NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Matcha comes primarily from the Kyoto region of Japan. People there have been sipping matcha tea for centuries. Now it's crossed the pacific and is taking the United States by storm.
The green tea leaves are harvested and ground into a powder that's turning up in everything from vodka drinks to sweets.
Bibble and Sip is always packed. Matcha isn't in everything but it crops up a lot. The matcha latte is a brisk seller but it's the matcha cream puff that's really the star of the show. Bibble and Sip sells about 1,700 of these a day.
I noticed a couple who were splitting one. They're visiting from Orlando and said they found tons of great reviews online. In almost every one, someone mentioned the cream puff.
When it came time for me to try the cream puff, I was going to take a fork to it. But then quickly told that's not the best way to east it.
Now we're headed to MatchaBar in Williamsburg. It was the first matcha cafe to open in the in the U.S. If you're mad for matcha, this is the place to be. Doughnut holes, macaroons -- match is the common thread. But here the most popular item is the watermelon basil matcha drink.
Matcha is high in antioxidants and has something in it called L-Theanine. It's a natural calming agent that results in focused energy.
Co-owner Max Fortgang thinks the cafe is turning matcha into a household name.