7. What’s your go-to Matchali order?
Cara: The Classic Matcha Latte.
Laura: It was the Oatmilk Gold Latte with a matcha shot, and now it’s the Oatmilk Matcha Chai.
8. You travelled to Uji, near Kyoto, to observe techniques used to produce quality green tea. What did you learn?
Laura: We immersed ourselves in the matcha culture, and learnt about the heritage technique and craft.
9. How did you apply that to Matchali?
Cara: It’s really important to honour that tradition and heritage. We put our own modern spin on it, making it more accessible and health-conscious.
10. Why do you think matcha is so popular?
Laura: Matcha is a versatile, delicious and healthy alternative to coffee. With health and wellness gaining popularity now, people are open to trying new things that taste good and make them feel good too!
11. What are some of the health benefits of matcha?
Laura: It’s high in antioxidants, which makes it good for the skin, fighting cancer and strengthening the immune system.
Cara: It contains the amino acid L-theanine, which improves mood, helps to release the caffeine slowly and helps people to sleep better.
12. What’s the most popular item on your menu?
Laura: The Matcha Latte from the classics, and the Grey Latte from our specialty drinks.
13. Your purple lemonade matcha is so pretty! What’s in that and where did the idea come from?
Cara: We really like the tart flavour of lemonade with matcha — they complement each other really well. Most of the drinks are inspired by our travels. Butterfly pea flower, which is what makes the lemonade purple, is a great way to add natural colour, and has many health benefits. Other than that, we use fresh lemon juice, soda and a small amount of raw cane sugar.