Yoko Matcha Brings Organic Matcha to Wynwood
Our girl and contributing writer Angela of @a_cuteangleeats brings you another amazing review of Yoko Matcha. This piece is written by her. All photos here were beautifully taken by her .
As a matcha lover, it took a long time to find accessible matcha in cafes around South Florida. While many coffee shops are finally offering matcha drinks in the area, none of them are doing it like Yoko Matcha (@yokomatcha), currently in Wynwood.
Chié, owner of this pop-up shared these sentiments toward a barren matcha culinary landscape when she moved from New York to Miami in 2016. She often encountered blank stares as she attempted to order her green tea drinks at cafes in the area. She quickly learned that matcha was still unknown in the Miami food and drink scene.
So what exactly is matcha? Chié long ago learned about the benefits of matcha- a finely ground green tea powder- in her fight against breast cancer. Matcha has proven cancer-fighting and anti-aging properties. This form of green tea supports immune function, detoxifies the body, boosts metabolism and burns calories. It’s high in vitamin C and other minerals, and packed with amino acids and antioxidants. For those who rely on caffeine, matcha is a healthier source. Its slow release caffeine provides a calm awareness, jitter-free energizing effect.
As a breast cancer survivor with a passion for matcha, Chié wanted to educate others on why its consumption could be beneficial. And so, Yoko Matcha came into fruition, originally as a food truck (covered in infographics) at the Wynwood Yard. Thanks to support from the Yard, Yoko Matcha was featured in local papers like the Miami Herald and quickly grew in popularity. After one and a half years at the Yard, Yoko became a Wynwood pop-up.
Yoko Matcha can currently be found at Dasher & Crank (@dasherandcrank)- an artisan ice cream shop across from the Wynwood Yard. Parking in this area can be tricky based on the day and time, but metered parking is always your best bet.
Yoko Matcha products are also wholesale, and can be found in many local Wynwood spots such as Pura Vida in Edgewater and Lulu’s Ice Cream in Miami.
When turning the Yoko Matcha concept into a reality, Chié knew she wanted her shop to feel more fun and less traditional. Born in Spain and raised in Tokyo, she wanted to mix the cultures to create a diverse menu. These influences can be seen in drinks like the Matcha Bombon (matcha and condensed milk) and Matcha Pastelitos.
Chié’s favorite item on the menu is the Matcha con Leche- matcha and your choice of mylk (she opts for oat milk), but the most popular drink tends to be the Matcha Rosa- a Matcha con Leche infused with rose syrup and topped with rose petals.
All of the matcha drinks are made with organic kosher matcha from a farm in Shizuoka prefecture, the green tea capital of the world.
And while Yoko is notorious for their matcha drinks (it’s all in the name), you shouldn’t sleep on their wellness lattes- including a secret favorite, the hoji tea. This roasted green tea drink is lower in caffeine, ideal for an afternoon sip.
If you’re truly not a fan of tea, any of the colorful lattes or coffee options will be sure to suit your sweet cravings.
Pair any of the drinks here with a matcha snack- matcha donuts, cookies and cupcakes- all baked in-house. The vegan and gluten-free varieties are baked by local lead authority in the plant-based community of Miami, Pamela Wasabi (@amlamiami).
Yoko’s official theme is a pink and blue palette- pink in support of the fight against breast cancer, and blue- Chié’s color association with Miami. Dasher & Crank’s tones are the perfect backdrop for this matcha popup. With its pink walls, pink rotary phones and natural lighting, this spot is nirvana. Sit on the bleacher-style steps and snap a shot with your favorite matcha drink.
While this popup often changes location, Chié is hoping she’s found Yoko’s new home inside Dasher. Take advantage of this collaboration and visit her soon- get a caffeine fix and an overall wellness boost at Yoko Matcha. You’ll soon find you’re #locaformatcha.