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It's Never Too Late for a Matcha Latte

It's Never Too Late for a Matcha Latte

Enjoying the Nutritious Green Tea Latte in Your Own Home

Matcha, the specially grown and processed green tea powder found to contain an opulent amount of antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins, pervaded the Westerners’ psyche in the form of Matcha Latte.

Latte simply means ‘milk’ in Italian. However, its sense was somehow altered when the word was assimilated in the English language as part of the modern café culture. Today, it is understood that when you order latte from a coffeehouse, you are asking for a blend of coffee brew and liquid dairy, except perhaps, in Italy where you might still be served with a plain glass of milk.

Going back to matcha, the tea drink is traditionally prepared in Japan for many generations by simply mixing a small amount of the green silky-smooth powder in a bowl of hot water. Not too long ago however, it was discovered that matcha’s organic umami taste and creamy quality blends well with steamed milk too, the liquid base of latte drinks. Thus, Matcha Latte was born.

Moreover, it was found out that matcha can be a healthier substitute to coffee, with its own energy, alertness and mood enhancing properties that come from its adequate caffeine content and abundance of L-theanine amino acid. It is also rich in polyphenols that can help in fighting off cancer and tumor cells, lowering cholesterol, and ridding our body with toxins and free radicals.

Matcha Latte Recipes that You Can Try at Home

There are actually several variations of Matcha Latte. Because of the green tea powder’s versatile flavor profile, it can be mixed with a sundry of ingredients and essences. For instance, just for the milk base alone, you already have several options that include whole milk, full cream milk, skimmed milk, soymilk, almond milk and even coconut milk. You can even add sweeteners, sprinkles, foams, etc. to the concoction.

Here are a few basic and easy single-serve recipes that you can try at home. Just do the necessary adjustments if you need to make several portions simultaneously.

Classic Warm Matcha Latte

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. Unsweetened Matcha Green Powder
  • 2 tsp. Sugar (Adjust according to your desired sweetness)
  • 3 tbsp. Hot Water
  • 8 – 10 oz. Whole Milk

Procedure:

  1. Combine the matcha powder and sugar into a mug or cup.
  2. Pour in the hot water and stir well with a spoon or a whisk until all lumps disappear and the mixture turns into a smooth bisque-like texture.
  3. Warm the milk in a separate pan (or a mug, if you are using a microwave oven) then pour it on the mug or cup with the green mixture until it’s nearly full.
  4. Stir the green mixture and milk together with a whisk until it turns to a smooth light green color. Enjoy!

Café-Style Warm Matcha Latte 

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This is a slightly elevated version of the classic warm matcha latte. All the ingredients are the same, except the finished product is quite similar to the frothy kind that you can buy from cafes and espresso bars. However, you will need a simple battery-operated gadget called a frothing wand in this variety.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. Unsweetened Matcha Green Powder
  • 2 tsp. Sugar (Adjust according to your desired sweetness)
  • 3 tbsp. Hot Water
  • 8 – 10 oz. Whole Milk

Procedure:

  1. Combine the matcha powder and sugar into a mug or cup.
  2. Pour in the hot water and stir well with a spoon or a whisk until all lumps disappear and the mixture turns into a smooth bisque-like texture.
  3. Heat the milk in a separate pan until boiling, then gently stir with an activated frothing wand until it becomes foamy. Pour the frothy milk it on the mug or cup with the green mixture until it’s nearly full.
  4. Scoop the leftover froth onto the top of your drink. You can also sprinkle a pinch of raw matcha powder on top of the foam with the aid of a sieve, for better presentation.

Iced Matcha Latte

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If you fancy a cold drink over a hot one, then this is the recipe for you. It’s a perfect refresher during muggy weather.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. Matcha Green Tea
  • 1 Cup Milk (full cream, skimmed or non-fat)
  • 2 tbsp. Hot Water
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. Simple Syrup (see the recipe below the procedure for the drink)
  • Ice Cubes

Procedure:

  1. Spoon in 2 tbsps. of matcha green powder in a bowl or cup, followed by 2 tbsp. of hot water. Add 1-2 tbsps. of simple syrup then whisk the ingredients together with an activated frothing wand until there are no lumps left. If you don’t have the said gadget, you can use a stainless, plastic or the traditional bamboo (chasen) whisk, albeit with slightly different result.
  2. Once the first three ingredients are thoroughly mixed, pour the resulting mixture into a tall glass filled with ice cubes.
  3. Pour the cup of milk in a bowl or a tall mug then whisk with the frothing wand until a generous amount of foam is formed. Again, if you don’t have the said gadget, you can use a cocktail shaker or a tall covered jar wherein you can shake the milk vigorously.
  4. Sift the foam with a spoon while pouring the milk into the glass with ice and matcha mix, so you can scoop it later to place on the top of the drink. For added presentation, sprinkle the top of the foam with a pinch of raw matcha powder with the aid of a sieve. You can also put a whipped cream on top.
  5. The drink is now ready to be enjoyed.

How to Make Simple Syrup:

  1. Boil together equal amounts of water and sugar (e.g. ¼ cup of sugar to ½ cup of water) then let it simmer for 3-5 minutes in low heat or until the sugar completely dissolves. Stir occasionally.
  2. Let it cool down to almost room temperature then transfer into a covered jar for refrigeration. This will enable the syrup to last for a month. 

Thank you for reading and check out our site regularly for more wonderful matcha recipes!