Find your Matcha – with Teapigs at Harvey Nichols

Last week an impromptu invite from a close friend and fellow blogger Pippa Leon (find her over at Pip Pip Hooray) resulted in an informative evening of cocktails and matcha with the premium tea brand Teapigs, at the renown Harvey Nichols Terrace. Teapigs have teamed up with the Fifth Floor Cafe and Terrace at Harvey Nichols to create a fabulous and tranquil green space serving all things matcha! Proving popular this collaboration has been extended for another month and will now run until the end of June, so there’s still plenty of time to get your matcha fix and discover a host of new ways to incorporate this super power tea into your diet.

Teapigs Matcha is 100% organic green tea, the bitter stalks and veins are removed leaving only the purest part of the leaves, which is then ground to a very fine powder perfect for adding to almost anything.

Just one gram of this potent powder has ten times the nutritional benefit of regular green tea, with only half the caffeine of coffee!

And what are these benefits I hear you ask?

  1. Matcha is high in green tea flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
  2. Studies have shown that drinking regular cups of green tea can increase the rate at which the body burns calories. (Fist Pump)
  3. The combination of natural caffeine and the calming amino acid L-theaninen will also leave you feeling calm and focused.
  4. Along with antioxidants Matcha also contains polytheonols which can help to prevent UV damage. Who doesn’t want healthier skin?

Having learnt all these amazing facts about matcha I was even more excited to get some of it into my system, with a university finals exam just a few days away I can do with all the help I can get!

I was already about half way through my welcome drink by this point, a fabulous rum based cocktail incorporating pineapple and some Teapigs matcha. I would never have thought to put matcha in a cocktail, the green glow made it almost look healthy and I bet there’s at least a part of my five a day in there somewhere. In fact, I liked it so much that when a few spares were being offered up I was the first to offer my cocktail consuming services.

Next came the food, a selection of canapes representing some of the beautiful matcha dishes available on The Terrace menu. From left to right we had a sweet matcha fried prawn, matcha marinated chicken, a spoonful of matcha and quinoa salad, some beautiful salmon with a matcha mayonnaise and finally a perfect little matcha macaroon. That’s a whole lot of matcha.

The fun didn’t stop there, up next was a cocktail making masterclass in collaboration with Pococello, a premium limoncello grown on the Amalfi Coast and born in Soho. If I wasn’t already convinced that matcha and alcohol could go so well together, then this would have changed my mind. The smooth, zesty Pococello paired beautifully with the matcha syrup and left a crisp, clean finish on the tongue.

The cocktails went down so well as the sun set on a sunny London day.

This event completely opened up my eyes to a whole new world of matcha possibilities. I was no longer confined to consuming it as a hot tea but instead have been introduced to ice cold juice drinks, tins full of powder for baking and creating and even on the go sachets for adding to water bottles, teas and juices. Inspired, I’ve decided to take the Teapigs #matchachallenge, taking matcha in one form or another for 14 days to see if I can feel the benefits. I’m not sure if 14 days of cocktails were exactly what they had in mind but I’m not one to turn down a challenge! If you’re interested in joining in too then be sure to share pics of your matcha creations using the hashtag #matchachallenge and you can head over there to check out some inspiration too.

For now, it’s back to my studies, and a sneaky matcha G&T.

Sophia x

For more information on the Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Terrace click here!


 

What I’m wearing

Top – H&M 

Trousers – H&M

Shoes – ASOS (New Look)

Watch – Olivia Burton

Jeweller – Links of London (on sale!)

Jacket – French Connection (Very old link to similar)

*This is not a sponsored post, though I did attend an event and received samples to try for free, all opinions as always are my own.

 

 

 

 

39 comments

  1. Jenn Worrell says:

    These look amazing! What a delicious place to visit! I love the way you photographed it!

  2. Jenn says:

    That tray of matcha food looks delicious ! What a great little shop to visit !

  3. I have never been a great fan of matcha but probably because I just new matcha tea and nothing else! Looks like such an amazing event! lucky you! x corinne

  4. Not usually a fan of matcha but I’m sure trying them in all types of way we would find something we’d like. Great photos, sounds like a fab event to be at!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  5. Bookfulblog says:

    I have always wondered about the inner secrets of teapig and I love tea! What a lovely blog!

  6. Isabel says:

    ‘cocktail consuming services’ I think you should definitely put that on a business card 😀
    This looks like a lovely event, I really have been meaning to try Matcha but I just don’t come across it at my usual shops I guess. I think I would love to try baking with it.

  7. Lola says:

    I JUST LOVE MATCHA!
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

  8. Lydia says:

    I love the photography in this; so pretty. Glad to have read this x

  9. Tracey says:

    I’ve never tried matcha, but it seems like a versatile drink with so many benefits. Those canapés looked dive.

    • Sophia says:

      It’s so much more versatile than I initially thought, once you stop thinking of it as a tea, and instead a superfood powder than can be added to anything, there’s a whole new world of possibilities xx

  10. Chelsey says:

    I haven’t heard much of this before, but oh my the good and cocktails look amazing !!

  11. Chloe says:

    Blooming love matcha! Definitely need to make my way to Harvey Nicks sometime in June.

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Dylan says:

    I would have never thought of mixing matcha with alcohol but I am definitely going to try it now. Also, the photos you included are stunning! A matcha macaroon sounds like heaven.

  13. Claire says:

    Seriously matcha is the best, I love everything matcha including the tea! They taste so delicious!
    http://www.clairebearblogs.com

  14. Matcha cocktails?!? This is everything I’m dreaming of right now! It’ll be a while before I can have cocktails again, but I hope that by then this has made its way across the Atlantic! Matcha lattes are my *favorite* pick-me-up!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

  15. I really like matcha but it has to be masked in juice and in foods as well. Just with water its awful!! Haha! Awesome post, so well detailed. x

    http://www.susanalopessnarey.com/check-susy-ootd-tobi/

  16. Lea says:

    I’ve always known that Matcha has some really good benefits for your body but because of it’s particular taste I actually never got myself some Matcha in any kind of style. But now I think I have an idea on how I could use it!
    Lea, xx

  17. Dustin says:

    I love green tea, but I’ve never heard of Matcha. I will keep and eye out for it. Thanks for the tip!

  18. Tereza says:

    This sounds ace! I might need to join you on that matcha challenge journey. I know it’s such a good thing to drink it, I understand the benefits, I have matcha at home but man I just can’t make it taste as nice as it does in shops. I’m sure it’s just about practise but argh haha! x

  19. Claire says:

    Omg, I absolutely love matcha everything! They are so delicious & the taste makes me happy.

  20. Thank you for this article. My doctor recommands myself to avoid sugar, but when I take eco-friendly tea, it tests is so bad without sugars. Would someone please suggest me the best green tea brand?

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I'm Sophia Whitham, a Classics graduate from Kings College London embarking on a journey into marketing with Kafoodle. A keen writer, foodie and traveller I have combined my interests into this little corner of the internet to take you on a walk in my world...❤

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