Matcha fans (like me) will go cray cray at the idea of an entire cafe selling Matcha, Houjicha and Genmaicha food and drinks.
The Matcha Project X Copper Espresso is opened by the folks behind November 8 (which renamed to Five By Five, then Nook & Cranny Cafe).
This time, there are no more numbers with regards to naming. (Which means no more 4D numbers for some.)
Serving as a takeaway cafe with minimum seats (with only 2 in a corner) within The Sail @ Marina Bay, The Matcha Project features a menu of tea beverages.
Non-milk drinks include Matcha Shot ($5/$6.50), Matcha (Green Tea)/Houjicha (Roasted Japanese Green Tea)/Genmaicha (Roasted Japanese Brown Rice) Americano ($5) and milk-based drinks such as Matcha/Houjicha/Genmaicha Latte ($5.50) and Military Latte ($6).
Iced drinks are available at an additional $0.50 whereas soy milk can be added at an additional $1.
For non-matcha lovers, the menu of Copper Espresso consists of a selection of Espresso ($4.50), Latte/ Cappuccino/ Flat White ($5), Mocha ($5.50) made using coffee beans roasted by Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters.
Soy milk option and extra shots are available at additional $1 each.
As matcha lovers, we could not leave without trying all the Matcha, Houjicha and Genmaicha beverages made using tea leaves sourced directly from Uji, Kyoto.
Especially when the latter are less commonly seen in Singapore.
Among the 3 iced lattes, our favourite was the Iced Genmaicha Latte ($6) made using roasted Japanese brown rice, green tea powder and Meiji milk.
The aroma was fragrant and distinct, that it reminded us of our childhood “Wang Wang” rice crackers (are they still around nowadays?)
Uncommon in Singapore at the moment, the Genmaicha Latte had a smooth texture, distinct and yet not overwhelming taste.
While the less-common Iced Houjicha Latte ($6) made using roasted Japanese green tea powder had a nice earthly tone to it, the overall taste was slightly overpowered by the milk.
Perhaps adjusting the ratio would bring out more roasted fragrance and aroma.
Their Military Latte ($6) kept us intrigued.
The colour combination reminded us of our army dirty-looking camou-coloured uniform which was made up of Ronin Matcha Shot (Green) and Dark Chocolate (Brown) from Grounded Pleasures. The flavour of the chocolate used is “Noir” -a 52% cocoa drinking colour.
Interestingly looking, but essentially tasted funky just like… chocolate.
Again, a matter of controlling a more balanced proportion.
To fully enjoy the matcha-ness, we ordered the Premium Matcha Shot ($6.50) made using Shogun Matcha (Spring harvest) whisked with hot water.
Smooth, clean and clear with a slight bitterness after-taste, which could kept me awake for the next few hours.
Being a veteran in the food industry with their previous cafes named after numbers, we have some confidence in their project and we looked forward to their next Matcha Project – softserves.
The Matcha Project X Copper Espresso
THE SAIL @ Marina Bay, 2 Marina Boulevard, #B1-08C, Singapore 018987
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.