This recipe shows you how to make a creamy and frothy cup of Matcha Green Tea Latte. Enjoy this delicious drink at home by mixing bittersweet matcha green tea with warm milk.
One of my guilty pleasures was to swing by Starbucks in the afternoon to get their Matcha Green Tea Latte (with just one pump of syrup) before picking up my kids. Usually, by the afternoon, I’ve already had a few cups of coffee/tea/chai, so I need something with a mild sweetness for my midday pick-me-up. A smooth cup of matcha green tea latte is just perfect.
Watch How to Make Green Tea Latte
The bitter and sweet taste of matcha green tea mixed with warm milk for a delicious latte. Top with foam and sprinkle with matcha green tea powder.
It feels like a special treat, before diving into the hurried tasks of midday. However, the cost adds up very quickly! I soon came to realize that I can actually buy 1-2 packages of good quality matcha green tea powder at the same cost as 2 cups of Green Tea Latte at Starbucks. Now, I am embarrassed to tell you that my pantry has been stocked up with many matcha green tea powder packages already. I use the powder for many of my green tea baked goods, but it just never crossed my mind to use it for my daily cup of latte.
Once I started making a matcha green tea latte at home, I know I am onto an afternoon ritual that will last for a long time. Stirring the lovely green hue in a cup has the effect of calming my mind, allowing me to take a mental break on a busy day. It’s therapeutic almost. Unlike espresso, you don’t need any special machine to make the latte; all you need is milk and matcha green tea powder.
The slightly bitter and sweet taste of matcha, when blending in with milk and a tiny bit of sugar, it makes the perfect cup of drink. On a chilly day, the warm latte tastes extra good as I take slow sips from the cup. If you prefer the iced version of the matcha green tea latte, it is as easy as using cold milk and adding in ice cubes.
To Make Foamy Froth for Matcha Green Tea Latte
To make nice foamy froth, I now use ZENPRO Milk Frother and I LOVE IT! I used to use this $2 IKEA frother which works great too. But if you make Green Tea Latte often, the ZENPRO milk frother is definitely nice to have!
However, if you don’t care much about the froth on top of the latte, and it still tastes wonderful without it.
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Matcha Green Tea Latte
- 1 ½ tsp matcha (green tea powder)
- 1 Tbsp water (hot water but not boiling water)
- 1 cup milk (cows, almond, soy, etc)
- 1 tsp sugar (optional)
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Sift green tea powder into the cup to get rid of the lumps in the powder.
- Add hot (not boiling) water and whisk briskly until powder is all dissolved. This prevents the tea from having lumps in it so do not skip. The green tea paste should be smooth and foamy. I use a frother but you can also use a small regular whisk or chasen (bamboo whisk used for Japanese tea ceremony).
- Add milk and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat the milk over medium heat until small bubbles start to appear around the edge of the saucepan. Do not bring the milk to full boil. Turn off the heat. (Or use cold milk for iced latte)
- Froth the milk until foamy, about 10 seconds with a frother. If you don't have a frother, you can skip.
- Add the hot milk and foam in the cup and dust the green tea powder on the top. (Add ice for an extra cold iced latte).