Can Emma Chamberlain – internet personality and founder of Chamberlain Coffee – break into the matcha space? Read on and find out in our review.
Now, we’re usually skeptical of influencer brands trying to set themselves apart in an industry as rich with history as the coffee and matcha world. But believe it or not – she’s done it – the matcha is good. That’s because they use non-GMO, A-grade ceremonial matcha made in Japan that is responsibly sourced and USDA organic.
Chamberlain Coffee Matcha Green Tea Powder
Typical matcha brands offer different grades, with or without sweetener, collagen, etc. – but what stood out to us is that Chamberlain Coffee offers flavored matcha in the options of vanilla and mango. Unfortunately, they were so popular that they sold out before we could try them for ourselves, but we will be waiting with eager anticipation for their return.
- Nice, vibrant green color
- Fun, Gen-Z-forward branding packaging
- Offers flavored options – vanilla and mango
- Not a true ceremonial grade
- Pricier option at $22
- Not a lot of transparency about the growing process
We were honestly taken aback by how good the matcha was. It was on the sweeter side, but combined with its slight bitterness and rich, umami flavor, we continued to enjoy the complexity of the ceremonial matcha with each sip.
Although we initially tried it with just hot water, we read several reviews to mix it with milk and we agree that it tasted much better that way. You can enjoy it both hot and iced as well as prepared with a chasen or frother. There is no right way to matcha according to Chamberlain Coffee.
Color and Grind
The color was a bright green – although slightly yellow – and the consistency was on more of the rougher side. We would recommend putting the matcha through a sifter for a smoother texture.
On the back of the tin, it says Chamberlain Coffee’s Matcha is stone-ground from premium Japanese tencha leaves. This means the leaves have been properly shade-grown for 20-30 days, allowing the leaves to concentrate ample amounts of the sweet amino acid L-theanine.
The Bottom Line
Although Chamberlain Coffee’s matcha shifts away from traditional matcha brands, we have to admit it’s quite refreshing.
Not only does the packaging and brand presence appeal to Gen Z – an up-and-coming consumer market – it also brings more awareness to matcha in general. By coupling her successful coffee brand with less-caffeinated options like matcha and hot chocolate, Chamberlain is appealing to all different beverage drinkers without sacrificing quality.
Would we classify it as premium ceremonial matcha? No. We would say this is more along the lines of an Encha Latte Grade (although Encha is better). However, the matcha is rich, enjoyable to drink and one we’ll continue to go back to.
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- Encha Ceremonial Grade Matcha
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- First Harvest Matcha - Vibrant green color
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- Tenzo Organic Ceremonial Matcha Green Tea Powder
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- Pique Matcha - Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder
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- Kenko Matcha Organic Ceremonial Matcha
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How do I prepare Chamberlain Coffee Matcha?
To prepare Chamberlain Coffee Matcha, start by sifting 1 teaspoon of the matcha powder into a bowl. Add approximately 2 ounces of hot water (not boiling) and whisk vigorously until the matcha is fully dissolved and a frothy layer forms on top. Then, add 6 ounces of hot or steamed milk and whisk again until well combined. Sweeten to taste, if desired.
Can Chamberlain Coffee Matcha be enjoyed in alternative recipes?
Absolutely! While matcha lattes are a popular way to enjoy Chamberlain Coffee Matcha, you can also incorporate it into various recipes. It can be used in baking, smoothies, desserts, and even savory dishes. Experimenting with different recipes allows you to explore the versatility of Chamberlain Matcha and discover new ways to savor its delightful flavor. Check out some of our favorite matcha recipes here!
How does the price of Chamberlain Coffee Matcha compare to other matcha options?
The price of Chamberlain Coffee Matcha may vary depending on the specific product and quantity purchased. It is positioned as a premium-grade matcha (although we believe it isn't a true ceremonial grade), which might be reflected in its pricing. Comparing it to other matcha options allows you to evaluate its value proposition and determine if the quality and experience it offers align with your budget and preferences. Chamberlain matcha is sold in 1oz tin cans at $22, compare this to one of our top matcha picks, such as Encha ($25 per 1oz), or Tenzo ($23 per 1oz), and Chamberlain matcha is actually priced quite well. However, as mentioned earlier, we do not believe that Chamberlain matcha is as premium as our favorite ceremonial matcha powders, therefore, the overall value is lower.