As some of you may have realized by now, I am low-key obsessed with Starbucks. I used to be a barista and I have never fully been able to shake off my addiction to their drinks. My favorite summer drink is the Shaken Passion Tea Lemonade which I showed you how to replicate in the summer, but in the winter I am totally in love with the Matcha Green Tea Latte.
For the longest time, I have been trying to figure out how to make a matcha latte that didn't taste weird. If you have ever tried to make one you probably know that they often turn out SUPER bitter and a bit sandy.
The other day I had the opportunity to go to a little holiday craft market where Tea Sakao was selling their organic matcha green tea powder. The woman running the stand had a sample of a matcha tea latte that was to die for. I asked her how I could make my matcha lattes that nice and she said the key is to have fresh matcha powder that is bright green in color. Sometimes when Matcha has been stored too long it starts to lose it's freshness and will become discolored. Discolored matcha doesn't taste as good and will lose some of the nutritional benefits of fresh matcha. The other tip she gave me was to whisk your matcha powder with a bit of hot water before adding in your milk so that is doesn't have a sandy texture.
With these helpful tips, I have perfected my recipe for making the perfect Matcha Latte. For this recipe here is what you will need:
1tsp fresh matcha green tea powder ( I am using Tea Sakao's 100% pure raw Matcha Powder)
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup milk ( I use 1 % but soy and almond milk work great as well!)
1 tsp pure maple syrup
To make your latte, start by boiling some water in your kettle. Meanwhile, prepare your hot milk either with a steamer or if you don't have one you can warm it on the stove and froth it with a french press. Check out the full instructions on how to foam milk without a steamer here.
Once your water is boiled, measure out one teaspoon of your Matcha Powder into a large mug. Slowly add in 1/4 cup of boiled water into the mug while whisking vigorously to ensure there are no lumps of green tea powder.
Next, add in your maple syrup and continue to stir until well combined. At this point, your mixture should be a lovely bright green colour. Now, top of your latte with your steamed milk and give it a quick stir before enjoying.
I love Matcha lattes any time of day but I find they are particularly soothing in the afternoon when I need a little bit of extra energy.