Matcha Latte

Learn how to make a matcha latte with this easy, 3-ingredient matcha latte recipe! It's creamy, cozy, and filled with antioxidants - perfect for cool days.

Coconut Matcha Latte

Ever since our first trip to Japan, I’ve been obsessed with matcha. Matcha ice cream, matcha doughnuts, matcha smoothies… I love them all, but my favorite way to enjoy matcha is in a creamy matcha latte. The slightly bitter matcha flavor mixes with (in this case) coconut milk to create a perfect creamy flavor balance. Often times, coffee shop matcha lattes are too sweet, which is why I prefer to make my matcha latte at home!

What is matcha?

Matcha powder is made from ground green tea leaves. Unlike when you drink steeped green tea, you consume the entire tea leaf in a matcha latte. As a result, matcha has approximately 10x more nutrients than regular green tea! (If you’re interested in more matcha benefits, click here). We, of course, love it because it tastes good.

Matcha powder has a slightly bitter, earthy taste that I love to use in sweet recipes like smoothiesice creammilkshakesfrosting, and even doughnuts!

Coconut Matcha Latte

How to Make a Matcha Latte

This matcha latte recipe is super easy. It’s just three ingredients (and a tiny bit of sweetener, if you want), and you don’t need any fancy barista skills or equipment. If you’re going to make a lotta lattes you might want to invest in an official (and very cute) matcha whisk, but a small kitchen whisk or milk frother will foam it up just the same. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Start by sifting your matcha powder. It clumps easily, and the clumps can be difficult to whisk away, so this step will help make your matcha latte smooth, creamy & lump-free.
  2. Add the matcha to a mug, and pour in hot, recently boiled water over it. Whisk vigorously until the matcha green tea powder is fully dispersed. You want to move your whisk in an up-and-down or side-to-side motion, not the usual circular pattern, in order to get your matcha to foam.
  3. Pour the warmed coconut milk over the foamy water (almond milk is good too!) and whisk again to froth the milk.
  4. Taste your latte and decide how much sweetener you want to add, if any. I like mine with a drop of maple syrup.

That’s it! Enjoy.

How to make a matcha latte

If you love this matcha latte…

Try my favorite turmeric latte, hot chocolate, or cold brew latte next!


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Matcha Latte

 
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This 3-ingredient matcha latte is packed with antioxidants and delicious flavor. A cozy, healthy drink for cool days. Vegan!
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon matcha
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • ¼ cup warmed coconut milk
  • Maple syrup, honey, stevia, or sweetener of choice, optional
Instructions
  1. Sift your matcha so it is lump-free.
  2. Spoon the matcha into a large mug. Add the hot water and whisk briskly, in an up and down motion, until frothy - about 30 seconds or so. Add the coconut milk and whisk until well combined.
  3. Taste and add additional water, coconut milk, and/or sweetener to your liking.
Notes
I used light coconut milk, but you could use full-fat coconut milk if you prefer a richer latte.

 


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  1. I’ve always seen those whisks at tea places but never thought to use them – such a good idea. I’m way too tired for anything St. Patty’s after SXSW, so this detox recipe is perfect.

  2. Jeanny P from lemonsandjoy.com
    03.16.2014

    I LOVE your blog!!! I just discovered it and I have to say its one of the best ones I’ve seen in a while. This recipe looks simple and delicious, I’ll try it for sure!
    I started my own blog http://www.lemonsandjoy.com as a New Years’s resolution, please follow me! Its such a coincidence with your blog’s name!!!

    You’re such an inspiration!!! Keep walking 🙂

    • jeanine
      03.17.2014

      thanks Jeanny! Congrats, I’ll check it out 🙂

  3. Fiona from burnt-feather.blogspot.com.au
    03.16.2014

    yum – just made this and I love the addition of coconut milk, I’d already been making it with almond milk but the coconut milk is definitely more lovely, now to find myself one of those adorable whisks!

  4. Signe from amillionmiless.blogspot.com
    03.15.2014

    wow that looks absolutely amazing!

  5. Lena
    03.15.2014

    Is there a way we can either buy the ingredients ( Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha and the Aiya Matcha Zen Cafe Blend) from a store other than online? Do they have them at World Market?

    As well as what is the difference between the Cooking Grade Matcha/Matcha Zen blend as opposed to just Matcha Green tea powder?

    Thank you! 🙂

    • jeanine
      03.17.2014

      Hi Lena, at the moment it’s only sold online and at a few small specialty tea shops…

  6. Janie from hedgecombers.com
    03.15.2014

    Just went to vote but it has already closed, sorry!
    Janie x

  7. Sarah
    03.14.2014

    Hello can you please let me know what brand(s) of coconut milk you use/prefer? Thank you.

    • jeanine
      03.15.2014

      Hi Sarah, I usually get the 365 Whole Foods brand or the Thai Kitchen brand…

      • Sarah
        03.13.2021

        Are we talking about canned coconut milk, or from a carton?

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          03.14.2021

          Hi Sarah, canned, but either will be fine – depends how thick you want your latte.

  8. So gorgeous. I love matcha lattes. Unfortunately, up here in Alaska it’s impossible to find one of those little matcha whisks! I looked everywhere! I need to order one online because let me tell you, a regular old kitchen whisk DOES NOT cut it! 🙂 Or…whisk it…rather.

    • jeanine
      03.15.2014

      I got mine on amazon! (the link is up there in the post)… although I did get it to froth up with a (small) regular whisk too 🙂

  9. How cool! I’ve seen matcha all over the place recently, but never known how great it was for you! Now that I know its benefits, I can’t wait to try it. This recipe looks like a great way to introduce myself to it, too 🙂

  10. Yum! I love everything about matcha. I think the coconut/matcha combo would be amazing. And how cute is that whisk!?

  11. Pang from circahappy.com
    03.14.2014

    I am so glad you reminded me to vote for you, and I did 🙂
    Of course I did, I love your blog. Best of luck to you.

    • jeanine
      03.14.2014

      thanks Pang! Looks like you had Matcha on the mind for St. Paddy’s too! Loved the Pocky addition!!

  12. Skye from frommydiningtable.com
    03.14.2014

    I’ve made matcha lattes with almond milk before, but never with coconut – it sounds delicious. I am very excited about trying it!

  13. This looks delicious! Would never have thought of this combination together. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  14. dana from minimalistbaker.com
    03.14.2014

    Love! I’m in love! Pinned.

    • Erin
      08.18.2014

      Agreed! Pinned! You should try Zen Green Tea matcha- its really awesome quality and a great price compared to others out there, about $29 for 60 grams, which lasts ages. They offer free shipping and I buy from their website: http://www.zengreentea.com.au.

      • Mash
        09.05.2017

        Erin – you’re the owner of the website! It would have been nice if you disclosed that info when you posted. Not very honest.

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          09.05.2017

          Hello Mash, Erin is a reader that commented with this info. You can see that this post was sponsored by AIYA matcha, which was disclosed.

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