Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Written by Becky

Anyone else a fan of green tea lattes? As a part owner of a artisan coffee roasting company, I must confess that even I, from time to time, will have a visit to SB (you know what I’m talking about!). But, when I do shamefully walk in, I most commonly order a Green Tea Latte verses their coffee. Recently, a Japanese student of mine introduced me to Matcha Green Tea Lattes, and now I’m really hooked.  Luckily, these aren’t served in the big SB so I’ll be making them at home or visiting my local tea shop.

Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

After seeing an article in Bon Appetit about Matcha Lattes, I first asked my Japanese student, Yuki, where to get Matcha powder cheaply in the city.  She kindly responded that you can’t get it cheaply anywhere.  Her friend sends her matcha powder in the mail from Japan and even then she only sends a small amount. This stuff is like powdered gold!

Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

The reason why matcha green tea powder is so expensive is because of its many health benefits.   The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. Here are just a few of the health benefits: calms and relaxes, fights against viruses and bacteria, rich in fiber, lowers cholesterol, rich in antioxidants, and boosts metabolism.

Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Yuki, generously brought me a tiny clear bag of this foreign green powder to class one day. I, overly ecstatic, thanked her for the gift of my current drug of choice.  I could hardly wait to concoct something at home with this magical green powder. My mind filled with dreamy green thoughts of match pound cake and match almond lattes…

Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

That day, she also showed me the beautiful customs around sharing Matcha tea (see Instagram photo here).  The whole class drank the tea together and enjoyed learning about the history of matcha and the age old traditions behind tea drinking in Japan.  The whole process was beautiful and exact, from the way to whisk the powder into the water or milk, and how to hold the cup and pass it to the next person.  If you know me well, you know that it was a little taste of heaven for me, experiencing God’s creativity through cultural uniqueness. I will forever think of Yuki and her Japanese traditions when I sip a cup of Matcha!

Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Rating: 51

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 1 latte

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup plain almond milk or regular milk
  • honey to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring enough water to a boil for the amount of servings you are making. Whisk 1 teaspoon matcha powder per serving with 1/4 cup boiling water. Once powder is dissolved into water, mix in the milk. Sweeten to taste with honey or agave.
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Comments (58)

  1. If you are looking for high quality Matcha then check out our website. We are the largest producer of Matcha green tea in the world and we are a family owned company founded in 1888.

    We have a office located in LA serving North America.

  2. I also have a coffee shop and will sometimes catch myself pulling my jacket hood up and walking into SB. I find that occasionally having to pay for a latte keeps me humble ;)

  3. I love the green tea latte that I found at woolworths – use to drink it like crazy. then one day it disappeared and Woolworths claim that they never sold it……. but I swear they did.

  4. Just ordered an iced green tea latte at SB- it was so poorly made (tons of extra powder clumping at the bottom) that I went to whole foods and bought myself some matcha to make a better one at home!

  5. Just a suggestion to dissolve the green tea in a little cold water or water at 60 degrees C or 140 degrees F as boiling water makes the matcha bitter.
    Cheers!

  6. Just thought you should all know that the Starbucks green tea lattes are sweetened with icing sugar even if you ask for the not sweetened version. Their matcha powder has icing sugar added to it. It’s a shame if you are trying to cut out sugar and be healthy!

  7. Yep, this stuff is super expensive. I usually bought the powder from a Korean Market (or Japanese) in Washington. It cost $10 for less than a cup of matcha, the container was glass, all made in Japan with Hirigana writings on it… so worth the price I guess. I actually never try a matcha latte at SB before, usually just green tea latte.

  8. That’s really sweet. Buy your matcha online. Or go to your nearest Japantown. Better yet, move to my area in Saitama. I have a grocery store here that sells a small tin for ¥1,000. Don’t ever speak about Starbucks and Matcha again; nor take recipes from a Westerner attempting to demonstrate Eastern heritage.

  9. Bought Matcha powder from Amazon, summer 2012. 6 ounces in a pressurized sealed can. I think it was about $30 delivered. Then came across a 16 ounce package for about $32 delivered, address in Taiwan. Had to do that, too. Shipped within an hour (Email notice) I guess by clipper ship. From somewhere in China through Hong Kong to the Port Of Houston. Promised delivery was 2 months, actual delivery final stage US Mail, 4 weeks. Package had customs declaration on it. Love it! Tea straight from China!

  10. Starbucks Secret Menu: Green Safari Frappuccino

    Green Tea Frappucchino
    Add Hazelnut syrup (1.5 tall; 3 grande; 4 venti)
    Add Caramel syrup ( .5-1 tall; 1.5 grande; 2 venti)
    Add Java chips
    optional: Top with whipped cream and Caramel drizzle

    [My notes: Do it all! Don't ask about the calorie count! It is super cold- try it on a warm day.]

  11. I was all excited when I saw a Green Tea Smoothie mix at Smart & Final. It’s a 32 oz container for about $10. It does have matcha in it, but I was disappointed to see how much artificial stuff and sweetener is in it. I tried it anyway, and you have to add far too much to get that nice green color and matcha flavor, and then it’s too sweet. Ah, well, foiled again! Thanks for all the info, I will have to purchase online.

    • Eric, I used to get the Risha one from Whole Foods but they must have stopped stocking it or something because I can’t find it or any other matcha powder there anymore. Sad!!

  12. I stumbled across this page after having tried my first Tea Grotto matcha latte, then wandered across the street to the asian market to buy powder to make my own, and googling recipes. I just happened to scroll down to read the comments and noticed someone mentioned Tea Grotto, and then checked the about page to see if the same one here in Salt Lake. What a funny, small world! (The matcha I grabbed was $8.19 for 8 oz., and I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m excited to with this recipe!)

  13. My favorite in green tea is Matcha, especially Smoothie Grade Matcha that consider very vital in my daily diet.I was skeptical when I first read “Put 1 teaspoon (0.5 grams) of Matcha in your smoothie to give yourself an energy boost, reduce cancer and lose weight!” But because I was looking for proofs, I had to try it myself to believe Matcha wonders. Matcha boosts my body energy on a daily basis. Now I’m a Matcha enthusiast.
    To keep good levels of matcha antioxidants, stay away from adding milk to your matcha food, as it will reduce or even cancel the antioxidants. That’s not what you want. If you want the same taste and don’t want to lose the antioxidants, I recommend swapping the milk for almond milk.

  14. I’m glad i found this site. Since starting a daniel fast, ive found these to be a heavenly treat! Going out to find matcha powder. Starbucks is so good but too sweet and I’d like to avoid artificial sweetners and white sugar. Price for a grande S4.75 ill go broke at this rate!

  15. FYI, do not make this with boiling water. The matcha will be scorched and you’ll need more sweetener to balance the bitter taste. Matcha is sweet as it is, so you shouldn’t have to sweeten it too much to balance it if you make it right. You need to use water that is between 150- 170 degrees so you don’t ruin the tea. This tea has health benefits, but the main reason it is so expensive is because of the high quality of the tea leaves used. They use tencha, a form of gyokuro (the highest grade of Japanese teas) that has had all of the leaf veins removed. Then they grind it using a stone mill. It is this production process that really bumps up the price. Also, if you are attempting to eliminate caffeine intake, DO NOT DRINK THIS. This has more caffeine than a cup of coffee, since you are consuming the tea leaf itself. I have yet to come across decaf matcha, but it’s safe to say that it does not exist since the Japanese revere this tea so much and the decaf process changes the flavor slightly.

  16. Hi Becky, found you through Pinterest. Love vintagemixer. Wholefoods carries a brand of regular and organic Matcha called DoMatcha, comes in a small round tin, approx. $27 dollars. I’ve bought the organic one. It’s really good.

  17. I sprinkle it on my egg white omelette with spinach sun dried tomato feta. I’ve mixed it in my chili, overnight oats.. Anything to get the benefit. I found it online at amazon and think of karate kid 2 whenever I use it

  18. Hi guys! I’ve been with Starbucks for 6 years. Our green tea latte is actually made with matcha powder! Same with green tea frappucino…made with matcha! Always has been haha.

    (P.s. For the person complaining about the clumps in the iced green tea lattes, it’s “standard” for us to put the matcha on top and shake it, the clumps are meant to be there haha. Sorry, gotta defend the SB, or at least the baristas a bit!)

    Here is the recipe:
    Liquid sugar
    Matcha powder
    Milk
    You steam the milk in with the matcha and there ya go!

    I buy matcha from my work so I’m excited to try your version since I don’t have a milk steamer at home!

    • Cupcake, Starbuck green tea lattes are definitely a favorite of mine! That was the inspiration behind making them at home. I especially like the melon-like flavor of them at Starbucks – what is that exactly? Thanks for your comment!

  19. You had me so confused because you mentioned that Starbucks didn’t have matcha green tea lattes, except I know for a fact that their green tea lattes have always been made with matcha. Personally, I always get an extra scoop of it to boost the flavor…

    And wasn’t the melon syrup in the green tea lattes discontinued years ago? It used to be standard a long time ago but they use classic now (simple syrup).

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