Dear UK coffee chains,

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We need to have a little chat, coffee shops of the United Kingdom. Don’t worry it’s nothing serious, just…

I’m lamenting the fact that I have used my very last sachet of green tea latte powder I brought back with me  from Korea. Why, you ask? Because it’s not a thing in here in England.

Especially not Starbucks.

Why, coffee chains of the United Kingdom, must you deprive me of the steamed soy-milky, matcha-y goodness of a green tea latte. I’d even be prepared to pay premium prices to feed this addiction that a 13 month stint the other side of the world has given me. Honest.

I wouldn’t even moan.

Well. I wouldn’t moan much, which is a great concession on my part! I moan about everything!

Even if it’s just a seasonal drink – a red-cup christmas drink with too much whipped cream, or a summer drink with ice cubes so cold you freeze your hands – you’d make many of us with the craving for matcha ridiculously happy on a disgustingly extreme temperatured day.

So as I swirl my mug of green goodness in front of my laptop, my notes and the x-factor final, I do so with great sadness and the knowledge that if I want more to satisfy the cravings, I’ll have to wait a good few weeks, suffer through elevated prices and possible import/food charges.

Thanks for not a lot, coffee shops of the UK.


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  1. Olivia T
    December 14, 2014 / 9:15 pm

    Try a tea shop? I definitely agree though, I wish matcha was a more common drink in the UK. I try and make my own matcha at home, but it never taste as good as the ones made at the other side of the world!Olivia xBeauty from the FjordMAC Gift Card Giveaway

    • Fii Cridland
      December 14, 2014 / 9:36 pm

      I shall! I know of two that serve green tea lattes in London, but that would be a veeeeery expensive drink for me – it's so rare to find any the further north you go. Hopefully it'll creep in like bubble tea did.Do you have any recipe recommendations? I think I'm going to have to try some!Fii x

  2. jeanne christine
    December 15, 2014 / 12:09 pm

    Sounds like you're in love with that drink! Although I'm not a green tea/matcha fan, that does look good! Now I'm curious!

    • Fii Cridland
      December 15, 2014 / 2:59 pm

      I was warned before I went to South Korea that I would be addicted, since I really love green tea, and wow those people were so right. It's a bit weird, not to everyone's taste, but is definitely worth a try!

  3. Deanna Forte
    December 20, 2014 / 5:19 pm

    Matchaaa. I'm a huge fan of it. A coffee shop near my school serves mean green tea latte and it really took a dip into my wallet this semester… But how could I resist! Good luck on finding a cafe that fits your needs. x

    • Fii Cridland
      December 21, 2014 / 5:33 pm

      Oh you're really lucky! Once you have one, if you like it, you're hooked – or at least that's how it goes in my experience! Thank you! x

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