How to Make a Matcha LatteOriginally published on March, 4th 2018. Last updated on April 25th, 2020 Skip to Recipe
If you’ve followed me on Instagram (@mytinylagunakitchen), you’ve most likely seen in one of my stories, me drinking a matcha latte. I am absolutely in love with making them and they have become my favorite part of my daily routine. I’ve gotten a lot of requests on how to make this recipe along with providing some tips and tricks, so here’s how to make a matcha latte!
Before we get started, the matcha latte I make is usually the potion where I add in all of my adaptogens and CBD oil. Now let me be very clear you DO NOT have to have all the fancy adaptogens or CBD oil to enjoy matcha every day. The adaptogens are completely optional and you can make a delicious matcha potion with only matcha, water, milk & sweetener of your choice.
These adaptogens & additions definitely won’t hurt, they only make the potion a little more magical!
If you are close to me or have been following my journey, you know I struggle with digestive issues, adrenal function & high anxiety. Everyone is different, but for me, this potion really makes a difference in my mood and energy every morning. Having that ritual and something to look forward to really helps in the morning, almost like a blessing to myself and loved ones.
So why did I choose matcha instead of coffee or another beverage? Besides loving the taste and it’s magical green color, it has just a little bit of caffeine for a pick me up and is loaded with antioxidants.
Oh, and it has a TON of other amazing benefits:
- Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Prevents disease
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
(Benefits sourced from http://matchasource.com/health-benefits-of-matcha-tea/)
While I like the taste of coffee, drinking coffee has never been a thing for me. It’s way too packed with caffeine and I feel all jittery – no joke, literally heart palpitations! Therefore, Matcha is the most magical potion that I truly love to add to my morning routine. After these tips and tricks, I hope they will be apart of yours as well.
Choosing your Matcha
Like teas and coffees, the best latte’s come from the best sources. When just learning about how to make a matcha latte, it can be a little overwhelming. There are different grades, brands, etc. The first tip is to avoid food grade and go for ceremonial grade. Food grade is for cooking (like cookies or baked goods) and has a little stronger taste. I’d recommend going with a ceremonial grade matcha since it’s meant for drinking. Yes, it might cost a little bit more, but if you want to enjoy your latte, I’d highly recommend it.
After choosing the grade, I’d select a reputable brand. The brands I’ve tried and loved are:
Rishi Barista Matcha: I was so pleased to find this Matcha, as it is the most vibrant green, is very smooth and flavorful. It’s honestly my new go-to as it’s organic, & very affordable. It comes in a beautiful large bag and has lasted me months without losing its quality.
Ippodo Matcha – Balanced: Holy moly this blend has to be one of the top choices. Their matcha is so soft and smooth with absolutely delicious taste. It was the closet Matcha brand I could find that tasted like a jar of matcha that one of my best friends brought me from a small farm in Japan. I was so stoked to find something similar and with such a potent quality. I’d highly recommend this brand!
Mizuba Daily Matcha: I found this brand while going to Portola Coffee Roasters in Costa Mesa, CA. They serve matcha lattes and I was lucky enough, that they sell this brand in-store. I also read about the brand from Alison Wu. They are a small company out of Portland, OR and I love their story! They source their matcha from a small farm in Japan. This blend is more of my everyday Matcha as it is incredibly smooth and yummy with no compromise in flavor. Also a great price point!
If you have any brands you love and would like to let me know of, please do! I’m always interested in trying other magical brands, just tag me on Instagram (@mytinylagunakitchen) or comment below!
Drink it warm, not hot!
The biggest tip to making a delicious matcha latte is to heat up the water to the right temperature and not too hot. Shoot for a temperature between 155 and 160 degrees F. Do NOT boil the water like you would for tea, or you will extract unwanted, bitter flavors. When I make my matcha latte I use a Breville Electric Kettle where I can digitally set the temperature. This makes sure I get all of the delicious flavor notes and it’s definitely not bitter! With the electric kettle I don’t have to guess and it gets heated to the right temperature all the time!
After you have your water, you will need to sift your matcha to make sure all of the clumps are out. Here is the bamboo whisk I use to sift the matcha. Using the whisk and sifting the matcha will result in a much smoother and even drink!
It’s not a latte without milk
This is where the creativity starts! When making a matcha latte, milk choice adds those subtle, delicious flavor notes and adds to the richness of the drink. Being dairy-free, I like to get creative and make my own nut or seed-based milks. Ever since I’ve gotten my Almond Cow (use STEPHANIE for $15 off), I’ve been able to be even more creative and try a variety of different nut and seed combinations with ease. One of my personal favorites is a pumpkin-seed and almond milk that’s oh so smooth and creamy! It works great in my matcha lattes.
Now when getting that frothy goodness in the latte, I’d highly recommend this Breville Milk Cafe Frother. It allows you to froth any milk with ease! When making my matcha lattes, I make sure that they are extra frothy. However, if you don’t have the milk cafe frother, you can use a whisk or hand held milk frother. It will really enhance the final elixir!
Make it Your Own!
One of my favorite parts of making a matcha latte is customizing the final elixir. For my matcha I always add a sweetener (usually stevia), some adaptogens, and CBD oil. Adding CBD oil to this tincture was a recommendation from my naturopath. He recommends a little bit of CBD oil daily to help with anxiety, digestion, and mood. What better way to get your daily dose of CBD and adaptogens then in your daily matcha?
A few extra notes:
- If you are not sugar-free feel free to use honey or coconut sugar – I would start with a teaspoon of honey and add more to taste if you desire. You can also use stevia if you do not have raw monk fruit on hand.
- P.S. I also really have to credit Lee From America & Alison Wu for inspiring me while reading their posts. If you want even more matcha inspiration they are a great resource!
Of course, let me know if you make it! I’d love to hear your customizations and how you modify the matcha latte to make it your own! Tag me on Instagram (@mytinylagunakitchen) or comment below!
- 1 Cup of Hot Water (155-160 degrees F)
- 1 Cup coconut milk (or any nut/seed-based milk)
- 1 Teaspoon matcha
- 1 Scoop collagen peptides
- 1/4 Teaspoon of stevia
- pinch of vanilla bean powder
Optional Add Ins
- 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon reishi powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon ashwagandha
- 1 Teaspoon organic ghee
- 1/2 Teaspoon City & Sea CBD oil use MYTINYLAGUNA15 for 15% off
- Warm the cup of water to approximately 155-160 degrees F. Do NOT go over or you will get bad flavor notes in your latte and it will taste extremely bitter!
- Put 1 teaspoon of matcha in your cup. Using a bamboo whisk, sift out any matcha chunks to make sure it's all evened out.
- Pour in your water. If you aren't using a blender, use a whisk or a milk frother to combine.
- Add in any of the additional ingredients to make your matcha magical!
- Mix in a blender on low to medium or use a whisk to combine fully. Should take about 3 minutes.