Matcha Green Tea Latte Made Easy

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Want to know how to make matcha latte at home? My recipe and tips on making the best green drink you’ve ever had.

Matcha tea into frothed milk

Matcha Latte at Home

Matcha lattes are easy to make at home and taste even better than the ones sold in coffee shops.

  • Matcha latte is a drink made from Japanese green tea powder and milk.
  • Can be made hot or iced. Iced is easier to make, requiring fewer tools. (See recipe.)
  • Matcha is traditionally paired with something sweet, so I always sweeten my matcha lattes.
  • There’s caffeine in matcha lattes.

Three tips to the best matcha latte

TIP #1: Use good quality matcha
The brighter the green, the higher the quality. For lattes, get matcha in the $20-$30 price range.
RELATED: Best Matcha Brands for Lattes

TIP #2: Sift and whisk matcha
The fewer clumps of matcha, the better. Sifting and whisking properly makes sure it doesn’t clump. Use a mesh strainer and a bamboo matcha whisk.

TIP #3: Make it sweet
Traditionally, matcha is served with something sweet, so I like to sweeten my matcha latte just a bit with sugar or honey.

TIP #4: Make cafe-quality froth
Velvety, rich froth can be made at home using a French press or an electric milk frother.

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Questions You May Have

How can I make this dairy-free?
Use a dairy-free milk to make it dairy-free. I am a fan of this oat milk since it froths well.

Do I really need a matcha whisk?
A matcha whisk works the best, but if you don’t have one, put warm water and matcha in a cocktail shaker or a jar with a tight lid and shake vigorously until you don’t see any matcha clumps.

How can I froth milk in a French press?
Aside from the electric milk frother, the French press makes excellent froth. Heat milk first in a saucepan until it simmers. Make sure not to let it come to a boil. Put hot milk into a French press and pump the plunger up and down until milk doubles in volume.
RELATED: 5 Easy Ways to Froth Milk at Home

If the French press makes such great froth, why use the electric milk frother?
The electric milk frother heats milk and froths at the same time, so no need to heat milk separately. Plus, it’s a lot easier to clean than a French press.

Matcha Latte Tips

  • Good quality matcha is what makes the the green color nice and bright. Matcha that’s less than $15 is going to be more brown than green.
  • Make sure to whisk matcha using an up and down motion and not in circles.
  • You can sweeten your matcha latte with anything from brown sugar to date syrup.

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What You’ll Need

How to Make It

There are 2 parts to a matcha latte:

  • Hot matcha
  • Frothed milk

STEP 1: Heat water.

Don’t use boiling hot water to make matcha — use simmered water instead.

If using an electric kettle like I do, set the water temperature to 175°F to make matcha.

Filtered water makes for a better tasting tea than tap water, so use that if possible.

STEP 2: Sift matcha into a bowl and whisk with hot water.

Sifting is an important step in making sure there aren’t any clumps.

Use a matcha whisk and move it up and down, in a “W” pattern. Don’t swirl the matcha in circles since that doesn’t work very well in getting the matcha and water to mix.

STEP 3: Heat and froth milk.

There are two ways to make cafe-quality froth. One is using an electric milk frother (what I use) which heats and froths milk at the same time.

The other is to use a French press. Simmer milk on the stovetop, then pour it–no more than halfway–into a French press. Move the plunger up and down until milk doubles in volume.

STEP 4: Put milk into a mug then pour in matcha.

The matcha will slowly turn the milk green.

STEP 5: Sweeten with sugar or honey.

Stir in a teaspoon of honey or sugar.

OPTIONAL: Top off drink with a dusting of matcha powder.

Related

Matcha Latte Recipe

Matcha Latte

Author: Jee Choe
Make matcha latte at home with this easy and delicious recipe.
4.7 from 94 votes
Course Tea Recipes
Yield1 drink

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Heat water.
    Don’t use boiling hot water to make matcha — use simmered water instead. If using an electric kettle like I do, set the water temperature to 175°F to make matcha. (Use filtered water if possible.)
  • Sift matcha into a bowl and whisk with hot water.
    Sifting prevents clumps from forming and makes it easier to whisk the matcha. Use a matcha whisk and move it up and down, in a "W" pattern. Don’t swirl the matcha in circles since that doesn’t work very well in getting the matcha and water to mix.
  • Heat and froth milk.
    There are two ways to make cafe-quality froth. One is using an electric milk frother (what I use) which heats and froths milk at the same time.
    The other is to use a French press. Simmer milk on the stovetop, then pour it no more than halfway into a French press. Move the plunger up and down until milk doubles in volume.
  • Put milk into a mug then pour in matcha.
  • Sweeten with sugar or honey.

NOTES

TIP #1: Use good quality matcha
The brighter the green, the higher the quality. For lattes, get matcha in the $20-$30 price range.
TIP #2: Sift and whisk matchaThe less clumps of matcha, the better, and sifting and whisking properly makes sure it doesn’t. Use a mesh strainer and a bamboo matcha whisk.
TIP #3: Make it sweet
Traditionally, matcha is served with something sweet so I like to sweeten my matcha latte just a bit with sugar or honey.
TIP #4: Make cafe-quality froth
Velvety, rich froth can be made at home using a French press or an electric milk frother.
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4 thoughts on “Matcha Green Tea Latte Made Easy”

  1. You can also use a fine strainer/sieve and either use a large marble to roll over the tea and send it through the mesh, or you can use the back of a spoon to do it. Either works very well and reduces any lumps.

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  2. Matcha green tea making very easy.at first ,we took some milk,sugar and green tea.Then open our gas stove and took a ketlly. Then boiled milk sugar and tea after some time.At last ready our lovely cup of tea.match green tea is very effective-for less our fatness.Thanks for your good advice.

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