Every morning when I wake up, I make Jacob and I lattes. Still half asleep I measure out the coffee grounds, boil the water, and froth the milk. It’s a morning routine that I follow strictly. These lattes wake me up every morning and I truly enjoy making them everyday. Recently, I decided to cut back the amount of coffee I was having each day. I was having at least two and sometimes even three or four lattes and I started to feel it. I would get headaches midday from all of the caffeine and I was constantly dehydrated. So, I wanted to find another drink that I could enjoy without having all of that caffeine. And thus, the Matcha Latte was introduced to my kitchen.
Now I have been drinking Matcha for a few years now but it was always an on and off again thing. I always went back to coffee. Then, like I mentioned above, I realized I was drinking too much coffee and decided to give Matcha another try. I wanted to perfect the Matcha Latte so that I would get the same level of satisfaction I get from drinking a really good cup of coffee. And I have to say, I think I have gotten pretty dang close to the perfect Matcha Latte.
Now you might be wondering, what is Matcha? Matcha is very finely ground green tea leaves and you might have heard some people refer to it as green tea powder! The flavor of your matcha will depend on the quality you buy, the region it comes from, and various other factors. Generally speaking, matcha has a very full-bodied flavor, ‘earthy’ notes, and just a hint of sweetness. The flavor is sort of hard to explain because it is so unique and admittedly it takes some getting used to. But once you get used to the flavor, you’re mouth will be watering for more! It should be noted that there are various different grades of Matcha (ceremonial, culinary, etc.) but I just stick to the best quality that I can get at my local grocery store. It can seem a little intimidating at first but trust me, if you get a good matcha powder and a few special tools, you will be making Matcha Lattes like it’s nobodies business!
Now, like I mentioned above, you do need a few special tools to make a good Matcha Latte. First things first, you will need either: (1) A Matcha whisk or (2) an electric handheld frother. You need one of these tools to effectively dissolve the matcha powder in the hot water. The last thing you want in your latte is lumps of dry matcha powder, trust me, it is… yuck! You can get either one of these tools for around $10 and either will work perfectly. The next piece of equipment that I think is a must if you like making lattes on the regular is a Standalone Milk Frother. Now, you certainly can use the handheld milk frother for both the whisking of the matcha and frothing of the milk, however, let me tell you why I don’t recommend doing that. If you use a handheld milk frother, you will have to heat the milk gently in a saucepan, transfer it to a cup, and then froth it yourself. If you have a standalone milk frother (most of them) heat and froth the milk perfectly for you! Also, you can make multiple drinks in a lot quicker. Trust me, if you like lattes you NEED one of these. And that’s really it for “special equipment” for these Matcha Lattes.
So, if you’re looking for a new drink to try, I HIGHLY recommend giving Matcha a try! You can enjoy it hot or cold depending on what you’re in the mood for. If you try this recipe or any other from the blog please share your photos, thoughts, or comments with me. I’d love to hear from you! Happy baking everyone!
1-2 Teaspoons High Quality Matcha Powder
4 Tablespoons Hot Water
1 Teaspoon Honey (optional)
½-¾ Cup Milk
In a cup, add the matcha powder and hot water (the water should be just below the boiling point). Use a matcha whisk or handheld electric milk frother (see notes) until the matcha powder is dissolved and no lumps remain. Add in the honey (if using) and mix until dissolved. Set aside.
If using a standalone milk frother: Pour about ½-¾ Cup Milk into the milk frother (depending on the size of your cup) and ‘hot’ froth the milk according to your frothers directions.
If using a handheld frother: Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat on a stove until simmering (not boiling!). Transfer the milk to small pitcher (like this one) or a cup and using the handheld frother, froth until the milk is slightly doubled in volume and has gained some foam.
Pour the milk over the match, pouring in as much or as little foam as you prefer. Top with a light dusting of matcha powder (optional) and enjoy hot!
You can find Matcha Powder at almost every grocery store nowadays or online through various shops. I always buy mine at Whole Foods because I feel like when I order it online, it’s never as fresh. However, you can still find very good Matcha Powder online and i’ll link a few that I have tried below:
You can use whatever milk you would like. I use Whole Milk but you certainly could use a lower fat percentage, almond milk, coconut milk, or even oat milk!
In regards to the type of milk frother you use, I have used both the standalone and handheld frothers and I like both. To froth a large amount of milk, I definitely prefer the standalone frother. I make 3-5 lattes a day between my husband and I and it makes things WAY easier. However, you can pick up a little handheld frother and it will work perfectly fine, it just takes a little bit longer!