Matcha Latte

Drinking matcha latte is part of my daily morning routine. I used to drink Italian or Korean coffee but replaced it with matcha when I started feeling sick from the caffeine crash and was trying to avoid it during my first trimester of pregnancy.

The Benefits of Matcha
Matcha has more caffeine than regular green tea but less caffeine than coffee. 1 tsp of matcha powder has about 68 mg of caffeine. One of the benefits of matcha is that the caffeine in matcha doesn’t give you that sudden crash like coffee does but gradually tapers off. It has a wealth of benefits for your health including containing antioxidants, it’s high in EGCG which is believed to help fight off cancer, helps prevent heart disease and diabetes, being good for your teeth by helping fight off cavities, and can help with weight loss.

I strongly encourage you to buy higher quality and pure matcha powder that is sourced from Japan. These high quality matcha powder are usually sold in small air tight containers with a high price tag. I do not recommend culinary grade but at least latte or ceremonial grade. The matcha powder should be bright green in color not a muddy green-brown. High quality matcha tastes very smooth and delicate. In my opinion, I find that most cafes and coffee shops don’t use high quality matcha powder but culinary grade while charging a high price. I personally think it’s best to make your own matcha latte since you know what the quality of your ingredients are while also saving money in the long term.

To save time, I make my daily matcha latte in a milk frother. I’ve used Breville Milk Café for several years before it broke down. I recently tried using the Jura Milk Frother which I thought made better froth but it was inconvenient because you cannot wash the milk jug in the dishwasher and you can only make one serving at a time. I bought another Breville Milk Café for convenience and its larger size so I can make several servings of matcha latte or foam for the occasional cappuccinos for my family or guests. 😊

To make matcha in a more traditional Japanese way, you can use a bamboo whisk and tea bowl that are also sourced from Japan. Kyoto is a lovely traditional city that sells many tea wares and high quality matcha products.

Yield: 1 serving
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp of high quality matcha powder
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tsp of honey (adjust to taste)

Instructions with milk frother

  1. Pour in milk in milk frother and add matcha. Turn on milk frother to desired temperature.
  2. Add honey, mix well, and enjoy!

If you don’t have a milk frother:

  1. Place matcha in cup/tea bowl and add ¼ cup of boiling water. Mix with whisk or teaspoon.
  2. Slowly add warmed milk and honey while mixing well. Enjoy!

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