Matcha is definitely not the most popular tea in the cupboard. It’s bright green, has an earthy flavour, and can be bitter. When I first started drinking it, I thought it tasted a lot like grass. As I mentioned in my birthday post, I now love Matcha and have successfully been enjoying it (and no longer thinking it tastes like grass) for over a year. I’ve even turned into one of those incredible superhuman’s who drinks it straight with just hot water. Although I love it plain and simple, one of my favourite ways to treat myself is to make a matcha latte. Mmmm, I’m relaxing just thinking about one.
Not only does matcha taste great, it has many benefits ranging from a healthier immune system, being an antioxidant, boosting energy, and much more. I was brought into the fold by a colleague who has not gotten sick once since they started drinking matcha. It’s magical, I tell you!
For those of your still in the “matcha tastes like grass” phase of life, a latte is a great way to introduce matcha into your life without blasting you away with its full flavour and colour.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 tsp of matcha powder
- 1/3 cup of hot water
- 1 cup of milk (cows, coconut, or almond…cows milk froths the best)
If you’ve never made a matcha tea before, you’ll either need a bamboo whisk or a ‘matcha maker’. Both can be purchased through David’s Tea or other specialty tea providers. If whisking, mix your powder with a small amount of the hot water to make a paste. Once the paste is smooth, add the remaining amount of water until you have a dark green liquid. If using the matcha maker, pour all of the water onto the powder and shake, shake, shake, until all the powder has dissolved. Pour the dark green liquid into the cup you want your matcha latte in.
Next, froth your milk until creamy. I use the frother on our specialty coffee maker, but a handheld frother also works. Finally, pour the frothed milk into your latte cup. Add a dash of manuka honey if you need a little sweetness.
It’s warm in flavour, smooth in texture, and a delight to the belly. I hope you find some time to cozy up with a matcha latte and enjoy the day. Celebrate yourself, enjoy the moment, and smile.
So, now that you’re as in love with matcha as I am, comment below with your thoughts on matcha and this little latte. Pretty please!