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In Which a Japanese Grocery Find Makes it Possible to Get Matcha Lattes at Home…

The Iced Matcha Latte from Blenz Coffee

Matcha lattes rank high among my drinks of choice.  I love the taste: the way the bittersweet flavor of the tea with its nuances of almonds and honey is tempered by the natural sweetness of pure, fresh milk.  I like how it both soothes the soul and excites the palate all at the same time.  The one at Starbucks is nice

What I don’t like is the fact that sweetened matcha powder – let alone plain matcha powder – can rarely be found even at the most au courant supermarkets, so actually making these elegant sippers at home is nigh on impossible.  The supermarket over at The Landmark sometimes has it in stock – but those times are few and far between.  And, while matcha is almost always available over at Kozui in Quezon City, I hardly have the time or the energy to actually trek to and fro between Muntinlupa and that part of town.

The Matcha Syrup from Nestle Japan’s Home Cafe Line

Fortunately for an intrepid matcha junkie like me, I was able to find a rather spiffy product to help myself out over at my favorite Japanese grocery Choto Stop.  Choto Stop actually carries the Nestle Home Cafe Line, a series of instant coffee and tea mixes specifically blended for the Japanese market under the supervision of the celebrated patissier Yasumasa Takagichef patron of the Le Patissier Takagi chain of bakeshops.  The regular line consists of powdered mixes while the meister line involves bespoke coffee and tea syrups that one can simply pour into heated or chilled milk for one’s beverage of choice.

The Uji Matcha variant is a real treat for green tea fans: not too bitter, not too sweet, and, considering how small the tub is, there’s just enough to impart a pretty pastel green color to your milk and add quite a bit of flavor.

Just pop open, pour into milk, stir, et voila!

While this is nice enough on its own, the matcha syrup can also be used to add a second dimension, as it were, of green tea goodness when tossed into a blender with cold milk and a couple scoops of green tea ice cream (for strength, get the one from Arce Dairy, grab the one from Fruits in Ice Cream [FIC] if you want a more subtle hit, or go all posh and get Haagen-Dasz) for one fabulous milkshake guaranteed to make those around you green (haha!) with envy.  😉

Nestle Home Cafe Line Uji Matcha Syrup – P 80.00 per pack of four tubs from Choto Stop, Pasong Tamo, Makati.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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