Matcha Cold Foam

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This quick and easy recipe will have you pouring delicious matcha green tea cold foam on top of all your iced drinks in just 2 minutes!

Matcha cold foam being poured over a pink iced drink in a clear glass.

Recipe Highlights

  • Matcha cold foam is a cold, green, frothy topping for iced drinks. It’s made with heavy cream, milk, vanilla syrup, and matcha (green tea powder). The texture of cold foam is velvety and smooth.
  • Cold foam is made in a special blender at Starbucks but it can easily be recreated at home in a French press.
  • With only 4 ingredients, this recipe makes 1 serving of matcha cold foam in just 2 minutes.

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Matcha Cold Foam at Starbucks

Matcha cold foam is not on the standard Starbucks menu, but it can be ordered as a secret menu, customized cold foam.

Because matcha isn’t an option to add to cold foam on their app, you will have to order this in person.

Cold foam at Starbucks is made in a special blender that is only used to make cold foam. The blender has a circular disc that creates tiny, uniform bubbles in the heavy cream and milk.

To customize cold foam, you must know how it should be made so you can order it correctly.

To order matcha cold foam, ask: “Can I get vanilla sweet cream cold foam with 1 scoop of matcha powder blended into the foam?”

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Ingredient Notes

Easy matcha cold foam ingredients in measuring cups, and labeled, on a table.
  • Heavy cream
    Cream gives cold foam that frothy texture. It’s not possible to make cold foam at home without the heavy cream.
  • 2% milk
    Milk is used to thin out the cream a little to make it pourable. Starbucks uses 2% milk but any milk can be used.
  • Matcha
    I prefer to use unsweetened matcha since the quality is better, but Starbucks uses sweetened matcha.
  • Vanilla syrup
    Store-bought or homemade vanilla syrup will sweeten and flavor the cold foam just like Starbucks.
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Step-by-Step Instructions

Easy matcha cold foam directions in two steps.

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to see the recipe.

  1. Put all the ingredient into a French press. Mix well.
    Matcha can clump, so whisk or mix the matcha in the cream and milk. A handheld milk frother does the job quick.
  2. Place lid and move the plunger up and down.
    The cold foam will increase in volume.

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Pouring matcha cold foam on top of strawberry milk.

Expert Tips

  • Use matcha in the $20-$30 range for any matcha drinks made with milk. Any less expensive and it’ll be more brown than green in color.
  • In order to get cold foam like at Starbucks, the secret is to create tiny, uniform bubbles in the mixture. A French press works well for recreating this kind of cold foam at home. An electric milk frother with a cold setting also does a great job.
  • A handheld milk frother can also make cold foam, but the bubbles aren’t as uniform. A French press creates nicer cold foam.
  • Remember that cold foam will increase in volume as it froths, so be sure not to overfill the French press.
  • Don’t underfill the French press either, or the plunger won’t reach the ingredients and it won’t create cold foam. Make sure the filter is touching the liquid before moving the plunger.
  • Cold foam can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 2 days but it’s best to use it right away.
  • Matcha cold foam can be topped on any iced drink in place of milk or sweeteners to give your drinks a sweet matcha taste. It can also be added to milky matcha drinks like Iced Matcha Lattes for a decadent touch.
  • Try this cold foam on top of strawberry milk (strawberries and matcha are an excellent combination), Iced Chai Latte, Iced Brown Sugar Tea Latte, or Matcha Bubble Tea.

Questions You May Have

Can I get matcha cold foam at Starbucks?

Matcha cold foam can be ordered as a customized cold foam at Starbucks. Matcha cold foam can be added as a topping on any iced drink. To order it, ask for a scoop of matcha to be blended into vanilla sweet cream cold foam.

What’s the difference between matcha and sweetened matcha?

Sweetened matcha has sugar added in and it’s what Starbucks uses to make all their matcha drinks. I like to use matcha that doesn’t contain anything else, including sugar, since the quality is a lot better.

What is matcha?

Matcha is green tea that has been finely ground into a powder.

Is there caffeine in matcha cold foam?

Yes! Matcha cold foam is made with green tea, which contains caffeine.

Easy matcha cold foam already poured over a pink iced latte in a clear glass.

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Easy Matcha Cold Foam

Author: Jee Choe
This easy matcha cold foam recipe is made using 4 ingredients in 2 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon matcha
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put heavy cream, milk, matcha, and vanilla syrup into a French press. Mix well.
    Matcha can clump, so whisk or mix the matcha in the cream and milk. A handheld milk frother does the job quick.
  • Place lid and move the plunger up and down 40 times.
    The cold foam will increase in volume.
  • Pour matcha cold foam on top of an iced drink.

EQUIPMENT

NOTES

  • Use matcha in the $20-$30 range for any matcha drinks made with milk. Any less expensive and it’ll be more brown than green in color.
  • In order to get cold foam like at Starbucks, the secret is to create tiny, uniform bubbles in the mixture. A French press works well for recreating this kind of cold foam at home. An electric milk frother with a cold setting also does a great job.
  • A handheld milk frother can also make cold foam, but the bubbles aren’t as uniform. A French press creates nicer cold foam.
  • Remember that cold foam will increase in volume as it froths, so be sure not to overfill the French press.
  • Don’t underfill the French press either, or the plunger won’t reach the ingredients and it won’t create cold foam. Make sure the filter is touching the liquid before moving the plunger.
  • Cold foam can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 2 days but it’s best to use it right away.
  • Matcha cold foam can be topped on any iced drink in place of milk or sweeteners to give your drinks a sweet matcha taste. It can also be added to milky matcha drinks like Iced Matcha Lattes for a decadent touch.
  • Try this cold foam on top of strawberry milk (strawberries and matcha are an excellent combination), Iced Chai Latte, Iced Brown Sugar Tea Latte, or Matcha Bubble Tea.

NUTRITION

Calories: 283 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 111mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1105IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg
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