Chanoma rebranded itself in mid-2017 to Oh! Matcha by Chanoma. I don’t know the reasons behind the name change — perhaps they wanted a stronger focus on matcha that the ‘cha’ didn’t sufficiently convey? — but it’ll remain Chanoma in my mind for now: ‘Chanoma’ is a brand, ‘Oh! Matcha’ is a tagline.
In with the launch of their new name, they answered my prayers with hojicha flavoured products! It was always a gap in their menu that I lamented, but now the menu is graced with items like hot hojicha latte, iced hojicha latte, hojicha frappe, hojicha float and of course, hojicha soft serve –
The Hojicha Latte Soft Serve ($3.90) is everything you imagined it to be. It is perfectly sweetened to give a creamy soft serve bright with the flavour of roasted green tea. Imagine a good hojicha latte as soft serve.
This is the Hojicha Float ($5.90). It’s an iced hojicha latte with hojicha soft serve and shiratama dango.
The iced hojicha latte is not sweetened much and it seems that when hojicha is paired with milk in drinks or cakes without being sweetened sufficiently, it takes on a strange flavour association. More precisely — and in all seriousness — the earthy flavour reminds of dog biscuits (an association first encountered with a hojicha chiffon cake at Cre Asion). Mixed with the soft serve, though, the sweetness of the latte is more balanced and the flavour becomes a more enjoyable hojicha.
And finally, this is the Hojicha Frappe. It’s a frozen hojicha latte with shiratama dango, whipped cream and a dusting of hojicha powder. The frappe has a strong hojicha flavour much like the latte, but had the same issue with its earthy flavour and without the soft serve to counter.
I adore all things hojicha flavoured and am delighted at its arrival at Chanoma, but the more vegetal notes of the matcha latte make it the more refreshing beverage after a big meal.
Chanoma Cafe is located at Shop 1, Regent Place Arcade, 501 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000.