You know we love coffee. In fact, it’s right there in our name! However, coffee isn’t the only hot beverage that holds a special place in our hearts.
Did you know you don’t need espresso to make a latte? You can make the beloved beverage with tea! And one of the most popular varieties is matcha.
This latte is a perfect option for non-coffee drinkers, but even established java lovers should try this beverage.
Plus, this drink is caffeinated, so if you’re someone who relies on a cup of joe to kick you into high gear every morning, this tea latte can be a nice change of pace.
What is Matcha?
Where Does Matcha Come From?
Matcha is a powder made from Japanese green tea leaves. Known for its bright green color, matcha green tea powder is packed with antioxidants that are good for lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease, and boosting your metabolism.
It has a slightly bitter flavor and is sometimes described as tasting grassy or vegetal.
How is Matcha Prepared?
Matcha packs a punch in flavor and health benefits because you consume the entire leaf. It is ground into a fine powder and dissolved into your water or milk.
You can enjoy matcha tea on its own (made with just green tea powder and hot water), add a sweetener like honey or maple syrup, or mix it with frothy, steamed milk to make a latte.
Matcha and Caffeine
Matcha powder contains more caffeine per gram than coffee and most regular green teas.
The caffeine level of each cup will vary based on how it’s prepared. Depending on the concentration, a cup of matcha could have more or less caffeine than the average cup of coffee.
Why Try Matcha?
There are quite a few reasons why we think you’ll love matcha, and the first is that multiple studies have suggested that it may help prevent certain cancers.
Micronutrients called polyphenols are found in tea, and these polyphenols have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumor cells.
Matcha is also quite calming and is known for improving focus and concentration.
Matcha is grown in the shade, which increases its levels of the amino acid theanine. Theanine has a stress-reducing effect, so a matcha latte is a foolproof recipe for zen!
Depending on who you ask, matcha is divided into two or three grades based on quality and the purpose it’s best suited for.
Grade designations are completely up to the brand, so you’ll want to do your research to make sure you can trust the product you’re buying.
Ceremonial-grade matcha powder is typically regarded as the best for drinking, so that’s what we would recommend using for your latte.
How To Make a Matcha Latte
An easy recipe that brings you all the health benefits of green tea in a creamy latte.
- 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
- Bamboo matcha whisk
- 3 teaspoons of honey
- 1 cup of milk
- Strainer or sifter
THE Matcha Latte Recipe:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Start by pouring one cup of milk into your saucepan and heating it on a medium setting.
We recommend using 2-percent milk, but if you’re one of our vegan or lactose-intolerant readers, try using coconut or almond milk to make your matcha latte; the result will be just as creamy and delicious.
Use a sifter or strainer to sift a teaspoon of matcha powder into your mug, and slowly add the hot milk to the powder.
Whisk until smooth. The best and most traditional method requires a small bamboo whisk. However, if you don’t have one handy, you can use a milk frother or regular whisk to combine the two.
Add three teaspoons of honey (more or less, depending on your preferences) to your latte.
This step is optional, but the taste of unsweetened matcha isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea. If you’re not a fan of honey, try using maple syrup as a sweetener instead.
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And there you have it, a delicious matcha green tea latte! This uber-healthy latte makes a perfect treat on a cool morning.
On a warm afternoon, try an iced latte!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is in a Starbucks Matcha Latte?
Starbucks makes its matcha latte with pre-sweetened matcha powder. Try sweetening yours with sugar to emulate the flavor.
Are matcha lattes good for you?
The high antioxidant level in matcha is believed to have many health benefits. Matcha contains caffeine, so anyone sensitive to caffeine should use caution.
Is there coffee in a matcha latte?
There is no coffee or espresso in a matcha latte, but it is still caffeinated.
Is there sugar in a matcha latte?
Most people will want to sweeten their matcha latte. While coffee shop versions can be loaded with tons of sugar, you can start with a small amount when you make your own and adjust it to your liking.
What is the best milk for a matcha latte?
You can use your milk of choice in your latte. Types of milk with higher fat content, like whole milk, will froth the best. Plant milk will lose its bubbles more quickly than cow’s milk.
Is it ok to drink matcha every day?
Yes, you can drink a refreshing matcha latte every day. Just be aware of the caffeine content and drink it in moderation.
- 1 teaspoon green tea matcha powder
- 3 teaspoons honey
- 1 cup of 2% milk
- Heat milk in a saucepan on medium heat.
- Add matcha powder and hot milk into a mug.
- Whisk until smooth.
- Stir in honey to taste.