DIY Matcha Latte: How To Make This Delicious Healthy Coffee
So often in life, the least healthy things are also the most delicious. Most of the time, anyway. But today, this homemade matcha latte recipe is the exception.
Earthy, sweet, vibrantly green, and creamy, this homemade matcha latte recipe is the perfect way to indulge and protect your health. Keep reading for our homemade matcha latte recipe.
Matcha Latte Ingredients
- 1 tbsp hot water (heated to 180-185 F)
- 1 1-½ tsp premium culinary-grade matcha green tea powder
- 2 tsp maple syrup or honey
- ¾ cups whole milk, coconut milk, or almond milk
At a Glance
You’ll also need:
- Bamboo matcha whisk
- 16-oz mug
- Milk frother or French press
- Tea sifter, optional
How to Make a Matcha Latte
The matcha latte is a popular and refreshing beverage that combines the vibrant green tea flavor of matcha with smooth and creamy milk. It is one of the most popular Starbucks latte drinks around the world.
The matcha latte has appeared a few times in Home Grounds’ roundup of the best Starbucks drinks and Dunkin’ drinks. Whether it’s a Starbucks iced matcha latte or a hot matcha latte, these matcha green tea drinks are popular alternatives to coffee.
This coffee alternative contain less caffeine than coffee. This makes the drink great for a mild afternoon pick-me-up without the jitters.
Whether you like your matcha green tea hot or as an Iced matcha latte, it’s always important to start off with high-quality ingredients.
What Is Matcha?
Matcha green tea powder is made by grinding processed green tea leaves into a fine powder. But contrary to popular belief, there is a difference between regular green tea and matcha.
Unlike regular green tea leaves, tea leaves used for matcha are shade-grown to increase their chlorophyll levels, which gives matcha powder its characteristic bright-green color. Also, while green tea leaves are harvested by machinery, matcha is harvested by hand and ground by stone (1).
As with shade-grown coffee beans, matcha tea leaves are also sweeter and richer in flavor than their conventional green tea counterparts. Likewise, matcha also comes in several different grades.
Grades of Matcha Powder
There are two major grades of matcha powder: ceremonial-grade matcha and culinary-grade matcha. Its color and texture set apart a good quality matcha powder from a high-quality matcha powder (2). In short, because ceremonial-grade matcha is made with the youngest ground green tea leaves, it will be the mildest and cleanest flavor.
Ceremonial Grade Matcha
Ceremonial-grade matcha green tea powder uses the least mature green tea leaves. Moreover, all the stems and veins are removed, leaving only the greenest parts of the plant.
Because ceremonial-grade matcha is made with just the blades of the tea leaves, This refined matcha yields a vivid green cup, a clean-tasting and sweet cup.
Culinary Grade Matcha
There are five main classifications of culinary-grade matcha:
While you can enjoy culinary-grade matcha as a stand-alone drink, you’ll immediately notice that it’s a bit more bitter and astringent when compared to ceremonial-grade matcha.
This is because of how it’s processed. While ceremonial-grade matcha green tea powder exclusively uses young tea leaves, culinary-grade matcha blends more mature tea leaves, stems, and veins into the matcha mixture. So, it produces a less vivid green color and a slightly more astringent taste.
But this astringency isn’t all bad. This added robustness allows the matcha to stand up to heavier flavors and textures — like the creamy milk in the matcha latte we’ll be making today.
Tools of the Trade
Though it’s tempting to buy ceremonial-grade matcha powder for this latte, it’s not necessary. Because it’s the mildest of all the matches, you won’t even taste it over the creaminess of the milk. Here, you can save a little money by going with the premium culinary-grade matcha or the cafe culinary-grade green tea powder.
While the ingredient, kitchen, and classic grades of culinary matcha are fine for baking and other green tea desserts, their more pronounced astringency can leave a harsh bitterness that isn’t always pleasant on the palate.
Finally, if you can get a hold of it, a matcha whisk — also known as a chasen — is the best tool for incorporating the fine powder into your hot water (3).
The chasen has many more tines than a regular whisk and is specifically designed to whip the suspended matcha powder into a thick froth quickly. These extra tines also lessen the chances that the green tea powder will clump together in your mug.
How To Make Matcha Latte At Home (Our Way)
We first started by comparing ceremonial and culinary matcha grades for a DIY matcha latte. You do this by mixing each teaspoon into a tablespoon of 180-degree Fahrenheit water. Once whisked, we added 6 ounces of milk, and heated to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the ceremonial grade matcha produced a drink with a clean, sweet flavor, it didn’t cut through the fat in the whole milk.
Next, we experimented with maple syrup and honey. Two teaspoons of sweetener added some depth to the drink without making it cloyingly sweet.
While we prefer to keep it simple, you can add different flavored syrups to this hot matcha latte. To keep the matcha the star of the show, be sure not to exceed two teaspoons of syrup per 16 fluid ounces.
And with that, let’s make a Starbucks Matcha Latte copycat.
Step 1: Measure and Sift the Matcha Powder
Sift 1-½ teaspoons of fine matcha powder into the bottom of a 16-ounce mug. Gently tap the mug to ensure the matcha is evenly distributed across the cup’s bottom.
Step 2: Brew and Whisk the Green Tea Powder
Next, add one tablespoon of 180-degree Fahrenheit water into the mug and incorporate it with a bamboo matcha whisk. Whisking in a W pattern across the bottom of your mug will help to produce the frothy matcha foam you’re looking for.
Pro Tip: While it’s not traditional if you don’t have a chasen bamboo whisk, mix and “whisk” your matcha mixture in a French press. The mesh screen will act as a whisk and sieve, preventing clumps and producing a smooth froth.
Step 3: Froth the Milk
Once your matcha mixture is well-incorporated, use a milk frother, a steam wand, or a clean French press to froth the milk.
Though we’ve used whole milk in this recipe, feel free to substitute it with unsweetened almond, coconut, or oat milk.
Pro Tip: Out of all the non-dairy alternatives we’ve tried, oat milk will give you the creamiest froth and texture.
Step 4: Assemble the Matcha Latte
Tap out the larger bubbles in the frothed milk and gently pour it over your matcha mixture. At this point, you’re done.
If you’d like, feel free to garnish your drink with coconut sugar, an extra drizzle of maple syrup, or vanilla syrup.
Matcha Latte Variations
This matcha latte is delicious, iced, or hot. To keep the robustness of the hot matcha latte in the iced version of this drink, brew some extra matcha ahead of time following steps 1 and 2 above.
Then, cool the matcha to room temperature and pour it into an ice cube tray. Chill until frozen.
Once chilled, add these matcha ice cubes to your iced matcha latte.
Lastly, feel free to experiment by adding different extracts, like vanilla extract, into your matcha mixture before pouring the frothed milk.
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Matcha lattes are a deliciously healthy way to incorporate antioxidants into your day. Earthy, sweet, rich, and frothy, this matcha latte is best enjoyed with a mild dessert, like an almond financier.
So, how about you? Did you make this latte? What’s your favorite way to enjoy matcha green tea?
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Matcha has many health benefits, including antioxidant and cognition-enhancing properties (4). While it contains less than half the amount of caffeine as a coffee per serving, it still contains enough to boost your cognition and mood. Moreover, matcha powder has more antioxidants than green tea leaves brewed in water because the entire leaf is being used.
Matcha lattes are relatively healthy. Because they contain only two teaspoons of sugar, no excess calories are added due to chocolate syrups or whipped cream. To eliminate even more sugar, substitute the maple syrup in this recipe for a sugar alternative, like monk fruit.
You can use a flour sifter to make this matcha latte without a tea sifter. However, if you also have a matcha whisk, then you may be able to get away without sifting altogether.
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