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Eat Well Mar. 17. 2015
Beverages

How to Make a Matcha Latte

Mar. 17. 2015
Beverages
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder

A delicious, dairy-free matcha latte using creamy coconut milk and high-quality matcha tea.

Whenever I share a picture on Instagram of one of my matcha tea lattes, you guys go crazy and ask for the recipe or a how-to guide on how to make them at home for yourselves. Well, I listened and am here to share my favorite matcha latte recipe, complete with my favorite tools to use and a step-by-step tutorial. Enjoy it with Pesto Green Eggs and Avocado Toast for an entire “green” meal in the morning.  Cheers to the most delicious coconut milk matcha latte that’s high in antioxidants, healthy fats, and completely dairy free!

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The Best Way to Brew Green Tea

Making green tea takes a bit of patience and finesse in itself even when using a tea bag. Most of us, myself included in the beginning, make green tea with water that’s far too hot which actually ruins the delicate flavor of green tea and doesn’t allow the nutrients to slowly release and open up as it should. The first two years I started drinking tea before it became a daily ritual for me, I was making green tea completely wrong! I’m also cringing as I’m writing this, but I used to microwave water with a green tea bag in it (YIKES!), which is probably the worst way you can make tea. Tea leaves need a little love during the process of brewing. Because of their delicate flavor and antioxidants, they require time and the right temperature to create the perfect mug of tea.

For me, the best way to enjoy a matcha latte is in the morning or in the afternoon after lunch where my mind and body are craving a little more “space” and time to relax, regroup, and focus on work and productivity. The entire process of making matcha tea is very therapeutic and I respect and wholeheartedly understand the ritual and ceremonies surrounding the simple task of making tea. If meditation has taught me anything, it’s that being completely in the present moment can make the most “mundane” tasks such as cleaning dishes or making a mug of tea completely satisfying and a moment filled with passion and focus.

Nowadays running Nutrition Stripped, my coaching practice, and writing, it’s been very easy for my mind and emotions to gravitate towards overwhelmed. Simple moments like this serve as a giant deep breath and air hug that reminds me that everything is working out as it should. My hope is that the next time you’re in the kitchen making a mug of matcha tea, or any type of tea for that matter, you can find a little mental and emotional “space” in your day as well.

What is Matcha?

Matcha tea is a young delicate tea leaf variety typically grown and processed in Japan. Matcha tea is typically used in Japanese tea ceremonies, which is on my to-do bucket list while traveling. I hope that when I visit Thailand this year, I can find a place to enjoy and observe a tea ceremony (not just with matcha!), so if you know of any comment below. (Update: see my Thailand trip here!) One of the greatest things about matcha tea is that it’s not just for lattes! You can actually add matcha tea powder to smoothies, cakes, cookies, muffins, pancakes, soup, and so much more.

Unlike normal teas, you’re actually drinking the entire matcha tea leaf, not just the tea water. This is one of many reasons why matcha tea is much more nutrient dense than standard green tea. Because of the many steps, care, and time it takes to create matcha tea, it tends to be more expensive than standard teas but is beyond worth it!

How to Store Matcha Tea

It’s extremely sensitive to both light and heat. As I mentioned earlier, it’s a very delicate young tea as most are hand picked in Japan, ground into a powder, then flash frozen to preserve the freshness as soon as they are picked to preserve freshness. After they’re flash frozen, it’s then that they’re packaged into a container. Most matcha tea brands store it in foil or in a dark container. It’s natural that the matcha will oxidize since that’s naturally what happens when the package is opened and it’s exposed to light. The goal is to keep it as dark and airtight as possible to decrease the time it oxidizes. Another way to keep it fresh it to store it in the fridge or freezer.  I find this optimal for those of you who don’t drink it daily.

 

What You’ll Need for a Matcha Latte:

For me, the foam is a must-have for enjoying any type of latte, and it’s best created using a hand-held milk frother. For the pictures here, to create the foam I’ve only used a bamboo whisk as most of you would have this rather than a milk frother, and both create a beautiful result! Here is a list of my favorite tools to use when making a matcha latte. An added bonus is that they’re affordable, and if you get a high-quality matcha tea it lasts a really long time!

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Antioxidants

Matcha tea is very high in antioxidants, amino acids, and chlorophyll, which is responsible for its beautiful bright green color. Antioxidants are a must-have in your diet to help fight off free radicals and diseases like cancer. All green teas have antioxidants, but because matcha is so concentrated, you get even more in one cup.

Amino Acids

Of the amino acids contained in matcha tea, L-theanine is the most prevalent and is known to have a relaxing effect on the mind and body. It’s because of this that monks would traditionally sip matcha tea to help ease their mind for meditation.

Caffeine

The subtle caffeine content in matcha helps with focus—it also slowly absorbs into your system so you don’t get that big spike that a cup of coffee might cause. The better concentration might also be because theanine increases serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and glycine levels in the brain.

 

The Recipe

Serves 1

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup hot water

1/2 cup organic light coconut milk (or full fat)

1 teaspoon matcha tea powder

1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup, or stevia to taste (optional)

 

Directions:

Add the matcha tea powder to a small amount of hot water in the matcha tea bowl or into your favorite mug.

Using the bamboo whisk, whisk briskly in a up-and-down direction to make a thick, green paste.

Then pour remaining hot coconut milk and water into the paste and stir. If adding a sweetener, add here.

The matcha will dissolve quickly and easily. If you’re using a milk frother, place on the top of the latte and turn on, allowing to froth and foam until your desired texture. Another option is to reserve some of the hot coconut milk and separately froth this in a cup, then gently pour in the match tea mug.

Enjoy hot or warm!

Don’t Have the Tools?

No problem, you can still make a matcha latte!

Instead of the step using a bamboo whisk, just add a small amount of hot water into a mug with the matcha tea and use the back of a spoon to stir to make a smooth, green paste. Finish by adding the remaining hot water and coconut milk of choice. Sweeten with stevia, honey, or maple syrup (optional).

Using a blender:

Simply add all ingredients into the blender + 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and blend for about 1 minute. It gets beautifully frothy! Here’s my favorite blender.

Let’s Chat!

Hope you all enjoy this one as much as I do! I would love to hear from those of you who have been to or have engaged in a tea ceremony and how they made matcha, so share your experience below!

 

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