Carrie Tong studied the Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney, and is currently seeking employment.
Published August 6th 2011
Matcha Matcha Matcha. That is what I say to myself, and sometimes out loud, when I have a craving for green tea latte (otherwise known as matcha latte). Therefore, I say it to myself about 24/7. Here is my list of the best three green tea lattes in Sydney.
It may be surprising, but the best green tea latte in Sydney (at least for me) is the green tea latte you can get at good old Starbucks. Unfortunately, I think a few Starbucks have shut down over the years (Australian taste does not always coincide with American taste, as can be seen in the example of Krispy Kreme), so most Starbucks stores are in the city. The Starbucks green tea latte is very cheap for the quantity and quality. The sizes are big, of course, being Starbucks. And surprisingly, there is a strong authentic Japanese green tea flavour to their green tea lattes. It is sweet enough, and there is also a nice foam at the top (I assume as a result of it being shaken).
Number Two: Azuma Patisserie
If you have read my other articles, you will know that Azuma Patisserie is one of my favourite foodie places at the moment. Their green tea lattes are one thing to be sure: very healthy-tasting. They are light, and definitely not too sweet (so you have to ask for liquid sugar separately if you like your green tea lattes sweet).
If you like your Japanese restaurants and your Japanese food, you've probably heard of or been to Ramen Kan. This is probably where my love of milky Japanese green tea drinks originated. They don't have a green tea latte per se, but they do have a "green tea milk". I think it's probably really the same thing, just under a different name. I used to love Ramen Kan's "green tea milks", but I've been there a few times lately, and they just haven't been quite as satisfying. I guess once you go to Starbucks, you never go back?
Thanks for the info! I only wish green tea lattes can be more popular! I live in Chatswood but works at Sydney U, and I can't find green tea lattes around Chatswood :(
By Anonymous Sunday, 11th of September @ 09:19 am
Yeah sometimes they can be quite tricky to find! If you ever pass by Strathfield train station you should also try the "iced green tea blended" at a store called My Sweet Memory near the entrance to Strathfield Plaza. :)
By Carrie Tong - senior reviewer Monday, 12th of September @ 04:00 am
I have never tried a green tea latte. The idea of mixing milk and green tea scares me even more than mixing black tea with milk. Also, is it possible to get skim milk instead of regular full cream? I mean Iím sure I could order it, but would it taste okay? Nice writing by the way.
Thanks! I didnt think to try starbucks! I brought one at the Adelaide markets and was hooked then have been trying to fine one in Sydney ever since, I keep asking cafes and they dont know what Im talking about lol. Do you think you could make them at home with a coffee machine?
By Anonymous Sunday, 25th of March @ 12:37 am
So sorry to have missed your comment, Maz! I like to think that everything that seems relatively decent is worth a try (for example, I tried some really interesting Korean food on Friday night that included oysters and pork and kimchi and lettuce in the same mouthful). You should definitely give the green tea latte a go! I would recommend My Sweet Memory's iced green tea blended drink (they're now open at Strathfield and in the city as well). I'm sure you could try asking for skim milk instead of full cream as well. :)
By Anonymous Sunday, 25th of March @ 02:38 am
Yeah, it's definitely a tricky item to find at cafes serving Western food! As I was just saying to Maz, I'd suggest trying to find a My Sweet Memory (they serve both hot and cold green tea lattes). To be honest, Starbucks isn't my top choice in Sydney anymore - have had quite a few disappointing ones by this time! And in regards to making them at home, what you can do is buy matcha powder from Asian supermarkets. If you shake up some powder with milk and melted sugar, it should taste relatively decent. Hope that helps! :)
By Carrie Tong - senior reviewer Sunday, 25th of March @ 03:31 am
Hi, you should try Hoochie Mama's Newtown; they make an awesome Chai Matcha Latte. You can also buy high quality, beautiful Matcha from zengreentea.com.au and make your own healthy Matcha drinks at home! I down a whole jug of matcha iced tea before I work out to give me all the energy :)