The Matcha Cafe – a little piece of Matcha heaven in Bali
Who knew that a little piece of matcha paradise could be found just around the corner! This special cafe is located in Canggu and welcomes any matcha lover!
If you aren’t part of the matcha club yet lets get you informed a little about the great green power – and soon you will be part of the fan club!
Matcha is powdered Japanese green tea which has its very unique taste but also its very unique powers. This green powder is filled with antioxidants, in-fact it has seven times that of dark chocolate and sixty times that of spinach! It is also known to be an anti-ager, lowers LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol, supports weight loss, it detoxifies and its very high in fiber which stabilises blood sugar levels. It also consists of amino acid L-theanine, which combined with the naturel caffeine found in the powder creates a slow release of energy over the next 3-6 hours after consuming – unlike coffee which releases energy in more of kick form leaving you feel energised for about 1-1.30 hours.
If thats not enough to convince you let me tell you that it also tastes absolutely delicious! The powder can be used in many ways and forms creating the most tasty products.
And I know just the place for you to try all kind of matcha deliciousness! – Welcome to Matcha Cafe (or what I like to call Matcha Heaven!)
As soon as you set step into the cafe you notice the calm and fresh ambiance. Its location is beautiful as you are surrounded by green rice fields, which you overlook due to its open interior. The fresh white and matcha green interior gives a natural, bright and calm atmosphere.
They opened their doors only 6 weeks ago and is already one of the trendiest places in Canggu. The owner has a background in design and has an amazing eye for detail, which you notice not only in the interior but also in the menu and the presentation of the dishes. You automatically feel that you are in a place that serves clean and healthy products. The owner expressed that he wanted to have a small cafe that made you feel at home, and that is exactly the feeling you get. The owners character is reflected in the design and you can feel his energy and passion in the food.
With a slight breeze flowing through the cafe you sit comfortably in one of the seats awaiting to set eyes on their incredible menu.
The menu is definitely the most interesting one I have seen in any of the cafes I have visited so far in Canggu. From delicious smoothy bowls, matcha pancakes and matcha banana bread to matcha Gnocchi – thats right matcha GNOCCHI! – Definitely a must try!
The amazing thing is that most of their ingredients are sourced from local farms as well as being organic and home made. They also make their coconut milk fresh every morning – and that you can really taste.
You must try the Matcha Latte with coconut milk. I usually find that coconut milk sweetens your beverage overpowering the matcha flavour. But in this case no sweeteners are added so the milk is pure. Leaving you with the perfect latte which has a real matcha flavour.
As mentioned before the details that make up this cafe are incredible. Even the ceremonial tea is served in handmade cups and teapots crafted by locals. With hot water in one cup and matcha powder in the other you mix your matcha tea with a traditional bamboo whisk.
If you really want to taste the quality and delicious taste of the matcha you have to try this tea. The ritual of making the tea yourself adds to the experience and gives you the opportunity to personalise your drink as to whether you like it strong or weak.
The ‘Matcha Nutella Pancakes’ (60k Idr/ 3.30 gbp) are also a must try. They are gluten and dairy free but on request can also be made vegan. They are incredibly fluffy and full of flavour.
This plate is accompanied by delicious matcha ice-cream and the pancakes are drizzled with home-made healthy ‘Nutella’ – the ‘Nutella’ is made purely from hazelnuts and cacao, which gives a beautiful, raw and chocolatey delight to your pancake. Add a little granola to your spoonful for some crunchiness creating the perfect combination.
Another MUST try is their vegan ‘Matcha banana bread’. This banana bread is made with a special finishing touch! The bread is soft from the inside but as they toast it on both sides the outsides texture is deliciously crispy!
Best banana bread you will ever taste! It has a beautiful and comforting taste, served with a coconut cream and jam that will blow your mind.
A promotion that they have at the moment is one coffee/matcha latte + banana bread for only 50k Idr, which is about 2.80 gbp. – The perfect breakfast or snack!
A great feature that this cafe has is that they do not add any sugars – this brings out the natural taste of the matcha. I believe that in many places which serve matcha products unnecessarily sweeten the products to the point where the sweetness overrules the matcha flavour. But in Matcha Cafe’s products you don’t only benefit of the matcha goodness but you also get its real flavour.
However, next to serving top quality matcha they also serve top quality coffee. I have to be honest, as a coffee lover I enjoy a good espresso or cappuccino daily. But it has been difficult trying to find a really good coffee since my arrival in Canggu- one to come back for.
But not to worry fellow coffee lovers, because I found it! Matcha Cafe roasts their coffee in Indonesia and is freshly roasted twice a month. The difference between this coffee and the normal coffee you get in Bali is the fact that this coffee is a medium dark roast, unlike the light roast you get everywhere else. Making their coffee stand out as its full of flavour, bitter to the right point and most importantly NOT watery. Soon they will be selling their grounded coffee in bags so you can enjoy a delicious coffee at home!
They are open for you to enjoy a matcha rich breakfast and lunch, but soon they might keep their doors open in the evening too – who wouldn’t want a matcha infused dinner!
It’s definitely a place that you must visit when in Canggu. But honestly you can’t just visit once, you will be craving for more matcha goodness and find yourself back in no time! (I know I will)
So I can honestly say Matcha Cafe, WE LOVE YOU SO MATCHA!
They are open everyday from 7.30am – 4pm
Matcha Cafe is located in Canggu Berawa, Jl. Pantai Berawa No.99