If you’ve ever been curious about the mysterious “green” that once plagued an unloved plate of ham and eggs, the overwhelming matcha craze might have the answers you’re looking for. With everything from matcha donuts and traditional teas to the strongest green tea ice cream in the U.S. we’ve got five Houston spots to satisfy that green-as-envy craving.
1 – Bubble Egg
From savory to sweet, Bubble Egg brings one of Hong Kong’s most recognizable street foods to Houston with the egg waffle. Stacked high with a whole range of toppings, one of the star features of the menu is the matcha base batter, which puts a sweet green spin on the classic golden waffle. If green isn’t on your waffle color wheel, they always offer the classic style or double chocolate base to keep things fresh.
A Hawaii original, Matcha Cafe Maiko brings an almost all matcha menu to it’s new Houston location. Featuring their signature matcha shaved ice and matcha soft serve, Cafe Maiko brings the traditional taste of Uji matcha to its entire menu. With all of their products made in-house, you can enjoy fresh made waffle cones filled with an absolutely delicious matcha cream.
3 – Morningstar
Even if you’re not part of the brunch crowd, Morningstar is still serving up unique donuts and a whole menu of drinks to satisfy that caffeine itch. While they make the list for their perfect matcha donut, the mochi, jasmine citrus, and lemon poppy donuts are honorable mentions for making us actually get out of bed before noon.
4 – Meccha Matcha
Do you want to know the difference between weak matcha and a matcha that has strength? It’s not dated references, we promise. At Meccha (pronounced met-cha) Matcha, you can find out with their matcha ice cream that comes in three different levels. Level three, the strongest matcha ice cream in the states, comes with a 55% concentration of matcha! If you’re not ready to destroy your taste buds with the flavor of green hills and misty leaves, they offer a whole variety of other matcha-centric drinks, snacks, and deserts too.
5 – The Path of Tea
If you’re not quite ready to jump into a sea of green tea flavored breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Path of Tea can help you find other avenues of flavorful boiled leaves. With a huge selection of teas for all taste ranges and occasions, Path of Tea offers high grade tea leaves from all over the world. And don’t worry about being overwhelmed by all the options, Path of Tea hosts weekly tea tastings so people can try new teas and learn about their history.
With coffee dominating the caffeine scene, these tea shops and matcha cafes have been making a subtle but steady rise. For those looking to satisfy a matcha craving, or people looking to try something new for their morning routine, any one of these local Houston stores might hit the spot. Ranging from recent to long standing, each of these shops is open and ready to serve up some fresh tea across Houston.