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Try this classic matcha latte recipe! This comforting beverage boasts a vibrant green color and smooth, creamy flavor. Enjoy it hot or cold, and customize it with a touch of sweetness. Here’s how to make a matcha latte.

Matcha Latte
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You can make a good matcha latte at home, but want to make a great one? Try this homemade matcha latte recipe! As part of our Barista series, we challenged ourselves to make all the coffeehouse standard drinks at home, and of course the matcha latte reigns supreme. Each sip is herbal, lightly sweet and subtly bitter from the matcha, contrasted by the rich and creamy milk. Here’s how to make a latte with the brightest green color and smooth, calming flavor. Or, go to Iced Matcha Latte, a version that’s even easier for making at home!

What is a matcha latte?

A matcha latte is a tea latte made with green tea powder and steamed milk. Matcha replaces the espresso in a traditional cafe latte, giving it a brilliant green color and lightly bitter flavor. Most coffeeshops offer a hot and iced version of this drink.

Matcha flavored drinks have become extremely popular in the US in the last 10 years, but it’s no new trend. Green tea originated in China in the 8th Century, and was brought to Japan in around the 12 Century. Talk about history!

Matcha

Types of matcha

Matcha is a fine powder made of ground green tea leaves that originated in East Asia. It’s consumed as part of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, and an integral part of Japanese culture. There are three grades of matcha that correspond to quality:

  • Ceremonial grade matcha is the highest grade and fit for tea ceremonies; it has the brightest green color and smoothest flavor (find it here).
  • Latte grade matcha is slightly less bright green and has more bitter flavor (find it here).
  • Cooking grade matcha is greenish brown in color and fairly bitter in flavor.

For a matcha latte, you’ll want to use Ceremonial grade or Latte grade (we used Ceremonial). Why? We tested this latte recipe with all three, and the difference in color and flavor is very noticeable! The ceremonial grade makes the most brilliant color and tastes much better than the other grades.

Matcha types
Ceremonial grade, latte grade, and cooking grade matcha

Best milk for a latte: dairy and non-dairy

You can make a matcha latte with any type of milk you like! However, there are a few front runners when it comes to milk for a latte:

  • The best dairy milk for a latte is whole milk. It steams and froths the best, making the most textured latte.
  • The best non-dairy milk for a latte is oat milk. Oat milk froths up the best of any of the non-dairy milk options, like almond milk and soy milk.

How to make a matcha latte

You can easily order a Starbucks matcha latte, but why not try making one at home? The flavor is incomparable, especially when it’s made with ceremonial grade matcha! Here are the basic steps (or go right to the recipe):

  • Make the matcha. Whisk the matcha with water to make a paste, then add more water and whisk until it’s frothy. You can use a classic bamboo whisk that’s used for a cup of matcha (sans milk), or a regular whisk.
  • Add honey and hot water. Use maple syrup if you prefer an alternate sweetener. It’s just enough to balance the bitter matcha.
  • Froth or steam the milk. If you have an espresso machine, steam the milk following the instructions in How to Steam Milk. Or, froth the milk using a milk frother, French press, or whisk with the insturctions in How to Froth Milk.
  • Combine: Pour the frothed or steamed milk into the matcha and enjoy!
Matcha Latte

Caffeine in a matcha latte

Tea lattes do have caffeine, though much less than their coffee latte counterparts. This matcha latte has ¾ teaspoon matcha powder, which contains 51 milligrams of caffeine. This is about half the amount in a cup of black coffee, which has about 100 milligrams.

Compare this to a double shot espresso, the amount typically in coffee lattes, which weighs in at 128 milligrams of caffeine.

Variation: iced matcha latte

The most popular variation on a matcha latte? The iced matcha latte! It’s very similar to this recipe, but even easier because you don’t need to worry about the frothed milk texture. Here’s what to do:

  • Use the same instructions in Step 1 below to whisk the matcha, but use 1 teaspoon matcha with 2 ounces water.
  • Whisk in 1 tablespoon honey.
  • Add ¾ cup skim or oat milk. Lowfat or dairy-free milk is best for an iced latte.
  • Add ice and serve!

And that’s it! Let us know if you try the matcha latte or iced matcha latte in the comments below: and let us know what you think!

Iced Matcha Latte
A popular variation: the iced matcha latte

More tea lattes

Tea lattes are some of the most delicious around, coffee included! (That’s a big statement coming from us coffee aficionados.) Here are some top tea lattes to try:

This matcha latte recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan and dairy-free, use oat milk.

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Matcha Latte


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

Description

Try this classic matcha latte recipe! This comforting beverage boasts a vibrant green color and smooth, creamy flavor. Enjoy it hot or cold, and customize it with a touch of sweetness. Here’s how to make a matcha latte. For an iced latte, go to Iced Matcha Latte.


Ingredients

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  • ¾ teaspoon matcha green tea powder*
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) cool filtered water
  • ½ tablespoon honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) hot water (175 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) steamed or frothed whole milk (or oat milk for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Whisk the matcha: Add the matcha to a spouted bowl or glass liquid measuring cup. Add a drizzle of the cool water and whisk the matcha with a bamboo whisk or regular whisk to form it into a paste. Add the remaining cool water and whisk vigorously back and forth until a thick foamy layer appears, about 20 to 30 seconds. Or, you can simply shake the matcha powder and cool water in a jar until frothy.
  2. Combine with water and honey: Stir the hot water and honey in a mug. Pour the foamy matcha into the mug and stir gently.
  3. Steam or froth the milk: Steam the milk with an espresso machine or froth the milk using your method of choice (milk frother, French press, or whisk).
  4. Serve: Pour the steamed or frothed milk into the center of the matcha and serve.

Notes

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

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Latte
  • Cuisine: Tea
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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7 Comments

  1. Jill says:

    Hi! I love a good matcha latte, but I’ve never attempted to make one myself. I’ve been perusing recipes…some recommend sifting the matcha powder through a sieve before using. Did you do that? Do you think that’s a necessary step? Your thoughts please, thanks! :)

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      We’ve found making a paste first works better for us than sifting.

      1. Jill says:

        GREAT. One less step works for me. Thank you!

  2. Theresa Cody says:

    My first time to make my own matcha latte. Excellent recipe! I appreciated the overview about the matcha and types of milk to use. I agree that oat milk is the way to go. It froths up really well and stayed frothy until the last sip.






  3. Jessica Kelley says:

    Splendid. After trying so many times following so many recipes to get it right, this is it. Idk if it’s science or magic or both, but the cold water step is what makes it 🤌🏾






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoyed!

  4. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!