Matcha is a fine powder from the leaves of a specifically grown green tea, the color and texture of which can be added to all kinds of drinks, pastries and even dishes like pasta. The flavor varies, with a range of bitterness, sweetness, umami and grassiness. Coffee shops and restaurants across the country experiment with the color and flavor of matcha in everything from lattes and smoothies to ice cream, pastries and pancakes. The trend has even developed into entire matcha destinations, such as MatchaBar and Cha Cha Matcha in New York City.
In Chicago, Beatrix serves a Maple Matcha Cinnamon Latte with maple syrup and milk.