About the food:
There are very few places in Manila where one can find good quality whole leaf teas, especially Matcha Green Tea. Kozui is one of those places. Unlike the usual teas that are packed in tea-bags, Matcha green tea comes in a powder form. Hence, both the powdered leaves and the tea are consumed.
Currently, there is mixed opinion as to whether consuming both the leaves and the tea is better as opposed to just drinking the brewed tea. In both cases however, green tea is a very healthy beverage. Bottled or powdered commercial teas are not healthy because they contain a high amount of sugar to make it sweet.
Aside from offering whole leaf teas, Kozui offers other japanese treats, such as takoyaki balls and desserts such as anmitsu (see above and below pic). The ice cream is made out of real green tea and tastes more like it.
Green tea is packed with tons of antioxidants which are good for the body. Furthermore, it has lower caffeine content as opposed to coffee or black tea. However, just like any food taken in excess, there are side effects and restrictions. For one, it should not be consumed by growing children and by breastfeeding/pregnant women. If you are allergic to tea, then you must not drink it naturally.
Where to buy:
Kozui can be found in Tomas Morato (see website for details). It is best to come in early or during non-peak periods due to limited parking space.
to know more about the side effects of green tea http://www.amazing-green-tea.com/green-tea-side-effects.html
the website of Kozui ( not much content yet) - http://kozui.com/