This matcha latte is a delicious blend of earthy matcha powder, creamy milk and a drop of honey. A matcha latte is the ultimate healing drink, due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and nutrient profile. It will have you feeling soothed and refreshed in no time.
Matcha green tea powder
Matcha is a green tea made from whole green tea leaves ground into very fine powder. Not just any green tea leaves though. Matcha undergoes a unique process where the leaves are shaded for several weeks before harvesting to increase chlorophyll levels and amino acids. This gives matcha is vibrant green hue.
So what’s the difference between matcha and regular green tea? Green tea is steeped in hot water, giving you about 75% of its nutrients. Whereas matcha powder allows you to consume the entire leaf.
Be aware that matcha does contain caffeine, so stick with one cup a day and make it part of your morning routine. Avoid if you’re having trouble sleeping or if you feel jittery after drinking caffeine-containing drinks.
Types of matcha
The most common types of matcha are ceremonial, culinary and premium:
- Ceremonial grade: The highest quality made from young matcha leaves – sweet, mild, and rich in nutrition. This type of matcha is used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and is meant to be consumed in its purest form with just water.
- Culinary grade: More robust and bitter than ceremonial grade. Perfect for mixed drinks or baked goods.
- Premium grade: Similar to culinary grade and won’t break the bank. A great choice if you want a boost of green goodness in everyday drinks.
Matcha latte ingredients
- Matcha Powder: I’m a big fan of this Erbology Ceremonial Grade Matcha Powder. Three things to look out for are: origin (it should be a product of Japan), organic, and ‘stone ground’.
- Water: Use hot water to help break up the matcha powder as you whisk it.
- Milk: Use milk of your choice, it can be dairy or non-dairy milk (almond milk, cashew milk or oat milk). Just warm and froth it.
- Sweetener: My preferred sweetener is honey, but you can use maple syrup if you prefer.
3 steps to the perfect matcha latte
- Sift the matcha. Sift straight into a cup if you’re making a latte for one. Otherwise, sift it over a bowl. A tea strainer works well for this job!
- Whisk the matcha. Pour hot water into the cup or bowl, then use a bamboo whisk to whisk vigorously in a ‘W’ shape for 30 seconds, or until frothy with no lumps.
- Add the finishing touches. Warm and froth your favourite milk, pour it into the cup, and sweeten to taste. Give it all a stir and voila!
Do I really need to sift the matcha?
Sorry, but yes! If you want a smooth latte… If you skip the sifting step you might end up with a grainy latte with lumps of unblended matcha. Gross! Sifting and whisking is very important for a smooth drink because technically matcha doesn’t dissolve in water.
More healing warm drinks drinks to try
A matcha latte is just one of the many healthy drinks to include in your daily routine. You could also try:
I hope you enjoy this matcha latte recipe. If you make it, let me know how it turned out. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below, or post in The Fertility Kitchen Community.
- 1½ tsp ceremonial grade matcha powder sifted
- 60 ml cup hot water
- 250 ml warmed and frothed milk of your choice
- honey to taste optional
- Place the match in a serving cup and add the hot water. Whisk vigorously in a 'W' shape with a bamboo matcha whisk for 30 seconds, or until frothy.
- Add the warm and frothy milk and sweeten to taste with honey.