Alright, first things first, I need to warn you: We’re going to be breaking 3 rules today. If you’re a sticker to doing things by the books, you might hate this. If, however, you like to live a practical life and to get things done in an efficient way, especially when it comes to not spending all day preparing a drink, you’re in the right place.
- 1st rule: We’re not going to be using any kind of fancy frothing machine or milk warming contraption, just a stove top and hand-frother that costs around $10. Some purists could say this isn’t technically a latte because the milk wasn’t warmed to a precise temperature with the exact right amount of steam, but we’re not here to appease the purists.
- 2nd rule: We’re preparing the matcha with that same handheld frother, rather than using a proper matcha set and a manual whisk. It’s not the ideal way to make matcha, but it’s faster and easier and we’re pretty confidant that any possible difference in taste will be covered by the milk, anyways. On that same note…
- 3rd rule: Many people say it’s a waste of good matcha to use ceremonial grade matcha green tea in a latte, because you simply won’t be able to tell the difference. Well, that’s what I have, so that’s what I’m going to use.
Alright, now that that’s all out of the way, and we’ve hopefully curbed most of the potential hate mail, let’s get right down to it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Just to cover all the bases, we’ll go over the basic setup but also provide some recommendations for those of you who want to do it “the right way”.
Here’s the barebones of what you’ll need to make a matcha latte at home on the cheap:
- A hand whisker
- Your favorite matcha tea
- Some way to heat up water and milk (A stove and a pot will do just fine)
Now if you’re a real fancy-pants, here are some other product suggestions:
- A fancy-schmancy 1%’er milk frother like this one (But wait until you see the price…)
- A traditional matcha kit
- Your favorite matcha tea
Some way to heat up water, like an electric kettle. We’ve reviewed a number of them, and picked our top choices for each budget range.
Making a Latte with Matcha
Bring a cup of water to a boil, pour it into a mug, and add approximately a 4 tsp of matcha green tea powder. You can add a little more than you normally would, since the milk is going to be diluting the flavor. Some people prefer a stronger matcha taste, others don’t – so make this a couple times and really dial in your recipe.
While the pot is still warm from boiling the water, I add milk and slightly reduce the temperature on the stove.
Meanwhile, I use a little power-whisk like the one pictured above to quickly mix the green tea powder with the water.
Now it’s time to froth the milk. I use about a cup. Careful not to hit the sides of your pan, especially if it has a special coating. Once it starts to steam a bit, and you’ve got a nice light froth going, carefully pour the milk into the cup with the matcha. Try to save the bubblier part of the froth on top to put on top of your drink, you can use a spoon or something to hold it in place while the more-liquid milk pours out beneath it and into your cup.
You can sweeten it however you’d like, sometimes I’ll mix a syrup in while I’m frothing the milk. Alternatively, you can get flavored and pre-sweetened matcha powders as well.
Matcha Green Tea Health Benefits
A matcha green tea latte, for all intents and purposes, isn’t all that much different health-wise than a regular espresso latte made with coffee. The matcha one will likely have less caffeine, and any of the other health benefits of green tea, depending on whether you subscribe to the health claims of tea or not. As usual, we recommend to drink tea because you enjoy it, not for any particular benefits health wise and definitely not to replace a visit to the doctor if something’s wrong.
Lattes obviously aren’t the only thing you can make out of green tea, here’s how to make a moisturizer for your skin out of green tea.