A Tea Sommelier’s guide on how to make matcha lattes at home. Get, step-by-step instructions, how to pick the right matcha, and tips to make perfect froth.
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Matcha lattes are easy to make at home with just four ingredients and taste even better than the ones sold in coffee shops since you can customize all the ingredients. Matcha green tea, water, milk, and sweetener come together to make this delicious drink.
- Matcha is traditionally paired with something sweet to balance out any bitterness, so this matcha latte recipe is made honey, but you can use whatever you like to make it sweet.
- Iced matcha lattes are much easier to make than hot, but I’ve got some tips and tricks to make it properly and easily.
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The brighter the green, the higher the quality. For lattes, get matcha in the $20-$30 price range.
You can use any milk you like. I usually make mine with oat milk or 2% milk.
Always use filtered water if you can since better water makes better tea.
I’m using honey since it’s easy to mix into the milk but you can use sugar if that’s what you have.
For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to see the recipe.
- Heat water.
Don’t use boiling hot water to make matcha — use simmered water instead.
- Combine milk and honey. Froth sweetened milk.
Simmer milk then pour it into a French press and move the plunger until milk doubles in volume.
- Sift matcha into a bowl. Add hot water and whisk.
Sifting and using a bamboo whisk prevents matcha clumps.
- Pour frothed milk into a cup then add whisked matcha.
Optional: Top off drink with a dusting of matcha powder. Stir before drinking.
Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Velvety rich froth is the reason the matcha lattes made in coffee shops taste so great. Take the extra step to froth milk at home using my French press method to make perfect froth at home.
Notes & Tips
- Good quality matcha is what makes the drink a really nice bright color. Matcha that’s less than $15 is going to be more brown than green so look to spend $20-$30. Usually, the more expensive the matcha, the better the quality.
- When whisking matcha with a bamboo whisk, make sure to move it using a vigorous up and down motion instead of circles. The goal is to break up the matcha as much as possible.
- Sifting matcha is key to preventing clumps.
- You can sweeten your matcha latte with anything from brown sugar to date syrup.
Questions You May Have
A bamboo matcha whisk works the best for making matcha lattes, 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.
Yes, there’s caffeine in matcha so there’s caffeine in a matcha latte.
There are two ways to make cafe-quality froth. One is using an electric milk frother 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 a few seconds.
The electric milk frother heats milk and froths at the same time, so no need to heat milk separately like you would with the French press method. Plus, it’s a lot easier to clean than a French press.
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- 1 ¼ cup milk (any kind)
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 teaspoon matcha + more for dusting
- 1 teaspoon honey or sugar
- Combine milk and honey. Froth sweetened milk.To make cafe-quality froth, 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.
- Sift matcha into a bowl. Add hot water and whisk.Sifting prevents clumps from forming and makes it easier to whisk the matcha. Use a matcha whisk and vigorously move it up and down, in a "W" shape. Don't swirl the matcha in circles since that doesn't create enough friction in the water to break apart the matcha.
- Pour frothed milk into a cup then add whisked matcha. Optional: Top off drink with a dusting of matcha powder. Stir before drinking.
- The brighter the green, the higher the quality of matcha. For lattes, get matcha in the $20-$30 price range.
- Sift and whisk matcha to prevent clumps. Use a mesh strainer to sift.
- Matcha lattes taste better when it’s a little sweetened to balance out any bitterness.
- A bamboo matcha whisk works the best for making matcha lattes, 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 for 30 seconds.
- Velvety rich froth is the reason the matcha lattes made in coffee shops taste so great. Take the extra step to froth milk at home using my French press method to make perfect froth at home.