My review about Cafe Bene. I knew about Cafe Bene from my husband. I was new here in LA and we were going around in downtown LA.
We went to this Cafe because my husband wanted to study for his exams . After driving, we came and tried to go around twice for parking. It was difficult for us to find parking especially when all the parking slots are full. We found one after 8 minutes, it was a block away from the cafe. We had to walk several minutes to get there. Personally, it was okay for me but my husband who was bringing his briefcase and books which look very heavy, it was not okay with him.
He said he goes to this Cafe whenever he wants to study and enjoy coffee. We went in and check the menu. Since it was my first time my husband suggested I tried their matcha tea drink. He knows that I love matcha. I drink it almost everyday just like coffee. When we went in it was really busy, so the guy told us it would take time for us to receive our order. We told him it was fine and find a good spot near the cashier area. I told my husband if he can study with all the noise and he was okay with it. We tried connecting to the internet. We connected though it was super slow. So we spent like 20 minutes inside and got my drink.
The hot matcha tea latte was really good. It was creamy not too sweet and strong enough to keep me awake for the next few hours. It was so good that my husband ordered another one but we take it to go. After 30 minutes spending time in the cafe, everyone was just getting too noisy and we decided to leave and find a find a cafe with less crowd. It was a bit disappointing I wanted to stay there and eat. My husband said we’ll just go back there in another time.
My verdict about the matcha tea latte I would rate it 9 / 10. Why I just feel there was too much cream. I am not fond of putting cream in coffee or in my matcha drink. Anyone who likes ice cream on their matcha drink will really love this concoction. Overall, it’s very refreshing and strong. It keeps you till like 4 a.m. In the morning (just like what happened to me).
It is difficult to tell which Matcha Tea has a ceremonial grade to its quality especially if you are a beginner. In the market, there are products sold on the internet for the same type of Matcha tea powder. Yet the quality is worst compared to products that are known for their quality. The issues of the quality do get everyones attention. Including the specific grades of the powder to use.
How can you tell you purchased a quality Matcha tea? The grade of Matcha is defined by many factors:
1.) Location of the Tea.
2.) Premium quality has strict requirements when they are made. This means young leaves are carefully selected to make the premium tea powder. The treatment of the tea leaves. Before processing, the leaves are not exposed to sunlight. This type of process makes the powder color appear vibrant green.
3.) The treatment of the tea leaves. Before processing, the leaves are not exposed to sunlight. This type of process makes the powder color appear vibrant green.
4.) The texture, quality, and density.
5.) It is made from stems or leaves. Teas made from stems have different flavor and aroma. They are not bitter. Though tea stems is use for drinking. Stems are by-products of making Matcha. While the leaves selected for Matcha production.
6.) The fineness of the powder. According to my research, Matcha tea powder from Japan has a darker color compared to China made tea powder.
7.) Tea leaves made from granite stone mills have the best quality. Compared to Matcha Tea made from machines. Granite stone mill is the best for attaining the freshness, texture, color and density of the tea leaves.
8.) The oxidation of the leaves. Tea leaves exposed too much oxygen becomes dull and appears brownish green. You will know if it has the right amount if it smells like hay.
The internet has a vast selection of Matcha Tea and their specific type of grade (which I will cover in my next article). The only way to know what type you are going to buy is to read the labels. In addition, do not be enticed by lower price products. High-quality Matcha Tea is generally expensive above $20 or more.