If you’re anything like me and crave an iced matcha latte made with real green tea powder from time to time, then look no further for an easy recipe to whip up at home! With just 3 simple ingredients, you’ll have the most frothy, flavorful matcha tea latte you could ask for without having to get out to your local tea shop. Whether you like it cold or hot, you can use any type of milk or a dairy-free milk as well, so there’s even room to make it in your favorite way!
Knowing how to make matcha tea latte in simple steps helps keep things moving in the morning when you need them to, or makes for a tasty, hassle-free pick me up in the afternoon. As matcha is made using the whole tea leaf, there will be a higher caffeine content than that of a cup of regular green tea, so moderation is the key here. Nonetheless, this delicious drink recipe never falls flat for me, and we hope you enjoy it all the same!
What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha tea powder is made from finely grounding green tea leaves that are grown in the shade roughly one month before harvest and are then processed by removing the stems and veins. Next, the entire leaf is utilized by being ground into a fine powder that many can recognize as matcha due to its infamous bright green color. There’s loads of ways that matcha has been consumed over time and in modern day; my personal favorite is matcha ice cream, so I do recommend giving that a try at your next given chance.
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Traditionally, matcha has been prepared and served as a hot tea at Japanese tea ceremonies, and in this case, it is referred to as ceremonial grade matcha, meaning it is high quality matcha and usually the most expensive kind for this reason.
However, there is no significance in taste to differentiate the quality of matcha powder— instead, there is a range amongst all grades depending on where the leaves were removed from the plant, from a bitter taste to sweet and subtle.
Culinary grade, otherwise called cooking grade, is a matcha that is most likely to consist of the flavor of bitterness and is most used in cooking, while premium grade is another high-quality matcha green tea better for daily consumption that’s made using leaves harvested from the top of the plant.
Is Matcha Tea Good For You?
Yes! Unlike most teas where you just steep the leaves, matcha gives you the chance to consume the entire leaf and all of its benefits. Matcha contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that reduces stress, enhances mood, and gives you an energy boost to remain alert for a while after consumption.
A cup of matcha will also give you a nice dose of antioxidants, one of the many known health benefits of green tea. Consequently, however, one cup of matcha also contains roughly 60 milligrams of caffeine, which is still less caffeine than your standard cup of coffee (which sits at about 95 milligrams), but one should always be safe to not overindulge in too many caffeinated matcha drinks.
What Type of Milk Can Be Used?
To counteract the slight earthly bitterness that is present in the taste of ceremonial matcha, you can mix in cold milk or a dairy-free option, like oat milk, to your iced matcha latte— just make sure the liquid has been chilled first! For those who go with dairy milk, some people enjoy 2% or whole milk because of its higher fat content.
As for me, I pick almond milk nearly every time because I enjoy the smooth, light sweetness it adds to my frothy drinks.
Using your favorite milk here for added sweetening works great, but if you want to mask the flavor of matcha more, you can even add in a small amount of honey or maple syrup, as both seem to be popular choices. There’s also the option to make a simple syrup to sweeten the snack, which requires minimal effort and the brief recipe for this will be mentioned down below.
How To Make Matcha Tea Latte
There is some equipment used in this matcha green tea latte recipe that truly makes all the difference in how the matcha tea powder will turn out.
Since you’ll be mixing 3 teaspoons of your choice of matcha powder and 2 tablespoons of hot water, it is an important thing to ensure there’s no lumps in the matcha mixture. To do this, you’ll need a small bowl, or chawan, and a tool called a bamboo whisk (or a handheld milk frother will also work).
Starting the day off with an iced matcha latte is a great choice if you’re looking to keep energized as you weave through your daily schedule. In the event that this is your first time attempting an easy iced matcha, you’re in store for a palate awakening when you take your first sips of that semi-sweet, creamy matcha latte. It’s cleverly refreshing!
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It is optional to add sweetener to your homemade matcha latte, but I’ll give you this two-step recipe for some simple syrup:
- Much like you’ll do to make the matcha paste for your tea latte later, start by warming some water until it’s close to boiling but not quite there. Stir ¼ cup of sugar into the water until you see that it has dissolved.
- Let your mixture chill in the refrigerator for up to 15 minutes before adding to your iced matcha latte.
Note: Having trouble dissolving the sugar crystals? Pop the bowl of mixture into the microwave for about 10 seconds and then try stirring again.
Here’s how to make matcha tea latte:
- You’re going to need hot water to mix the powder, so first warm the water over stovetop, microwave, or a kettle until it’s very hot, but not yet boiling.
- After adding the matcha powder to a small bowl or chawan, start with just a single tablespoon of the water and begin blending with the matcha whisk or handheld frother. Go in concentric circles with your small whisk around the perimeter of the bowl and feel free to drop more water in if necessary until there’s a close sign that the mixture is completely smooth with a little froth on top.
- Now, in a large cup (I like to use a mason jar), you’re going to prepare the iced latte by pouring in the main ingredient aside from green tea powder… ice! Fill the glass with ice and 1 cup of your choice of milk or a milk substitute. The matcha mixture is added next and the entire glass should be stirred until well combined. Finally, the addition of simple syrup can be introduced here.
Is An Iced Matcha Latte Good For Weight Loss?
Healthy recipes for iced lattes are hard to come by, typically due to the added amounts of sugar and cream, and depending on how you like your drink, these extra ingredients can become troublesome for you if they break your weight loss diet.
Your job will be to adjust the amount of ingredients my recipe calls for to best suit your dietary needs. It’s important to keep in mind that a good matcha latte can also be mixed with pomegranate juice to sweeten it, and this would give it some more antioxidants as well.
Low-fat milk or skim milk options are fine, but those only remove all of the fat, not the sugar. Matcha itself actually contains a compound called epigallocatechin gallate, otherwise known as EGCG, which is an anti-inflammatory that greatly increases the speed of the metabolic rate of cells.
Not only do you get to enjoy a healthy copycat recipe of the infamous Starbucks iced matcha latte, but also, you’ll be able to burn calories while you digest it.
Some of my most beloved coffee shops have just started serving matcha and delicious green tea latte variations, but making them from home always takes the cake. I can control my ingredients, change them, and it doesn’t require starting up a new tab when sometimes I’d rather be saving money, despite always supporting small business coffee houses whenever I can afford the treat!
Even still, your first initial investment of a quality matcha powder really comes a long way in terms of long-lasting product and flavor, so I’ve never been disappointed with that purchase.
Considering that you only need to use a small amount of the powder, an opened bag of matcha powder can last for up to 4 to 5 weeks when stored properly. Plus, that creamy milk addition to these iced lattes makes for an explosion of goodness!
- Add the matcha green tea powder in a small mixing bowl.
- Carefully and slowly add in hot water (not boiling hot) to bowl. Whisk slowly to avoid bitterness.
- Continue to whisk until powder is completely dissolved. Whisk in a "M" motion to create foam and froth.
- Transfer matcha mixture to a mug.
- Heat milk until steaming. Make the froth with the whisk or with an electric milk frother.
- Pour the milk into the mug over the matcha green tea.
- Add sweetener to taste, if you wish.
Every type of green tea blended into a beverage, hot or cold, is something quite special and worthy of creating from time to time, not just for its benefits, but to experience the pure flavor of matcha tea.
Taking the time to explain how to make matcha tea latte will hopefully give many others useful information to take with them the next time they take to the grocery store. Well worth the higher price, matcha is an all-time favorite for me, and making recipes at home couldn’t be sweeter!