MatchaBar, New York City’s matcha-exclusive tea bar/shop opened their newest location in Los Angeles this weekend.
Run by the Fortgang Brothers, Max & Graham, MatchaBar began as a caffeine-addiction turned reality. After falling in love with matcha, they began sourcing their product directly from a single family farm in Nishio, Japan. In 2014, they opened their first MatchaBar in Brooklyn and expanded to Manhattan in 2015. Shortly after, they created their own line of bottled matcha, available at markets in the greater New York area.
MatchaBar’s first West Coast location boasts white brick and tile, outdoor patio seating, and new warm-weather friendly signature drinks, such as matcha with coconut water and sparkling lavender lemonade matcha. Pastries are made fresh by Gjusta and a small food menu was co-created by Amara Kitchen, both Los Angeles staples. A standard coffee menu is also available.
MatchaBar has positioned themselves in the heart of Silver Lake’s Sunset Strip, between a veritable who’s-who of coffee powerhouses in Los Angeles. It’s less than a mile away from Intelligensia Coffee, Dinosaur Coffee, and Alfred Coffee, and just over a mile away from Woodcat Coffee Bar and Blue Bottle Coffee. There’s so much coffee in any given city, much to the chagrin of tea lovers out there, and specifically in this neighborhood, thus opening up a tea bar is a clear statement. There are rumors of another LA-based MatchaBar opening before the year’s done, so it looks like a statement that isn’t done being made.