The Matcha Creme Brulee latte is torched at La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas on Monday, April 22, 2019. (Rose Baca/Staff Photographer)

The Matcha Creme Brulee latte is torched at La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas on Monday, April 22, 2019. (Rose Baca/Staff Photographer)

Rose Baca/Staff Photographer

Tea drinks are trending, and none more than matcha - a vibrant green Japanese variety. Matcha is prized for its fresh, vegetal and creamy flavor as well as its health benefits. 

At La La Land Kind Cafe, a delightful new coffee shop off of Lower Greenville, matcha drinks figure prominently among the dozens of barista-made drinks. The lineup of 14 hot and cold matcha drinks ranges from a simple mug of hot matcha - or a concentrated shot - to fanciful, flavored lattes. 

Matcha powder at La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas

Matcha powder at La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas

Rose Baca/Staff Photographer

Of the latter, we're partial to the Matcha Creme Brûlée. Made with house-made vanilla syrup and steamed milk, the drink's foamy crown is gilded with a wisp of caramelized sugar. Its dessert-like deliciousness could make you forget that matcha is good for you.

The Matcha Creme Brulee latte at La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas 

The Matcha Creme Brulee latte at La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas 

Rose Baca/Staff Photographer
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About those health benefits: Chlorophyll-rich matcha packs exponentially more antioxidants than an equal amount of brewed tea. Whereas traditional teas are made by steeping leaves in water, matcha is made by whisking the finely ground, shade-grown tea leaves - a soluble powder - with hot water. Drink a cup of matcha and you're ingesting green leaves that pack a nutritional wallop. Matcha reportedly has anti-inflammatory properties linked to disease prevention, plus it's known to promote calmness and boost metabolism. That's enough to make us want a double shot.

La La Land Kind Cafe is located off lower Greenville, at 5626 Bell Ave.

A matcha shot is mixed at La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas.

A matcha shot is mixed at La La Land Kind Cafe in Dallas.

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An iced Strawberry Fields latte with matcha, strawberry and beetroot 

An iced Strawberry Fields latte with matcha, strawberry and beetroot 

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