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Homegrown tea brand Matchali opens pop-up cafe at The Upper House
Written by
Jenny Leung

Listen up matchaholics! Taking over The Upper House from now until March 29, Matchali is Hong Kong’s first homegrown matcha brand. Founded over their shared love for this finely grounded green tea powder, cousins duo Cara and Lara work directly with a fifth-generation tea-processing facility in Uji, Kyoto, a place that is known to be the birthplace and capital of matcha. 

Offering up all your favourite classic drinks with a modern twist, Matchali focuses on the beauty of ceremonial-grade matcha through healthy, handcrafted drinks made using natural sweeteners, tried-and-tested plant-based milk alternatives, and even health boosters such as collagen add-ins.

Purple Lemonade Matcha | Photo: Matchali

The menu at Matchali may be small, but each item is just as impressive as the next. The star of the show is the Starburst Matcha ($65). Made with a mango and raspberry fruit base, mixed with pea-milk and topped off with hand-whisked matcha, every sip of this beautifully layered drink is bursting with flavours. Or if zesty is the way to go for you, another must-try is the Purple Lemonade Matcha ($65), which marries matcha with pea-flower lemonade and is filled to the brim with antioxidants.

Iced Tumeric Tonic (left); Gold Latte (right) | Photo: Matchali

If you’re looking for something a little more mellow. The Grey Latte ($65) made from black sesame, activated charcoal, cashew cream, and of course, a shot of matcha goodness goes down smooth and helps absorbs toxins while cleansing the system. Another one of our favourites that we’ve been drinking this winter is the Gold Latte ($50). The zingy blend of turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and agave in this hot beverage will keep you warm and glowing from the inside and out.

So whether you're an absolute matcha fan, in need of a healthy boost to start your day, or just simply looking for something to quench your thirst, Matchali has it all.

Level 6, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Pacific Place, Admiralty
Opens Tuesday to Friday (8am-4pm); Saturday and Sunday (9am-5pm)

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