There's nothing like a perfect iced matcha latte on a warm day-- creamy and refreshing, with the gently bittersweet flavor of matcha shining through. I've been sipping them all over Portland this summer and found three truly great versions.
Here's my cheat sheet to make the most of those last iced matcha lattes of the season:
Tea Bar's Matcha Shake. At Tea Bar, they hand-whisk their matcha and then shake it with milk and ice to make a deliciously frothy drink. The matcha flavor is mellow, mostly sweet and nutty, with just a hint of pleasant bitterness. Bonus: You can add perfectly squishy boba and complementary flavors like lavender and mint. You heard that right-- lavender iced matcha with boba. So good. 1615 NE Killingsworth Street
Behind the Museum Cafe's Iced Matcha Latte. Behind the Museum Cafe is a bit of a hidden gem in downtown Portland. It is in fact located behind the art museum, and the gallery feel carries over to the cafe. The iced matcha latte here is simple and perfectly balanced-- the creamy, sweet, nutty and bitter flavors all get the chance to sing. Bonus: The omanju, a rotating selection of japanese sweets, to pair with your matcha. 1229 SW 10th Avenue
Smith Teamaker's Iced Matcha Latte. At Smith Teamaker, they make an iced latte for matcha lovers. You can tell just by looking. The intense matcha green color they pride themselves on is a dead giveaway. While this latte definitely has a matcha kick, it never strays into too bitter territory. And if you're looking for something mellower, they're always happy to tone it down a bit. But I say, go for it. Bonus: This is a great place to pick up gifts for other tea lovers (or yourself), like modern teapots and cups, not to mention their own beautifully boxed teas. 1626 NW Thurman Street
Happy long Labor Day weekend!