Beginner's guide to Matcha + Matcha Latte recipe!
I love me some matcha! If you have followed me for any time at all, that would probably be evident in I post about it allll the time! It was a game changer for my morning routine.
This recipe is SUPER simple. I have friends and family ask me about matcha quite often, so this is for them! For those that are super hesitant but curious! This is for times like these when money is tight but you still want that sweet matcha fix. I am no matcha expert, but I am happy to share what I have learned over the years being a major matcha lover and enthusiast!
My Matcha journey
I first discovered matcha when I traveled to Japan on tour with Hair. I depended on the in room coffee machines for my morning coffee fix, but that did not exist in our Japanese hotel room! Just a kettle and a whole bunch of matcha green tea bags! It took some getting used to. My 23 year old self was used to super creamy & sugary coffee and this was just straight green tea. Bitter. I remember saying it “tasted like grass” BUT it was the most clean energy boost I had ever felt, with no crash later on. Praise to the caffeine gods on a two show day! Since everything else was COVERED in matcha ( think cookies, biscuits, pretzels, and the blessed green tea kit kats) I definitely developed a taste for it during those few weeks! I didn’t start drinking matcha lattes on my own until years later when I started noticing that the acidity of coffee could really upset my stomach. I didn’t want to give up my morning caffeine routine, but I felt that I needed to make a change. I had noticed matcha lattes trending in the wellness world so I picked up some tips, watched some tutorials, and snagged some matcha powder to give it a go on my own and have loved it ever since! I have since experimented with matcha in many different ways (see the “Drinks” highlight on my instagram). Matcha has become a staple in my life.
Benefits of Matcha
Fillled with antioxidants.
L-Theanine - an amino acid that helps focus and has calming affects.
Rich in Chlorphyll
Less caffeine than coffee, with a better boost and no crash.
The quality of the matcha powder itself can greatly affect the taste of your matcha. Matcha has such a rich history, which I won’t go too deep into now because I am no expert, but I have done quite a bit of research and really love and respect the traditions surrounding matcha. When looking to buy matcha powder, the ceremonial grade is going to be your best bet. You want your matcha to be a bright vibrant green when brewed. The ceremonial grade quality will give you that result. For the sake of these times, I used a slightly lower quality matcha for this recipe than I would prefer, but it has a lovely flavor and will last me FOREVER! I’m going to start baking with it as well! We found this bag at our Costco and it has lasted. It's what we have right now and I am grateful for it!
Sift your matcha! This may sound strange sine matcha is already a powder, but I am telling you it makes a GINORMOUS difference! I was just told this a few months ago and it has changed the game! Sifting your matcha before you whisk will greatly help the powder dissolve and creates a much smoother latte in my opinion.
Whisk or froth in zig zag motions. Even if your using a milk frother, adding the side to side “zig zag” motion really helps with the mixture.
1tsp matcha powder
1 cup hot water
1/3 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)
1/2- 1 tsp honey (depending on how sweet you like it!)
Dash of cinnamon
Stove + small pot OR kettle
Milk frother - can substitute shaker bottle or blender! I’ve linked my $12.99 frother here! OR you can be the coolest and use a matcha brush. I really want one!
Sifter - If you don’t have a sifter, you can also use a tea ball. I’ve been doing this at my parent’s house.
Mug for finished product!
Set your cup of water to light boil.
In a separate cup, warm coconut milk in microwave about 45 seconds.
Once warm add honey, cinnamon, and froth.
Sift 1 Tsp matcha into mug.
Once water is boiling, add about 1/4 cup to the mug with the matcha. Using the frother & with zig zag motions, combine the match + water.
Add the remaining hot water first, then your milk mixture on top. Feel free to froth again if you so choose and top with a dash more cinnamon. Happy sippin!
Super simple and yet super flavorful morning matcha! If you have been wanting to give matcha a try, this is a simple and cool proof way to test it out! Once you get comfy, experiment away with different types of matcha and different additions to your recipe.
Let me know if you try and how you feel about matcha after!