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tea sisters hug the tea


 HUG THE TEA is run by the two sisters: Claire & Lisa, also called ‘the Tea Sisters’. In 2015 they started HUG THE TEA and opened the first Matcha Tea Bar & Store in the Netherlands.

Of course they started to drink Japanese green tea and matcha daily and they found that it had many benefits for them. Lisa was dealing with IBS for years. Since she started to drink matcha she felt such a relief in her belly. Now she drinks it twice a day and the sympthoms are away.

Also Claire was dealing with so much pain and bloating in her belly, since she got an intestinal infection abroad. After many examinations at the hospital, it was still unclear what it was. Without knowing so much about matcha, she started drinking it and after 2-3 weeks she had no more complaints anymore!

Since then their quote is:
a matcha a day keeps the doctor away!

Since Claire and Lisa opened their Matcha Tea Bar & Store in The Hague many customers also came back with different positive experiences regarding the effect and benefits of the organic matcha. Some examples: much more energy (someone with autoimmune disease), more relaxed and less stress, more vital and many more stories with health benefits.

Get to know the Tea Sisters a little better …


Hi! I’m Claire, 29 years old. With my background in Facility Management I love to develop a new (service)concepts. For HUG THE TEA I’m General manager, focussing on PR.

I don’t drink coffee, but Matcha is a very good coffee-subsitute. I drink Matcha every day pure as a tea or Matcha Latte with oatly milk; I love this a latte! 😉  Matcha green tea powder has also many health benefits!

Also Guricha is one of my favorites. This mild green tea is naturally fruity, honey and soft in taste! Also lovely as an Iced Tea with ginger and lime. Welcome in our bar & store in the Hague to experience and taste our menu with organic teas, brunch, lunch and sweets!


Hi, my name is Lisa, 27 years old. Together with Claire, I have found HUG THE TEA and we opened the first Matcha Bar in the Netherlands in 2015. The health benefits of Matcha still fascinate me every day. I have a lot of passion for entrepreneurship and contact with different kind of customers.

Every day, I drink one Matcha teashot in the morning to start up. In the afternoon I always have a Matcha Latte with Oatly milk. I love it so matcha! It gives me energy for the day and it provides me a fit and calm feeling. My favorite tea blend is the Japanese green tea Kukicha Jasmine, a fresh green tea blend from the Sencha and Gyokuro with dried jasmine. Delicious!

I also really like the Bio Gyokuro! This high-quality green tea is wonderfully fresh and aromatic (full of umami, the 5th flavor). Also delicious as an iced tea. The less hot the water, the milder the taste!

We also regularly organize a Tea Tasting in our Matcha Bar in The Hague. Does this sound like something to you? We are always there for you!