How to Make a Matcha Tea Latte

Nutrition professionals recommend limiting sources of so-called empty calories, including many sugar-sweetened beverages. This doesn’t mean you have to stick to drinking just water, however. For a nutrient-rich beverage that provides you with a calming source of extra energy, consider making a matcha latte. This green tea beverage provides more antioxidants than spinach, blueberries, or regular green tea as well as fiber and a number of vitamins and minerals.

The regular method for making a latte using matcha involves first making a strong version of the tea and then adding milk.

Step 1

For each cup of matcha latte, you’ll need to heat 1/4 cup of water to boiling. This is necessary to dissolve the matcha green tea powder used instead of tea leaves when making matcha.

Step 2

When the water is boiling, whisk in one to two teaspoons of matcha in a zigzag motion to mix the powder into the water and form a froth. Sometimes it helps to put the matcha powder into the glass or bowl first and add a small amount of water to form a paste before adding the rest of the water and whisking.

Step 3

Once the water and matcha are combined, add 3/4 cup of the milk of your choice. You’ll want to warm the milk somewhat first so you don’t end up with a cold latte, but it doesn’t have to be boiling.

Step 4

Add any sweeteners that you may desire and enjoy.

You can make a slightly faster version of a latte by heating a cup of milk almost to boiling and then whisking this with the matcha powder instead of making the tea first. This will result in a creamier latte since it involves just milk with no water, but it saves you a step. An even faster alternative is to use a premixed matcha latte powder that already includes dried milk powder and sugar, but this doesn’t tend to be as healthy of an alternative. The matcha powder is sometimes of a lower quality and the main ingredient in some of these mixes is sugar rather than matcha.