Matcha, the vibrant green powder milled from whole green tea leaves, is more than just a trendy beverage.
It’s a rich source of antioxidants, L-theanine (an amino acid promoting relaxation and focus), and a delightful way to start your day or enjoy a calming afternoon treat.
This matcha latte recipe is simple to prepare, customizable to your taste, and sure to become your new favorite healthy indulgence.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy to make: With just a few ingredients and minimal equipment, you can craft a barista-worthy matcha latte in minutes, right at home.
- Customizable: Adjust the sweetness and milk froth to your liking, or experiment with different milk alternatives like almond or oat milk.
- Versatile: Enjoy it hot or iced, plain or flavored with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup, or add a touch of spice with cinnamon or chai spices.
- Matcha powder: Choose high-quality, ceremonial-grade matcha for the best flavor and health benefits. Look for a vibrant green color and a fine, powdery texture.
- Milk: You can use whole milk, skim milk, or your preferred milk alternative. Plant-based options like almond milk or oat milk work well with matcha. I used 2% milk.
- Sweetener: Adjust the sweetness to your taste. Honey, maple syrup, or a pinch of stevia are great options.
- Water: Use filtered or spring water for the best taste.
- Sift the matcha: This helps remove any clumps and ensures a smooth latte.
- Warm the milk: Heat the milk in a small saucepan or microwave until warm but not boiling. Mix your sweetener in it, I used honey. Pour it into the french press and plunge until it doubles in volume. If you prefer your latte icy, froth the milk cold.
- Whisk the matcha: Add the sifted matcha powder to a small bowl with a splash of warm water (around 1/4 cup) and whisk vigorously until frothy.
- Combine: Pour the whisked matcha into your favorite mug. Then, slowly add the warm milk, holding back the foam with a spoon.
- Top with foam: Spoon the remaining milk foam on top of the latte.
- Enjoy! Relax and savor the deliciousness of your homemade matcha latte.
Bonus Tip: For the ultimate Instagram-worthy matcha latte, use a matcha stencil to create artistic designs on the top of your foam.
Notes & Tips
- For a stronger matcha flavor, use 1 teaspoon of matcha powder. For a milder flavor, use 1/2 teaspoon.
- You can use a manual whisk, a milk frother, or even a blender to froth the milk.
- If you don’t have a sifter, you can use a fine mesh strainer to sift the matcha powder.
- For a perfectly layered latte, pour the milk slowly over the back of a spoon to create a distinct layer of foam.
- Experiment with different flavors by adding spices like cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg. You can also add a touch of vanilla extract for a sweet twist.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
- Using low-quality matcha: This can result in a bitter or grassy flavor. Choose high-quality, ceremonial-grade matcha for the best experience. Aim for matcha powders in the $20 to $30 price range for lattes.
- Overheating the milk: Boiling the milk can destroy its delicate flavor and nutrients. Heat it until just warm and frothy.
- Not whisking the matcha properly: This will result in clumps and a less smooth latte. Whisk vigorously until frothy and smooth.
Storing and Preserving
- Store matcha powder in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. It can last for up to 6 months properly stored.
- You can store leftover matcha latte in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. However, the taste and texture may be slightly affected.
Quick Matcha LatteCourse: DrinksCuisine: Japanese
Easy matcha latte recipe to try at home!
- Heat the Water: Opt for simmered, not boiling water. If you're using an electric kettle, set it to 175°F. Using filtered water is a good call if you have it.
- Froth the Sweetened Milk: Simmer the milk on the stovetop, then pour it halfway into a French press. Work the plunger up and down until the milk doubles in volume.
- Sift and Whisk the Matcha: To avoid clumps, sift the matcha into a bowl. Whisk it vigorously in a "W" shape using a matcha whisk, steering clear of circular motions.
- Combine Frothed Milk and Whisked Matcha: Pour the frothed milk into a cup, add the whisked matcha, and, if you like, finish with a dusting of matcha powder. Give it a good stir before enjoying.
- Look for a vibrant green shade in your matcha; the brighter, the better. Invest in matcha within the - range for quality lattes.
- Sift and whisk your matcha to avoid clumps; a mesh strainer comes in handy for sifting.
- A touch of sweetness in your matcha latte balances any bitterness.
- If a bamboo whisk is missing, shake warm water and matcha vigorously in a cocktail shaker or a jar with a tight lid for about 30 seconds.
- The rich froth, achieved using the French press method, is the secret behind the premium feel of coffee shop matcha lattes.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is a bamboo whisk essential for preparing a matcha latte?
While a bamboo whisk (chasen) is the traditional tool for whisking matcha, it’s not absolutely necessary. For a smooth and clump-free latte, you can substitute with a:
- Cocktail shaker: Add warm water and matcha powder to the shaker, close tightly, and shake vigorously until no lumps remain.
- Jar with a tight lid: Follow the same method as with a shaker.
- Small whisk: This can be a hand whisk or even a milk frother whisk.
Does matcha contain caffeine?
Yes, matcha does contain caffeine.
However, the combination of caffeine and L-theanine, an amino acid found in matcha, provides a sustained energy boost without the jitters and crashes associated with coffee.
This makes matcha a desirable choice for those seeking a calmer, more focused energy boost.
What are the best methods for frothing milk for a matcha latte?
There are several ways to achieve cafe-quality froth for your matcha latte:
- Electric milk frother: This convenient option heats and froths milk simultaneously, simplifying the process.
- French Press: Heat milk on the stovetop until simmering. Fill the French press halfway with the warmed milk and pump the plunger rapidly for a few seconds.
- Handheld milk frother: This manual tool is a budget-friendly option for frothing cold milk. Simply immerse the frother in the milk and move it up and down briskly until the desired froth consistency is achieved.