Did you know you don’t need espresso to make a latte? Yep, that’s right. You can make the beloved beverage with tea, and one of the most popular varieties to use is matcha.
We know what you’re thinking, dear Roasty reader: this is a coffee website, so why are we telling you about tea? We know not everyone loves coffee as much as we do, so we thought it helpful to include a latte our non-coffee drinkers could enjoy. 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?
Maybe you’ve seen the word printed on a coffee shop menu or two, but you’ve never actually taken the time to ask what it actually is.
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.
Enjoy matcha tea on its own (made with just green tea powder and hot water), add a sweetener like honey or maple syrup, or with frothy, steamed milk in a latte.
As far as caffeine is concerned, matcha does contain caffeine, but not as much as a cup of coffee, so this drink will leave you energized without the jittery buzz a coffee drink may bring.
WHY TRY MATCHA?
There are quite a few reasons why we think you’ll love matcha, and the first is that multiple studies have shown that it protects against certain cancers. No, a matcha latte isn’t some sort of miracle cure, but the green tea drink is protective against prostate, breast, colon, and rectal, skin, and lung cancers.
Matcha is also quite calming and is known for improving focus and concentration. This green tea is shade-grown, which means it has a higher L-theanine (the amino acid that puts you in a meditative state) content than other teas, so a matcha latte is a foolproof recipe for zen!
HOW TO MAKE A MATCHA LATTE
- 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
- Bamboo matcha whisk
- 3 teaspoons of honey
- 1 cup of milk
- Strainer or sifter
Start by pouring one cup of milk into your saucepan and heating it on a medium temperature 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 matcha lattes; 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 to combine the two.
Add 3 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. And if you’re not a fan of honey, try using maple syrup as a sweetener instead.
And there you have it, a delicious matcha green tea latte! This uber-healthy latte makes a perfect treat on a cool morning, and on a warm afternoon, try it over ice!
- 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.