How to Make Matcha

How to Make Matcha

When it comes to food “trends,” I’m usually so late to the game. Chia pudding, smoothie bowls, cauliflower smoothies… I didn’t see any of those foods coming and staying (to be honest the cauliflower smoothie thing still sounds a little gross to me). But matcha… I’ve been loving matcha before it was the cool thing to love.

I can’t quite remember the first time I tried matcha. It’s been so long, but it might have been on a swirly soft serve cone in Kyoto. Matcha desserts and matcha lattes are all over the place now, but what I want to focus on in this post is simply how to make matcha. We’re partnering with Pure Leaf because they make matcha now(!), which means that you can find matcha in your regular grocery store. Pure Leaf Home Brewed Matcha Tea is sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ tea estates in Kagoshima, Japan. The green tea leaves are shadegrown, dried, and ground for a full-bodied, smooth taste. I very often skip coffee in the morning and drink matcha with almond milk instead. Here’s how to make a cup (I made two!) of Pure Leaf Pure Matcha or Pure Leaf Matcha with Ginger:

How to Make Matcha

Step 1: Bring 8 oz. of water (or a mix of water and nut milk) to a boil and empty your matcha sachet into a mug or bowl.

Step 2: Pour just enough water (2 oz.) over the serving of matcha to blend.

How to Make Matcha

Step 3: Whisk until matcha is fully dispersed and there is a foamy layer on top. A matcha whisk is ideal, but you can use a small regular whisk if you don’t have one. To get your matcha to foam, whisk briskly from side to side (not in a circular motion).

How to Make Matcha

Step 4: Add remaining 6 oz. water (or steamed almond milk like I did!) and whisk again until foamy.


Step 5: Enjoy!

You can use steamed almond milk or coconut milk (like I did) in lieu of the second addition of water. I often like mine with sweetened vanilla almond milk, and if you’re a newbie matcha drinker, you might want to try it this way until you acquire the somewhat bitter taste of matcha.

This post is in partnership with Pure Leaf Tea.


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  1. Nigel

    Machata sound good I will have to try one day.

  2. Beth Bogdewiecz

    I always thought making matcha would be super complicated, but this is so easy!! Love it! I’m going to have to try Pure Leaf Tea too – I find that most matcha is super expensive, and I’m sure theirs is more reasonably priced. Thanks for the tip! I also came across this article about matcha health benefits in case anyone is interested:

    I love your posts, recipes, and blog! 🙂

  3. Matcha should not be mixed with boiling water. Wait until it cools in the bowl a minute then place the matcha which will retain all vitamins and EGCG.

  4. Katie

    LOL, had to share that a little frozen cauliflower in my smoothie is my favorite! It doesn’t change the flavor at all in my opinion and I love getting the extra bit of vege in my diet.

  5. Gunce

    I used a battery operated milk frother to whisk and it made this matcha-latte very homogeneous and foamy. Thank you for the recipe!

  6. Nina from

    Do you ever add it to smoothies or when baking?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      yes – I especially love it in smoothies!

  7. Erin@WellPlated

    I am so so late to the matcha train and want to be on board. You have me convinced!!

  8. Susan

    I’m betting that matcha does not come in decaf – and unfortunately I can’t do caffeine. It’s still nice to know how to properly prepare matcha, though. I have to agree with you about cauliflower smoothies. I love cauliflower, but I don’t care at all for green smoothies.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      It does have caffeine – it doesn’t cause the crash that coffee does, but it has a nice mild pick-me-up. Glad I’m not the only one who feels that way about cauliflower smoothies 🙂

      • Kim from

        I didn’t realize it had caffeine! Bummer. I too have to avoid caffeine.

        Hey, on a side note, I saw your cookbook on America’s Test Kitchen tour of their new facilities in Boston. Jack, from the show, did a live tour on FB that is available to watch, and when Jack walked through their library, your cookbook was on their shelves, along with many others, but being yellow, it really stood out! If you haven’t seen the video yet, I thought you’d like to know. 🙂

  9. Lexi from

    Love this tutorial!

  10. gerry speirs

    Love me some matcha!!

  11. Maria

    I need to try this!

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