How To Make Matcha Latte at Home

Last Updated: by: Amanda T

Matcha Finished Product

If you’re not familiar with matcha latte, this delightful drink is a Japanese-inspired latte with a base of matcha tea and lightly sweetened milk. While it may look like plain green tea, matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and harvested leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant native to Asia. It’s a popular choice for tea lovers and has many health benefits too.

Authentically, this latte is prepared with Japanese tea utensils, and matcha tea sets are readily available for purchase. However, using the items you have handy will work just as well. Here, we’ll show you how to make it at home. Note that boiling water or milk combined with matcha will make it taste bitter, so keep the temperatures at hot. Also, this beverage is made to drink quickly, and if left to sit for too long, the matcha will settle to the bottom.

Items needed:

  • Tea kettle or microwave-safe measuring cup
  • Tea bowl or small bowl
  • Tea whisk or small whisk
  • Teascoop or teaspoon
  • Automatic milk frother

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 cup cold milk (any milk preference)
  • Honey or sweetener to taste

Guided Steps:

  1. Heat the water in a kettle on the stovetop or in the microwave for about 2 minutes. It needs to be hot, but not boiling.
  2. Add matcha powder to the tea bowl.
  3. Add hot water to bowl, and whisk rapidly for 1-2 minutes to blend and break up small pieces. A tea whisk works best.
  4. Add milk to the automatic milk frother. Heat and froth the milk.
  5. Pour milk into the matcha mixture and stir.
  6. Sweeten to taste.

Matcha Latte Ingredients

Alternative easy jar method:

You’ll need a 12-ounce jar, and a Mason jar works well.

  1. Heat the milk on the stovetop or in the microwave. You’ll want it hot, but not boiling.
  2. From the stovetop, pour the hot milk into the jar. In the microwave, the milk can be heated directly in the jar.
  3. Add the matcha powder and any additional sweetener or flavoring to the hot milk.
  4. Place the lid on the jar and tighten.
  5. Holding the jar with a towel, shake until combined well and foamy, about one minute.
  6. Remove the lid carefully and serve.

If you delight in the flavor of matcha, you may have found a healthy and straightforward ritual to liven up any time of your day. Changing up the recipe to your liking allows you to make it as indulgent or as clean as you like it. Enjoy!

The Matcha Experience

Whether you’ve had to abandon a coffee addiction, you have a grand love of tea, or you’re looking for a healthy treat to add to your day, matcha is chock full of antioxidants and won’t give you the rise and fall of a caffeine hit. Matcha provides sustained energy throughout the day. As a bonus, it can boost your metabolism and burn fat as well as a plethora of other health benefits. For the health enthusiasts, matcha has twenty times more antioxidants than blueberries, just ask the chemists over at Tufts University.

If you’re not a green tea connoisseur, matcha has an intense earthy flavor with a back-end sweetness. When made latte-style, it has a creaminess that gives it an indulgent feel without the guilt. The Americanized version served up at coffee houses across the land tends to mask the authentic matcha flavor with a substantial amount of sugar. If you’ve only had matcha tea or a matcha latte from a coffee shop, be prepared for a different experience at home. Traditionally, matcha tea is served in a bowl, not a mug or coffee cup. It’s served this way so that it’s experienced on a different sensory level. A bowl