Love a Matcha Latte but have no love for dropping stacks of cash each week on getting them from your local coffee shop?… I’d fallen in love with the Starbucks Matcha Latte a couple years back… now I’ve not been drinking much tea as I’ve been pregnant the last 8 months as I am far too nervous about caffeine intake, but as my pregnancy is nearing the end I’ve learned how to make a matcha latte at home with the help of the darling Shelley from Totalitea… seriously for the price of a couple coffee shop matcha lattes you can get all of the supplies you need to make plenty a matcha latte at home!
disclaimer: I received product in exchange for this DIY post collaboration with Totalitea… but guess what!? I love matcha lattes and have been wanting to create a do it yourself post on how to make a matcha latte at home to share with you for some time now… who doesn’t like to save money and still have a tasty cuppa every morning!? When Shelley approached me to talk tea I was onboard to learn and share about matcha lattes, and to also share a really great LOCAL company with you all!
I visited Shelley at the Calgary Farmer’s Market and she gave me the low down on making a proper cuppa matcha and a matcha latte… we also talked about everything she’s got going on there… about 200 looseleaf teas and blends as the blends fluctuate with the seasons… I admitted to Shelley early on that that I’m pretty boring when it comes to tea… like I’m talking I like a cuppa black tea or an earl grey with milk and sugar… I’m not fancy… and I’ve never really found a herbal that gives me as much comfort as a nice black tea with milk and sugar… perhaps thats the Newfoundlander in me 🙂 On the advice of my Doula I’ve started drinking raspberry leaf tea… which Totalitea also stocks… and on my next trip to the Farmer’s Market I’m going to be picking up some of their Earle grey cream tea to try out…
Totalitea also has a great selection of tea accessories… like this beautiful flower matcha bowl, matcha whisks, tea travel mugs… all great things tea!
Okay lets get to the Matcha Latte!
- Matcha Powder – I’m a purist… lol… Totalitea offers a variety of flavored matcha powders but I love a plain ol Matcha latte so I’m working with their straight matcha powder for this recipe. Their Matcha is the real deal… it’s Chinese origin, First Flush (meaning that it is picked first in the Spring) Grade A, and certified organic by Pro-Cert! Then there are 10-12 different flavoured Matchas to chose from, some of the flavours vary with the seasons… so you have many tasty options to choose from!
- Almond Milk – I’ve been avoiding too much dairy intake now for quite some time, and I’m not super keen on soy, so unsweetened almond milk it is… but whatever milk you like will work juuuuust fine. I also make an iced latte below with coconut milk… mmm… whatever milk floats your boat!
- Honey – if you want your latte a little sweet try adding some honey… or another sweetener of your choice… agave perhaps? if you are using a flavoured matcha from Totalitea you may not need any sweetener as the flavoured Matcha powder have a little cane sugar in them already… only 4 grams per serving. I recommend making your Matcha latte without additional sweetener at first… then add your sweetener of choice to taste if you like your drinks a little sweeter!
- Matcha Bowl / Small Mixing Bowl / Mug
- Matcha Whisk / Small Metal Whisk
- Tea Kettle
- Microwave / Pot on Stove / Fancy steaming attachment on a fancy coffee maker / Milk warmer and brother – whichever you have that you can use to steam your choice of milk will work
Start by combining 1 tsp of matcha powder and 0.5 oz of hot water together in a small bowl or you can even do this right in your mug, and then whisk with your bamboo matcha whisk to mix the match powder and the water to create your base…
…fun fact!… the matcha powder doesn’t fully dissolve, rather the powder becomes suspended in the water with your vigorous whisking.
This is your matcha base! If you are working with a flavoured Matcha powder from Totalitea check the packaging to find out how much powder to use… with the flavoured Matchas you usually use a little more powder than just the straight Matcha.
Now fire up the kettle and boil the until it reaches 80 degrees C… if you don’t have a temp controlled kettle, just boil the kettle and let the water sit for 3-4 minutes to cool a little before you use it
Now if it’s too warm for you right now you can just as easily whip yourself up a nice Iced Matcha Latte…
Iced Matcha Latte
The iced version is very similar to the hot… Get your glass out and fill it with ice
Mix your matcha base… combine 1 tsp Matcha powder and 0.5oz of hot water and whisk until the Matcha is suspended in the water
Add the Matcha base to your iced glass…
…then add 1/2 cup of cold water, instead of hot…
Froth your cold milk and add your frothy cold milk to your glass… if you’re adding sweetener toss it into the frother with the milk for it to get whizzed into your milk
Now that we’re here follow the words of Bob Marley… stir it up.
Now… if you like your lattes more milky drop the 1/2 cup of water addition to your matcha base and go on and throw in 1 full cup of your milk… for either the hot or cold version!… mmmm… milky Matcha!…
…have fun!… play and tweak!… then come back and let me know how you’ve tweaked this recipe to make it your own! I’m looking forward to trying out your modifications!