Starting your day with a mug of green tea is a great way to blow off the cobwebs: it boosts your metabolism, and gives you natural energy to get you up, out, and functioning at 100 percent!
But what if this option sounds a little too virtuous? Many of us just could not give up our frothy, indulgent latte in the morning. Matcha tea lattes are the perfect solution! It combines all the health benefits of drinking green tea with the depth and creaminess of a latte.
A matcha tea latte doesn’t just match the health benefits of green tea - it actually beats them! Matcha is a finely ground powder made of specially grown and harvested green tea leaves. One serving of matcha tea has the nutritional value of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea: it has 137 times more antioxidants.
This recipe will help you make a delicious latte - with creamy milk and a little sugar to offset the leafy, fragrant taste of matcha green tea - leaving you set and ready to embrace the day!
Matcha tea lattes have gained popularity in recent years and can be found at some of the best and most beautiful coffee shops around the world. With their frothy top and alluring green color, matcha tea lattes can seem like they are very complicated to make. Looking to add it to your menu? We are here to give the 101 on everything GTL-related.
What You Need to Make the Best Matcha Tea Latte:
The type of matcha you use can have a big effect on the taste of your matcha tea latte. We would recommend going for organic matcha, preferably with a blend of first and second harvest leaves, which gives the ingredient a more robust taste. The highest quality matcha available on the market is ceremonial matcha, which is ground extra fine to give it a more delicate taste. For those with more of a sweet tooth, there is also sweet matcha, Japanese matcha mixed with pure cane sugar, which is the perfect choice for those looking to make more indulgent matcha tea lattes.
Tools to Make It
You are first going to want to secure something that will break up the potential clumps formed in the matcha and milk, especially when the beverage is iced. It’s also helpful if you have a kettle where you can choose the exact temperature: but not necessary. If you cannot measure the temperature on your kettle, then transfer the boiling water into a cold cup, to lower the temperature a little before adding to your matcha tea latte.
There are many different types of milk frother you can use. Any barista knows that a frother can truly revolutionize a coffee or latte.
The best choice of the mug is glass, so you can see the fantastic free color of the latte in all its glory!
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 2 tsp sugar
- 3 tbsp warm water
- 250ml cold milk or 300ml hot milk
- First, you need to prepare matcha tea by whisking together water and sifted matcha powder to make sure there aren’t any clumps. The water should be warm, or about 175°F, because otherwise, it can cause the matcha to become bitter.
- The second step is to froth and heat the milk. But make sure the milk doesn’t boil! It should simmer, warm, and then be frothed - but many milk brothers have the function to do both simultaneously. Pour the warm, frothy milk into a mug - preferably a glass mug so you can see the magic that will happen next!
- Pour the prepared matcha tea into the milk. The green liquid will slowly mix into the milk, creating a beautiful marbling effect, and eventually turning the whole beverage green.
- To finish, you can add some honey or sugar to add sweetness, and maybe scatter some matcha powder on the top to bring that extra je ne sais quoi!
But what about drinking matcha tea lattes when it’s hot? If you want to make an iced matcha tea latte, you can choose to add cold frothed non-dairy milk to the recipe, and maybe even add a couple of ice cubes at the end for extra refreshment.
Benefits of Our Matcha Tea Latte Recipe
Our favorite way to whip up a green tea/matcha latte recipe is with our non-dairy milks. For example, you could use alternative milk such as hazelnut, almond,or oat. Alternative milks are great when catering to all customers, regardless of dietary restrictions.
Furthermore, there can be more health benefits to adding a matcha tea latte to your menu. Matcha tea lattes can be made using a lot of milk and sugar. Despite the previously outlined health benefits of matcha, this can lead to a not so healthy drink. However making the latte with this in mind allows for you to use the milk, and quantity, of your choice, and regulate the amount of sugar you include.
So there we have it: making a matcha tea latte isn’t as complicated as it seems! The most important thing to remember is to select fine quality matcha, as this will be the overriding flavor in your matcha tea latte, many great examples of which can be found online at Barista Underground.