If you’re new to matcha, have we got a treat for you. This East Asian staple has come into the mainstream for good reason. This finely ground green tea leaf powder has an amazing amount of anti-inflammatory properties, and just one cup has 10 times the antioxidants of a normal brewed green tea. Not only is this trendy treat good for you, but the earthy flavor of matcha mixed with just about any type of milk is delicious. Iced, hot, over lemonade, and so on — the following list showcases some of the best matcha in Tucson, whether you’re a connoisseur of this magical green powder or just getting to know it.
20 E Congress St #110, Tucson, AZ 85701
HeeMee Coffee + Bakery serves Japanese- and Korean-style baked goods and delicious savory lunch options. Their drink menu will have you vacillating between options, but trust us on this one: Their matcha latte is amazing and can be ordered iced or hot! Pair that baby with a strawberry pistachio cookie and you’re good to go.
4726 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711
NI HAO TEA has some of the most well-made matcha in town. With two locations in Tucson and a brand new Chandler location, you should stop by this amazing premium boba tea store. Their drinks are made with care and high-quality ingredients. Their match is ceremonial-grade and lends its flavor to three matcha drinks on their menu. These include a matcha latte made with lactose-free whole milk, or oat milk if you’d prefer, a traditional matcha tea without milk, and their very popular strawberry matcha which includes strawberry syrup and makes for an Insta-worthy pic. They look good, they taste good, and their quality is high. Run, don’t walk, to Ni Hao now!
210 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701
If you think Cartel Roasting Co. only has coffee, you might want to check their menu and see the delectable matcha drinks they have as well. Their honey lavender matcha latte is made with organic lavender syrup, honey, and your choice of milk. This one is seasonal so go before it’s gone! They also have a traditional matcha latte that is made with organic vanilla syrup, and you can get this one year-round — hot or cold.
943 E University Blvd #165, Tucson, AZ 85719
At Scented Leaf Tea and Coffeehouse you can order tea on tap, freshly steeped tea, and Nitro Matcha! They use organic matcha and these can be ordered in latte form with your choice of milk for extra creaminess. They’re delicious, provide a kick of caffeine, and can be found at both their University and Congress locations.
4300 N Campbell Ave #24, Tucson, AZ 85718
If you’re looking for a cool breakfast/brunch spot that has delicious drinks and food, look no further! Their matcha lattes are great iced or hot. They can be made sweetened or unsweetened, depending on your palate. You can also order a matcha lemonade here that is super refreshing for these hot months. Enjoy!
1800 E Fort Lowell Rd #140, Tucson, AZ 85719
At Chatime you can kick back and play board games (they have a ton to enjoy), eat macarons and other desserts, and enjoy some tea or coffee in a laid-back environment. Their matcha milk tea can be sweetened to your satisfaction with sugar levels ranging from 0% to 100%. Not only can you customize your sweetness level, but you can also add toppings like boba, grass jelly, pudding, and more. We recommend their Matcha Milk Tea with traditional pearls (boba).
2510 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719
From milk teas to slushes, snows (think fluffy, creamy, shaved ice), and more, Bing’s Boba Tea is a popular spot in Tucson for all of the above. With two locations, you can choose from their more central Campbell location to the northwest Orange Grove location. Be sure to order the matcha milk tea! It’s more of a dessert drink, but if you have a sweet tooth, this drink and shop will be just right for you!