You have heard about lattes; we all have. But have you heard of matcha lattes? It is visually gorgeous and delightfully tasty. This is a unique latte with a Japanese twist. Matcha lattes contain lightly sweetened milk poured on a base of matcha tea.
Matcha powder is created from the whole leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. After harvest, the leaf of this plant is ground into a fine green powder known as matcha powder. It is famed worldwide due to its numerous health benefits.
Today you will learn to make the matcha latte at home using high-quality matcha green tea latte powder.
How to Make Matcha Lattes with Matcha Powder?
A cup of steaming hot matcha latte is an easy drink you can make at home whenever you like. You do not need too many ingredients or tools to brew this drink. But before we start with the recipe, you need to know a little about matcha, given that it is the main ingredient of this drink.
What is Matcha?
Matcha powder, as mentioned before, is made by grounding the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Matcha tea is made by dissolving the powder in hot or warm water. If you visit Kyoto in Japan, do go to a tea shop to taste some authentic matcha tea.
Matcha has numerous proven health benefits like preventing liver damage, reducing the risk of heart diseases and promoting heart health, strengthing our immunity, and much more.
Matcha-based food and drink recipes have gained popularity all over the world. Most cafes serve matcha latte in Australia due to its increasing demand.
Making Matcha Latte at Home
- A small whisk or frother
- Coffee cup of your choice
Ingredients for Matcha Latte:
- Matcha powder – 1 ½ tsp
- Hot milk – ½ cup
- Hot water – 1 tbsp
- Sweetener or honey to taste
Step 1: Heat the Water
Heat the water in a kettle for about two minutes. Here you have to be careful to keep the water hot. To make the matcha latte, you cannot use boiling water.
Step 2: Sift the Matcha Powder
If you have fine matcha powder, then skip this step. However, if your matcha powder has clumped into little pieces, take a sifter and pour the powder into it. The sifter will break up the clumps to help you make a cup of smooth matcha tea.
Step 3: Hot Water and Matcha Powder
Take the coffee cup and pour the hot water and matcha powder into it. Whisk the mixture with great vigour until it turns into a loose paste.
Make sure that the matcha is wholly mixed, leaving behind no lumps. Once you have the paste, pour some more water and whisk again.
Step 4: Heat the Milk
Keep the matcha tea aside and heat ½ cup of milk on the stove. You can also use almond, cashew, or coconut milk as vegan options instead of regular cow’s milk in this recipe. While warming the milk, mix the sweetener or honey in it.
Now pour the hot milk into the matcha mixture and use a milk frother to whisk them thoroughly. This helps the matcha and milk combine properly and gives a frothy appearance to the drink.
And that is it. You now have a cup of warm and delicious matcha latte in your hand.
Where To Buy Matcha Latte Powder?
Before buying matcha powder, you have to consider what you will use it for. The reason for that is because there are different grades of matcha powder crafted for specific purposes.
The two main categories of matcha tea powder are Culinary and Ceremonial. Culinary grade matcha powder is again divided into five more categories: classic, premium, cafe, kitchen, and ingredient.
Ceremonial matcha powder is only used to make matcha teas for drinking. Culinary or food-grade matcha tea powders are used for cooking and baking. To make the matcha latte, you must buy culinary-grade matcha powder.
At Matcha Maiden, we offer our patrons a wide variety of organic matcha powder. Our organic matcha powder is sourced from the lush hills of Uji in Kyoto, Japan. The leaves are stone ground to make the fine green matcha powder, which is then delivered to our customers.
Go ahead and make this delicious drink and home and enjoy it with your loved ones at any time of the day.