We don’t think there is another coffeehouse chain that is as widely loved as Starbucks. The twin-tailed mermaid company was founded in 1971 in the laidback city of Seattle in Washington. From its humble beginnings, the company has expanded into more than 30,000 branches worldwide. 

Today, Starbucks is one of the most competitive and globally known coffee chains, with stores in more than 78 countries and territories worldwide. The United States, Canada, and China are the top three countries with the largest number of Starbucks branches.


Starbucks is known for its continuous and conscious efforts to innovate, without straying too far from its roots, which is coffee. From seasonal offerings, juices, and non-caffeinated beverages, all paired with tastefully done meals and pastries, it is not surprising that the company established its own interpretation of one of today’s most popular drinks – matcha green tea.

The Origins of Matcha Green Tea (Starbucks)

Those of you who may be familiar with matcha may be aware that it originated from the Land of the Rising Sun – Japan. It is made from finely ground tea leaves and gives this earthy and whole flavor that is similar to the boldness of coffee but with more holistic tones and variations in taste. 

In fact, Matcha Green Tea Starbucks takes pride in ensuring that they use two premium ingredients – finely ground Japanese green tea and sugar. This keeps the flavor intact, and sugar neutralizes the strong elements of the tea for consumers who want a milder flavor.

With this being the basis of Matcha Green Tea Starbucks, the experience further progresses into various blends, be it with almond milk, regular milk, or other custom concoctions you may desire.

Starbucks VIA Matcha

Starbucks Japan VIA Tea Essence MATCHA Green tea Stick

Thanks to the VIA series of Starbucks, you can easily have a taste of an authentic matcha beverage wherever you want to have it. Now, if you have time to drop by one of the coffee shops, they also blend this fresh as a Frappuccino or a hot drink, whichever you prefer. This drink is absolutely versatile and is not only bursting with flavor, but full of the good stuff as well.

The Matcha Green Tea Powder Starbucks in the VIA sachets are topnotch. The powder carries the authentic flavors of the tea farms in Japan, and it undergoes a strict quality control process before it reaches consumers. The Matcha Green Tea Powder Starbucks also comes in a dainty pack, with a light green box that is very pleasing to the eyes. 

One of the most popular versions of the Starbucks latte is the Matcha Green Tea Latte Starbucks. The company seemed to perfect the blend into one refreshing drink that is far from overbearing. What sets the Matcha Green Tea Latte Starbucks apart from other coffee chain matcha green tea drinks is its purity and, of course, fantastic taste. The good thing about this variation of Matcha Green Tea Starbucks, aside from its great taste, is the undeniable convenience. If you’re craving for some Matcha Green Tea Starbucks with a latte twist, this product is conveniently packed in sachets that you can prepare whenever, wherever.

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Starbucks Japan VIA Tea Essence MATCHA Green tea Stick

This drink is absolutely versatile and is not only bursting with flavor, but full of the good stuff as well.


How to Make Your Own Matcha Green Tea Latte

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this wholesome beverage. 

If you like it hot…

  • Empty sachet into a cup.
  • Pour about 180 ml of hot water.
  • Mix lightly.

If you like it iced…

  • Follow the same instructions as above.
  • Add ice cubes as you stir the mix.

Add-ons…

  • Matcha Green Tea can be served as it is, or can be mixed with your choice of milk or other flavor options to enhance the taste.

Benefits of Matcha

Who would’ve thought that a great-tasting drink has a lot of benefits? Well, you may think matcha green tea lattes are too good to be true, but they are really wonderful drinks.

Matcha is bursting with antioxidants. As they essentially follow the principle and benefits of tea through a more concentrated and enhanced method, matcha contains a lot of antioxidants to protect the cells from premature degeneration. Research has proven that the regular consumption of matcha-based drinks can help slow down the aging process because of the effectiveness of the antioxidants found in each serving. Talk about fountain of youth in a cup!

Matcha provides you with your caffeine fix. With respect to the wonderful benefits you can get from coffee, matcha can also be a good source of caffeine to wake you up and invigorate your mind and mood. The good thing about matcha is that the level of flavor varies with each sip, which is something that coffee won’t be able to provide. While it is worth noting that some individuals compare the caffeine in matcha as a milder substitute, it is quite subjective when compared to coffee. There are some who are have a better body reaction with matcha, while others are more compatible with coffee.

Matcha aids digestion. Except for smoothies, matcha-based drinks are one of the few beverages that aid digestion because of their fiber content. Each serving helps the body in cleansing the digestive tract and preventing constipation. If you’ve been a fan of traditional Japanese and Chinese cuisine, tea is the foundation of a good meal because it prepares and helps the body digest the meals more effectively. Hence, tea is a staple part of the oriental diet. 

Matcha helps improve your memory. Who would have thought this is possible? This may be hard to believe, but this is actually true. Matcha contains more than five times L-Theanine (not to be confused with L-Carnitine) than your average tea. L-Theanine helps promote memory function and recall, and that is a very good benefit across all ages. This drink not only helps you relax, but it also helps you remember stuff.

Matcha helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. The ingredients of matcha are collectively working together to make you healthy. Thanks to its mild diuretic effect, it helps regulate blood pressure, and the fiber that we previously discussed helps control cholesterol levels. This helps your body maintain its normal functions for a longer period of time.

Mikasa Jones
Mikasa grew up in the dynamic Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Mikasa defines herself as an adaptive young woman who has been immersed into various cultures not just in the United States, but also her mother's hometown in Yokohama, Japan. She is a chef by profession and is an active member of the American Culinary Federation. She swears by a cup of hot matcha after a long day, saying that it helps her relax and focus on her tasks on a day-to-day basis.

Japan Daily Press is one of her outlets for sharing information with readers about the accessibility of commercially available Japanese products. She thinks that the misconception of sub-standard quality and taste of commercial food should be erased because there are a lot of manufacturers that are really stepping up their game in terms of developing products that are as close to authentic as possible.