You know I live for a rich, creamy drink in the morning. For me, the best matcha lattes are full of earthy flavor, slightly sweetened, and have just enough foam to show off the creaminess of the milk. Matcha is also one of my favorite teas for hormone health, so it’s a win-win all around.
I know you’re probably wondering why I’d choose matcha over coffee. For me, it’s mostly a taste preference. Coffee has a strong taste, and the taste of matcha is relatively mild, which I like more.
There’s also the fact that matcha has so many more benefits than a cup of coffee. More benefits than the beloved coffee? Yep, that’s right!
Matcha has caffeine to give you an energy boost. However, it also contains L-theanine, which counteracts the jitters that accompany caffeine consumption.
L-theanine is an amino acid with lots of benefits. Some of the main benefits are that it promotes calmness, focus, and better sleep and has even been shown to inhibit tumor growth.
Another huge benefit of reaching for it is that it’s made of whole green tea leaves. You get more antioxidants than you would from coffee or even brewed green tea, which we love to see.
Best Matcha for Lattes
Hear me when I say this: not all green tea powders are created equally. Just like with coffee, you want to look for high-quality matcha grown in Japan.
You’ll also want to go with a transparent brand about how their matcha is sourced and has high-quality standards.
My personal favorite is Encha. They don’t use pesticides or chemical fertilizers to grow their matcha. They also do lab testing to ensure you’re getting the purest matcha possible.
The other thing I like about this brand is that they have two grades to choose from. One is an actual “latte” grade. The latte grade has a more robust flavor so that the taste isn’t diluted when you add other ingredients like milk or sweeteners.
Best Non-Dairy Milk
Personally, I always consume non-dairy milk. For lattes, I reach for almond or oat milk. Sometimes I even do half of each when I have both on hand. I find that both of these kinds of milk get creamy and froth easily and don’t aggravate my digestive issues.
When I’m feeling really fancy, I like to make my own oat milk with Joi. It’s powdered oats that allow you to mix your perfect version of oat milk.
Using Joi is pretty easy. Simply combine 8 oz water, 2 heaping tablespoons of Joi powdered oats, a pitted date, and a dash of pink salt. Blend for about 45 seconds. Then I strain the milk into a glass jar with a lid. Usually, I reuse jars, but you can buy these if you don’t have any on hand.
Hot Matcha Latte Recipe
Now for the good part. Here’s how to make matcha extra delicious in a latte.
- 1 oz hot water
- 4 oz non-dairy milk
- 1-2 tsp matcha
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Honey (omit if you made the date-sweetened milk with Joi)
- Heat water to boiling. Then let sit for two minutes.
- Meanwhile, add milk to the frother. Use heat and preferred froth setting. (Alternative: If you don’t have a frother, gently heat milk in a small pan.)
- Add matcha to a small bowl. Add hot water and whisk until well blended.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Add hot milk. If you heated the milk in a pan, use a hand frother to get the foam on top.
- Sweeten to taste and stir. You can skip this step and simply stir if you use sweetened milk.
Other Alternatives to Matcha
Is Matcha not really your thing? No worries, you can repeat the same process with functional mushroom mixes or hot cacao. Try some of these superfood mixes from Golde.
Cacao Turmeric Latte Blend
Matcha is always a good choice, whether you’re trying to get off the coffee or simply want something tasty and warm to add to your morning ritual. I hope you now know how to make matcha that is tasty and satisfying so that you can curb your caffeine intake and support your hormone health too.
Now the only thing left to do is learn how to make the cool foam art, and your drink will truly be perfect.