June 01, 2016 2 min read

Elsa Brobbey- The Whinery

June is here and at Kenko Tea we have a special guest for this month’s Kenko Chat.

Elsa is a food and travel blogger as well as a huge matcha fan from Vancouver, Canada. She has lived in many places around the world and had many interesting adventures, fuelling a love of writing and keeping journals about her culinary exploration of plant-based foods.

Her blog has become the place where she can share her plant-based recipes, travel, coffee culture, style, photography and many aspects of her life.

Elsa is going to share with us her story of becoming a blogger, how she became a matcha fan, and one of her favorite matcha recipes. Let’s meet Elsa from The Whinery.

*All photos are provided & courtesy ofThe Whinery


- Can you tell us about yourself and your blog?

Elsa Brobbey- blogger from The Whinery

My name is Elsa Brobbey and I live in beautiful British Columbia where I blog over at The Whinery. My blog is basically an adventure journal exploring vibrant and nourishing plant-based foods.

- What inspired you to become a food blogger?

I’ve always had a passion for writing and I’ve kept journals all my life. Food came later when I embarked on a quest to learn about making foods I liked; and that sort of intertwined with my writing. My blog became a place to share my culinary adventures as well as the things that interest me in life, which I hope my readers enjoy.

- How did you first hear about matcha? How do you like it?

I love matcha! I first ate it in a slice of matcha fruit cake from a nearby bakery, which was the most amazing thing I’d ever tasted!

Then I attended a tea ceremony and fell in the love with the rich earthy vegetal flavour – and the slight sweet and bitter taste.

- How are you using matcha in your recipes?

Matcha Green Banana Bread - Elsa @elsbro

I love matcha lattes. Matcha works beautifully in desserts, as it adds a depth of rich delicate flavour, and a lovely vibrant colour. I use it in cookies, cakes, breakfast cereals, pancakes and waffles, and of course, I drink it too!

Matcha sunflower seeds cookies by Elsa from The Whinery  Matcha Green Tea Muffins from The Whinery

- What’s your favourite matcha recipe(s)?

One of my favourite ways to enjoy matcha is in my coconut flour cereal. I mix matcha in some milk and pour it over my coconut flour porridge. It’s a simple, delicious and filling breakfast. You can find the recipe here.

Breakfast Coconut Flour Porridge mixed with Matcha Latte

- Is there a favourite place(s) where you go for matcha?

I enjoy spending time in coffee shops, and there are a few shops in my city, Vancouver, that make great matcha lattes and pastries.

Thank you Elsa for the lovely chat and the recipe! It’s great to hear your story. We look forward to hearing more about your great adventures and recipes in the future.


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