I’m thrilled to share a little interview and some images from one of my favorite cafés in Copenhagen, Matcha Bar.With an emerging health food scene in Copenhagen, Michael Kristensen opened Matcha Bar in the Fall of 2015 as a way to share his passion for health and nutrition with the city. After a trip to California in 2013, he fell in love with matcha tea as an addition to a wellness lifestyle (we're all about that here on IMC!) He returned to Copenhagen only to be disappointed that it wasn't super available. He decided to make matcha his business. But the greatest challenge? Getting Danish people to try matcha. So what did he do? He created Matcha Bar—an uber trendy spot to grab healthy beverages and treats all centered around the antioxidant rich green powder. The interior is to die for, featuring Menu furniture, dreamy plants and classic Scandinavian touches. During my winter stay in Copenhagen, I spent a lot of time at Matcha Bar. I really, really love it. I also adore the fact that Michael makes his own cashew milk for the best damn matcha latte I’ve ever had. I asked Michael a few question about his business, inspiration and all the deets on Matcha Bar.
What inspired you to open matcha bar?
I have a great passion for health and nutrition. When I went to California in the Spring of 2013, I went to this cafe and they had a lot of matcha drinks. I said, okay, matcha, what is that? I’ll order something. I tried it and I loved it. So I started replacing matcha for coffee. And I loved how it made me feel. When I got back to Copenhagen, I couldn’t find any places serving matcha. So the idea of matcha bar was born.
How long have you been open?
We opened on the 31st of October 2015. So we are brand new. Although I was selling matcha to businesses all around town long before that. And people have been quite excited about matcha bar; especially the locals in Vesterbrø . It’s very exciting to have a healthier option in the neighborhood.
What is the best part about your job?
Freedom from not having a traditional job. I have an opportunity to work with my hobbies and interests and passion everyday and to share matcha with people. Everyday I’m not going to work, I’m just going to live out my hobby and interest. I can actually educate customers as well. That’s the most important thing. I can show them, tell them, and teach them so when they head out the door, they really understand what matcha is and how to use it.
Do you have a mission greater than matcha bar?
I want to help improve the general health in Denmark. Education is very important. You know, educating people on how they can improve their health. Why they should drink matcha over coffee. It’s a gateway to a greater conversation around health and nutrition.
The space is beautiful—what inspired the design?
My world is black and white. I actually don’t like colors so much. If you go to my home it’s also minimalistic. So matcha bar is very much a reflection of who I am as a person and how I see the world. This is my vision come to life. The idea is that it is kind of a showroom. This space was designed in collaboration with Danish home goods brand Menu.