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How to Make Matcha (Japanese Green Tea)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s how to make matcha! This method shows how to make a cup of delicious Japanese green tea to enjoy at home.


  • 3/4 teaspoon matcha green tea powder*
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) cool filtered water
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) hot water (175 to 180°F)
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup, optional


  1. Add the matcha to a spouted bowl or a glass liquid measuring cup. Add a drizzle of the cool water and whisk to form the matcha into a paste. Add remaining cool water and whisk vigorously back and forth until thick foamy layer appears, about 20 to 30 seconds. (For the best froth, avoid whisking in circular pattern.) Alternately, shake matcha powder and cool water in a jar until frothy.
  2. Stir the hot water and honey in a mug. Pour the foamy matcha into the mug, then stir gently and adjust the sweetness to taste.


*For the brightest green color and best flavor, we recommend this Ceremonial Grade Matcha. Latte Grade Matcha can work, but it has a more muted color and bitter flavor. Avoid Cooking Grade Matcha here; the flavor isn’t up to snuff.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Tea
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Diet: Vegan