Matcha Latte – All You Need To Know To Enjoy This Super Food

Matcha Latte - How To Enjoy This Super Food

I am sure you have been hearing a lot about the health benefits of matcha tea recently. It has gained so much publicity recently that even Starbucks is offering Matcha Latte as part of their product offering.

If you are curious about Matha Lattes but not sure where to start, you need to read this article as I am going to break down a few things when it comes drinking Matcha Latte.

What is Matcha Latte?

In order to answer this question, we need to first know what a latte is. Traditionally a latte is a type of coffee made with espresso and hot steamed milk. It is often considered milkier than a cappuccino.Matcha Latte

However, recently Matcha Tea powder has been used as a substitute for the coffee in order to make a Matcha Latte. Generally, the same process is used in order to make the Matcha Latte as would be with a Caffe Latte.

What is Green Tea Latte?

A Green Tea Latte is the same as a Matcha Latte described above. However, the thing that differentiates them is the type of green tea that is used. It can either be Matcha, Bancha or Gemmaicha green tea that can be used as the main the ingredient in the latte.

 Matcha Latte Taste

So what does matcha latte taste like? According to Sophia, a Matcha enthusiast, Matcha is “Complex, Alluring, Bitter, Misunderstood, Addictive”. It has a unique rich taste which is as times sharp and harsh at first but leaves a sweet after taste.

Cholorophyll and amino acids are the reasons for providing Matchas its unique taste.  The taste if Matcha will also depend on the quality of the powder. Sub-quality Matcha will taste unpleasantly bitter, whereas superior Matchas will have a naturally sweet taste. Matchas should have good measure of umami. This is element that emerges due to the high levels of amino acids in Matcha.

That is why one will hardly add sugar or honey to good quality Matcha when drinking a Matcha Latte . A Matcha Latte, much like a Caffe Latte, will have a milk texture but will have a green tea taste with a natural sweetness. It should have a vegetal lingering aftertaste.

Some have also noticed that the flavor won’t open properly nor will the consistency come out right if you get below 170F in the whisking, or if you whisk it when it’s too diluted.

Is Matcha suppose to be sweet?

As I said before, the taste of the Matcha will largely depend on its quality. Matcha powders of higher quality will rarely have bitter taste.  Good quality Matcha will definitely never have unpleasantly bitter taste. Superior quality Matchas will most definitely have a natural sweetness to it. One will never need to add additional sugar or honey to a quality Matcha.

Now that we have gone through all the theory behind a Matcha Latte, here are 2 Matcha Latte recipes that can you try out.

Matcha Latte Recipe

The recipe makes one serving. The original recipe also uses Agave syrup but as I have said above you shouldn’t need to add any additional sweetness if you are using a high quality Matcha powder. However if you find that you need additional sweetness, I have rather included honey than Agave syrup. Due to the way that Agave is processed these days, it loses a low of its benefits.

Ingredients

For this recipe you need:

  • ¾ cup of milk. You can use any milk you prefer,
  • 1 teaspoons of Matcha Powder
  • Honey (optional)

Method of Preparation

  • Using a small pot over medium heat, bring the milk to a simmer.
  • In heat-proof, slowly whisk the 1 teaspoon Matcha powder in ¼ boiling water.
  • add the milk to the cup , to the whisked Matcha powder, while tipping the cup slightly in order to create more foam
    • Some have also noticed that the flavor won’t open properly nor will the consistency come out right if you get below 170F in the whisking, or if you whisk it when it’s too diluted.
  • Like I mentioned above, you shouldn’t need to add an more sweetness, but if you would like to add some honey according to the taste

Matcha Ice Latte Recipe

If you are in the mood something cooler, you could try this ice spin on the Match Latte. I calls for the same ingredients as the latte but with a slight variation in the way it s prepared.

Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon Matcha Powder
  • 2 ½ ups hot water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 teaspoons honey (Optional – see above)

Method of Preparation

  • Whisk the green tea powder, water, and milk together in a bowl; sweeten with the honey and continue whisking until dissolved into the tea.
  • Chill completely in the refrigerator.
  • Run ice thorough a blender or use whole ice cubes
  • Pour the Matcha Mix over the ice in a glass