Matchacita, a matcha-focused café, announced their grand opening at 705 W. Belden Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Founded and co-owned by Bianca Pearson, Matchacita is a dual-branded partnership with the recently opened health-conscious eatery Squeez Juice Bar, founded by Zach Segal.
Matchacita offers a full menu of lattes, specialty drinks and pastries that provide antioxidants and the benefits of matcha.
“Matchacita, a play on ‘mamacita,’ is a brand I’ve been envisioning for a while,” said Bianca Pearson, Founder and Co-Owner of Matchacita. “I saw an opportunity to bring a fully matcha-fied menu to Chicago, where people could enjoy a delicious drink, grab a bite and snap a selfie in a one-of-a-kind café.”
Pearson, who brings more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry to Matchacita, met Segal while working at Joy District where they vowed to go into business together when the time was right. The partners knew the Squeez Lincoln Park location wa
Lattes will be offered, such as the Charcoal Matcha with activated charcoal and sprinkled with edible flower petals; Lavender Matcha; and Ginger Turmeric topped with a matcha shot. Add an espresso shot to make it “dirty” or add accessories like lucky charms, CBD oil or collagen “glitter.”
For those all about that #TeaLife, the Lavender Iced Tea will be available, swirled with lavender syrup and Yuzu Lemonade with or without matcha. Other Specialty Drinks include the Pink Latte, a blend of pitaya, strawberry syrup and choice of milk, stenciled “LIVIN LA VIDA MATCHA” on top.
On the food menu, Matcha Waffles, will be offered, decked out with seasonal fruit, cocoa nibs and drizzled with pure maple syrup. Signature dishes like Avocado Lox and Strawberry Nutella Toast, plus an array of smoothies from Pitaya to Blackberry are available to order. Look out for Dalgona Coffee and Matcha Lattes, as seen on TikTok, to be added to the menu after opening.
Matchacita is open for pickup and delivery (within a five-mile radius) Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.