What is Matcha?

Matcha powder and a traditional matcha latte. Photo from Runner's World.

Matcha powder and a traditional matcha latte. Photo from Runner's World.

Isabel Alderete, Staff Writer

Matcha- you either love it, hate it, or never even heard of it. To quickly sum it up, matcha is a finely ground powder made from specially grown and processed green tea leaves. Matcha has many health benefits, but it also contains an ample amount of caffeine. Half a teaspoon of matcha powder contains about the same amount of caffeine as one cup of coffee, but the matcha-energy buzz lasts longer than a coffee high. Today, matcha is taking over the foodie world through boba shops, coffee shops, and matcha cafes. The Royal Reporter decided to find out how Rosary Royals really feel about matcha and where they fulfill their matcha cravings.

Elena Walz ’22 is a fellow matcha lover here on campus. She has been drinking matcha for over 2 years because it makes her feel healthy. When asked, Elena said, “I started drinking it because I like green tea, and when I saw matcha, I wanted to try it.” Elena’s go-to matcha order is an iced matcha latte with coconut milk, usually from starbucks, but she loves trying matcha from other coffee shops as well.

Elena Walz happily enjoying a matcha latte from Starbucks. Photo by Isabel Alderete ’21.

Junior Isabella Capps is another matcha-drinker at the Academy. Bella drinks matcha to get her caffeine fix, but she also enjoys matcha treats, such as matcha soft serve from Mr. Matcha. Bella loves matcha because of her mom. “One day, my mom came home with a bag of matcha powder, so she made me a latte. When I tried it, I loved it”, she exclaimed. At first, Bella was hesitant to try matcha because of her love for coffee, but she is now an avid matcha and coffee drinker. Bella usually makes matcha lattes at home, but she also loves the matcha beverages from The Lost Bean in Tustin, CA.

Unlike Isabella and Elena, Elly Esparza ’21 is not a fan of matcha. She is, however, a lover of green tea. Elly does not like matcha because of the taste. She disgustedly said, “Matcha is very bitter, and to me, it tastes like dirt.” Elly has given matcha multiple chances, but each time, it failed to grab her interest. From now on, Elly will stick to green tea, specifically the sweetened iced green tea from Starbucks.

Iced almond milk matcha latte from Cha Cha Matcha LA. Photo by Isabel Alderete.
Strawberry Matcha Latte from Boba Guys in the San Francisco. Photo by Isabel Alderete.
Matcha Buzz from Better Buzz Coffee in San Diego. Photo by Isabel Alderete.










This Royal Reporter has been drinking matcha for two plus years, so she’s had her fair share of matcha treats. After some strenuous thinking, this Royal Reporter has come up with the three best matcha beverages in California.

  1. Iced Almond Milk Matcha latte from Cha Cha Matcha LA
  2. Strawberry Matcha Latte from Boba Guys SF
  3. Matcha Buzz (ice blended matcha) from Better Buzz Coffee Roaster SD
Matcha donuts and a Nutella donut from Good Town Doughnuts. Photo by Isabel Alderete.
Matcha Affogato from Dripp Coffee. Photo by Isabel Alderete.
Matcha Gelato from Bella Gelateria. Photo by Isabel Alderete.

After some more strenuous thinking, this Royal Reporter also came up with three amazing matcha treats from across the globe.

  1. Matcha Donuts (both the vegan and regular one) from Good Town Doughnuts Costa Mesa
  2. Matcha Affogato from Dripp Coffee Bar Fullerton
  3. Matcha Gelato from Bella Gelateria Vancouver, Canada

The Royal Reporter would also like to offer an honorable mention to Blue Bowl for their matcha base in açai bowls.

While everyone has different opinions on matcha, The Royal Reporter thinks it is fair to say most of the students at the Academy like matcha. Because of its unique taste and caffeine dosage, matcha is an ideal drink for a burst of energy. If you’ve never tried matcha, be sure to check out one of the places mentioned above.