Learn how to make Matcha Latte with this step-by-step recipe. The best way to enjoy a delicious and healthy energy boost.
- 1 bamboo spoon of matcha tea
- 6 cl of hot water (not boiling)
- 24 cl of cow’s milk or hot vegetable drink
- Optional: sugar, sweetener or syrup.
Matcha Latte is undoubtedly the most elaborate recipe with the popular Japanese tea. This drink combines the intense vegetal flavour of green tea with the smoothness of milk.
Matcha is made by grinding leaves that were grown in the shade. The result is a fine tea powder full of nuances, flavours and benefits that has fans all over the world.
In this recipe we will show you a classic way of making Matcha tea with milk. We also add some variations and tips to enjoy this delicious drink the most.
How to make matcha latte
- In a Japanese bowl (Chawan) and with the help of a strainer, sieve a bamboo spoon of your favourite matcha tea. The aim is to avoid lumps and to obtain a smooth and uniform mixture.
- Add one fifth of hot water, between 60°C and 80°C maximum.
- Whisk vigorously with the traditional Japanese bamboo brush (Chasen) using wrist strokes. Stop when it is well blended and a foamy layer has been created.
- Pour the matcha tea into a glass and add the cow’s milk or your favourite vegetable drink (e.g. almond milk).
- Optionally you can sweeten your Matcha Latte with sugar, honey, sweetener or syrup.
- Continue stirring until everything is evenly mixed, and enjoy!
How to make iced matcha latte
To enjoy an iced matcha latte take a larger glass, and add ice up to the top. Then add the matcha directly from the Chawan and add your favourite milk (unheated).
If you want it sweetened, pour the mixture of matcha, milk and your favourite sweetener over the ice.
Matcha tea with oat milk, almond milk or cow's milk
To make matcha latte you can choose the milk of your choice, it’s just a matter of taste. Among the most commonly used milks for matcha tea are: oat milk, almond milk and cow’s milk.
Oat milk is one of the most popular choices. It has a mild, slightly sweet taste that is a perfect match for matcha tea. Its creaminess makes matcha tea with oat milk has a nice, silky texture.
Almond milk is another delicious and healthy option to combine with matcha teas. It has a slightly sweet taste, with a lighter body and spicy notes that blend into the more recognisable nuances of Matcha. This low calorie milk is a good source of vitamin E and calcium.
The more traditional can use cow’s milk. This milk gives a more flavourful taste and a creamier texture. If you want a lighter version we advise you to use skimmed or semi-skimmed milk.
Tips and tricks for making Matcha Latte
Making matcha tea with the bamboo brush in the Japanese ceremonial bowl may be impractical for the inexperienced. If this is your case or if you have no time, you can use a mini electric mixer. With this you can skip the step of sieving the Matcha tea and in a few seconds it will be blended to perfection.
If you want to experiment with a different way of how to make matcha or with a different flavour, you can add a little vanilla powder, cinnamon, or even a little salt. This will enhance some of the Matcha’s flavour notes. If you sprinkle cinnamon on the surface, it will give it a slightly sweet taste as well as optically enhancing it.
Finally, we recommend drinking the Matcha Latte freshly brewed. This is the best way to enjoy its creamy texture and lovely taste.