is a matcha flavored creme with rice crispies. Pop it in your mouth and you will definitely be wanting for more. I love matcha and chocolate too. I have the best of both on what I love on a candy.
What is more to ask? Concern about calories? It is only 30 kcal for one chocolate. The ingredients are artificial and contain milk, nuts, wheat, and soybeans. It would not harm you. Though it will put fat on your love handles and be there as long as you work out.
There are a lot of snacks that have matcha filling. Try to read the labels first before digging in. Not every package has natural flavors. For some who have allergies especially to nuts. This chocolate crunch may not be for you.
Here is the sample of the organic uji 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 make has passed the JAS and JONA standards meaning 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 of this grade. I love the sweet ones that I was hoping to find for my next reviews.
I purchased this Maccha Uji No Sato from Maiko Japan Online Store. You can see that I made a regular drink. (My whisk and other stuff have not arrived.) 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 maccha tea. In Japan, they call it Maccha & not Matcha. I will explain the difference between the two terms after my product reviews. Most people use Uji type of Matcha Tea for ceremony practice.
A 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 has 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.
I recently got my sample from Kyoto Direct. The product is called Kyo Shizuku Organic Matcha from Japan. I want to share how this matcha is 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.
Kyo Shizuku Standard Matcha, a good Usucha tea great for everyday drink and practice ceremony. I like the smell when I open the sachet. I made a simpe matcha shot and whisk it for a minute. I was not impress 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 Shizuku Premium Matcha, one of the best tasting matcha from the product line. It smells so 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 Shizuku Deluxe Matcha, 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 slight bitter taste on my tongue. I would rate it 8/10.
Kyo Shizuku High Grade Matcha, 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 Shizuku Supreme Matcha. I have high expectations for this tea. It fell short once I taste it. The tea is bold and aromatic. It has strong finish and have medium astringency levels. The texture is smooth. I would recommend this for tea ceremony. Not my favorite kind. I would rate this teafrom Kyoto Direct 8/10.
The rating use in this post where 1 means poor and 10 means good.
I got this matcha from Japan. It is called Kappa Matcha Tea. My sister gave it to me last Christmas. It is a different matcha. It has a roasted smell when you open it. I was expecting the same smell just like the others. It was not. I was surprised.
I took some photos of the product. Also my drink. 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.
I made my usual drink. This time I have my whisk with me. I place two teaspoons of powder on 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 it’s 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 matchas are created equal. My sister’s husband told me before that every tea house in has have their own flavors. That’s a fact. I thought they were all the same.
The matcha manufactured from Japan has different 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, its 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.