More cafés are serving up the caffeinated concoctions.
Your love of matcha and your love of pizza no longer need to clash. Cheese tea—freshly brewed tea with cheese cream on top—promises to caffeinate you while also curbing cheese cravings.
Tea's earthy base pairs surprisingly well with the sweet and salty cheese mixture, said Jenny Zheng, founder of Little Fluffy Head Café, a Los Angeles shop that serves the specialty teas, in a video about her product. Think of cheese tea as flavored, milky tea drinks; they more or less consist of various teas (black, matcha, jasmine green) topped with an inch or so of a whipping cream, milk, cheese, and a pink Himalayan salt mixture.
Shops selling the beverages (which can be served iced or hot) are popping up all over—from Little Fluffy Head Café in LA to bubble tea shop Happy Lemon, which has locations in New York, San Francisco, and Boston. While this might be the first time you're hearing of the creative concoction, cheese tea isn't all that new. It's been a craze overseas, specifically in Asia, for years. Chinese tea house HEYTEA, for example, has been making the drink since 2012 and the drink is thought to have origins dating back to 2010 in Taiwanese food stalls.
Without hard nutrition facts, it's hard to know for sure how this drink stacks up to other popular coffee and tea drinks. Of course, tea has been linked with everything from stress relief to heart health. But Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet, notes that cream, cheese, and milk naturally pack on the calories. (For what it's worth, dairy also provides a dose of calcium, which is beneficial for your bones.)
Nutrition will also (of course) depend on what you order. Little Fluffy Head, for one, serves up both drool-worthy dessert-like drinks with Oreo toppings and ones featuring classic black tea.