It’s coffee shop drink makeover time! I always feel so satisfied when I come up with a delicious recipe for a coffee shop favorite. I find it so rewarding to know that I can make something just as tasty using wholesome ingredients for a fraction of the price. My salted caramel latte is one of my favorites, but today I’m veering away from the coffee and focusing on tea. Specifically matcha tea. My matcha latte recipe makes a warm, frothy, and creamy treat.
A Matcha Latte Defined
I’ve loved matcha since a friend first introduced me to it back in high school, but if you’ve never gotten to know matcha, I’ll introduce you.
Matcha is a specially prepared type of green tea. Growers cover the tea plants for the last few weeks of their growth to cause the chlorophyll concentration to increase. Then, when they harvest the leaves, they dry them and grind them into a fine powder. I wrote a whole post about matcha and its health benefits if you’d like to know more.
To make most teas, the chopped-up tea leaves are steeped in hot water and then removed. But unlike other teas, for matcha tea, the powdered tea leaves are stirred into hot water.
For a matcha latte, matcha powder is whisked together with a little hot water and then mixed with warm milk.
Here are a few other ways I use matcha:
How to Make a Matcha Green Tea Latte
Matcha lattes are super simple to make. All you need is matcha powder, warm water, milk, and a little honey. Most are everyday ingredients that you probably already have. For the matcha, I use Pique Tea matcha packets. Each packet is exactly the amount I need for this recipe.
To make it: Warm the milk in a pan on the stove. While it’s heating, use a small whisk to mix together the matcha powder, warm water, and honey in a small bowl or the bottom of your mug. Pour in the warm milk and you’re done.
- Vanilla matcha latte – add a little vanilla extract
- Iced matcha green tea latte – use cold milk and pour it all over ice
- Latte with Foam – use a French press to make your warm milk frothy by pumping the handle up and down
I have a little traditional bamboo whisk that I use to whisk the matcha into the hot water. It’s totally not a necessity, but it really does make the matcha nice and smooth and creamy. Package it up with some matcha and a mug and it would make a cute gift for a tea lover!
More Coffee Shop Favorites Made at Home
I’ve played with a lot of coffee and tea recipes over the years. Here are some favorites:
- 1 packet matcha powder or 1 tsp
- 1 TBSP hot water
- 1 TBSP honey optional
- 1 cup milk warmed
- In a mug, whisk together the matcha powder, hot water, and honey.
- Pour in the warmed milk.