How To Make Matcha Latte At Home (and Why You Should!)
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To make matcha latte at home like a pro, it’s possible! In this blog post, I teach you the easy way to make yourself delicious matcha and take you through the numerous benefits of this incredible tea.
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that matcha is part of my everyday life. Cold or warm, I am obsessed with matcha lattes, but that has not always been the case.
When I first discovered matcha and tried to make my own at home, I was sooo disappointed. To me, it tasted way too bitter and I didn’t like the lumpy texture… I told myself, do people really enjoy drinking this?
Despite this not so enjoyable experience, I still wanted to understand why so many people were raving about this drink.
So I persevered and made my research to find how do Japanese make matcha (because no, stirring with a spoon is definitely not enough lol).
When I did found out, I told myself: Shit, that looks complicated! How many steps are there and what the hell are all these utensils? Oh and all matcha teas aren’t the same?!
So if you’ve been through the same thinking, please let me be your last hope! After getting myself my first ever whisk and premium matcha, I figured out how to make matcha latte at home, without it having to be as complicated as I actually thought.
The health benefits
Before going through how to make matcha latte at home, let me inform you about why matcha is considered a superfood and how your health will benefit from it.
Even though matcha is now trending in the world, it is by now means a new thing since the Japanese have been using it for many many years as a natural remedy.
Unlike standard teas that are aimed to be infused, matcha is obtained by grounding green tea leaves. This enables to consume the entire leaf and therefore benefit from all its nutrients and antioxidants.
Matcha has the benefit to contain EGCG, an antioxidant that may help stabilize free radicals, which are responsible for cell deterioration.
Furthermore, it has been proved that matcha contains 137 times more EGCG than regular green tea (source)!
Therefore, matcha could be helpful to boost the immune system, heal cancer and other inflammatory diseases, but also to combat cholesterol and arterial hypertension.
Due to its L-theanine content, matcha could also be beneficial to help reduce stress and improve brain function (memory, attention).
Choosing the right matcha
As you can imagine, matcha becoming very popular is a great opportunity for brands to ride on the trend.
That’s why you should be wary of cheap matcha such as the ones you find at your grocery store; their quality could be compromised!
These are a few tips to follow when choosing your matcha. Make sure it is:
- From Japan (that’s where it is produced!)
- Organic so you can benefit from all its nutrients
- “Premium” or “Ceremonial“, but not culinary ones that are made to cook with
- 100% matcha, no other ingredients should be there!
You will also be able to find out if your matcha is a good-quality one through its color. Matcha should be vibrant green, not khaki nor yellowish. But obviously, this is something you’ll only be able to tell once you buy and open your package.
In terms of price, you might want to note that matcha can be pretty expensive. However, keep in mind that premium matcha will last you a pretty long time since you won’t need a lot of it for a serving!
These are the matcha brands I recommend:
- The organic matcha from nu3 is not that bad for the price and can be a good option if it’s your first time trying matcha
- Matcha teas from Ippodo Tea which have an amazing reputation. On their website, they offer different types of matcha as well as different strength levels
- Ceremonial matcha from Matchaful, which are also high-quality ones
How to make matcha latte
- 1/2 to 1 tsp matcha tea
- 80ml hot water (80°C/175°F)
- 200ml warm nut milk
- 1 tsp honey, maple or agave syrup (optional)
Start by running your whisk under water for a few seconds.
Add matcha into the bowl and cover with a little bit of hot water.
Start whisking following an “M” shape (see pics below).
Once you get to dissolve all lumps, add remaining water and whisk a few times more.
Add preheated milk – my favorite with matcha is my homemade cashew milk, yum! – and add sweetener of choice if you feel like you need to.
Notes and variations
To make an iced matcha latte, I would still recommend you whisking the matcha with hot water. Then, add cold water, cold milk, and a few ice cubes!
- If you struggle removing clumps, try to dry whisk your matcha before adding any water (powder can clump when sitting together)
So are you into matcha yet? Let me know in the comments!