(SPOT.ph) It's not just us, right? It feels like there are more matcha fans now than there were, let's say, 10 years ago. People are becoming more discerning of the drink, too. Maybe we can chalk it up to more people vacationing in Japan where matcha is common, or maybe it's because people needed the calming characteristics of the tea because of stress. Whatever the reason, we're not complaining. As more people are becoming matcha fans, more cafés are serving it—and better versions of the drink at that.
Such is the case with Exchange Alley Coffee House—EACH for short—in Molito, Alabang, as their menu was recently expanded into having three matcha-based drinks. After what felt like forever and a day, the South crowd now has a new go-to place for tea-lightful matcha beverages.
Check out the new matcha drinks at Exchange Alley Coffee House in Molito, Alabang:
Jonathan Choi, owner of EACH, shares with SPOT.ph that this wasn't his first rodeo with matcha. He first started his matcha journey when he was managing his other café, Magnum Opus in BF Homes, which has since then closed. Given his experience and knowledge of this green tea, he admits there was still this hesitance to add it to EACH's menu.
"There was just a bit of resistance for a while, like, should we bring matcha here? Because we were whisking it to order, here we realized that the volume of people couldn't support that. We didn't want to put everything in a blender. But technology has come quite a ways since then, and there are now automated frothers that still allow us to get the texture we want," he says.
Thanks to such innovations, three new matcha beverages were created and are now permanent items on EACH's menu. After almost eight years, since the café's opening back in 2016, EACH's first matcha-based beverages are Matcha Latte (P220), White Matcha (P240), and Spro Matcha (P220) which all use matcha sourced from the Aichi Prefecture.
The way they used the matcha for their Matcha Latte yields a sweeter, creamier drink, without completely masking the earthiness of the matcha. You can either have it iced or hot. The only difference is that when consumed hot, there's more froth to it as opposed to the iced version that doesn't have it.
Note: If you aren't into sweet matcha, you can always ask the barista to hold off on the sweetener.
As for EACH's White Matcha, it would be best to toss your temperature preferences aside. We've tried both an iced and hot White Matcha and found that the hot version is 100% better than the iced version. The white chocolate used for this beverage was made by pulverizing white chocolate couverture, hence the heat of the drink further melts the chocolate, making the white chocolate notes pronounced.
If you've ever had dirty matcha (a.k.a. espresso + matcha) from other cafés before, EACH's Spro Matcha will come as a pleasant surprise. Other cafés tend to eff up the matcha-coffee ratio but since EACH only uses one espresso shot for the drink, it creates a milder, more harmonious relationship between the two core ingredients.
Before the first three matcha drinks, EACH has always had a matcha dessert on the menu. Unbeknownst to most—even the Southies—the café also has a matcha-flavored hard shell that's drizzled all over a swirl of their signature soft serve. You can eat it on its own or you can even have it affogato-style and order it with a shot of espresso to pour over the dessert.
Exchange Alley Coffee House is at Molito Lifestyle Center, Madrigal Avenue, corner Commerce Ave, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City. For more information, check out Exchange Alley Coffee House's Facebook page.