Matcha is everywhere these days, from yogurt pops and crepes to chai puddings, smoothies and granola bars. One of my favorite ways to enjoy matcha is in a matcha latte. If you haven’t tried one, they are delicious. You can order one at coffee shop, but I make them at home with coconut milk instead of dairy milk and top quality matcha powder. Here’s how to make your own coconut matcha latte. It’s a satisfying start to the day or drink or a nice alternative to coffee.
About Matcha Green Tea Powder
Creamy, green, and foamy, this coconut matcha latte is made with a finely powdered Japanese green tea called matcha. It’s the tea used in formal tea ceremonies of Japan. Made from shade-grown tea leaves, shading the tea bushes from direct sunlight increases their production of chlorophyll giving the tea a darker green color while increasing the content of L-theanine. Studies show L-theanine supports relaxation, stress reduction and improvements in mood and cognition. Drinking matcha results in a feeling of balanced energy; it kind of makes you feel calm yet energized and focused at the same time.
Matcha is time intensive to grow and produce, so the price tag reflects that. Matcha comes in three grades: ceremonial, premium and culinary. Ceremonial is the top, most expensive grade and culinary is the lowest. I prefer top grade for flavor and nutritional content.
You can read more about the health benefits of matcha in my green tea avocado smoothie post. Matcha does contain caffeine, but it’s one third to one half of what coffee has. Because you are consuming whole tea leaves, not steeped tea, it is more concentrated and it’s also where you also get the health benefits.
How to Make a Coconut Matcha Latte
First, you need the right temperature water. Full boiling water at 212°F is too hot for delicate matcha. Water for matcha should be 175°F. The easiest way to get the perfect temperature water is with an electric tea kettle that has preset heat settings.
While a bamboo whisk called a chasen is traditionally used to make matcha, I use a small stainless steel French whisk. You can also use an inexpensive electric handheld frother or a fancier automatic milk frother. For the foamy latte milk, I put full-fat canned coconut milk in a glass jar and microwave it for 30-60 seconds to get it hot, then shake it like crazy (lid on) to get foam. It’s good enough for me right now, but I might get a frother.
Tips for Making Coconut Matcha Latte
You don’t have to sweeten your latte, but if you want to, so what I do and try a few drops of liquid stevia. Other flavors that work well are peppermint and coconut flavored liquid stevia drops. There are many options for good quality matcha online at Amazon.
The one I’ve enjoyed lately is Four Sigmatic organic Mushroom Matcha Drink Mix with Lion’s Mane mushroom, said to support brain function. They also add adaptogenic herb astragalus and ginger. You can buy it on Amazon, but you’ll save a few dollars buying it on ThriveMarket.com. If you’re not a member of Thrive Market, I highly recommend you join to save money on healthy pantry staples. Check them out. It’s so easy to shop from your phone and have it show up on your doorstep, saving time and gas too.
Adding Essential Oils
Something else I add for both flavor and health benefits are a drop of essential oils. For this latte, I add ginger and peppermint for digestive support and of course wonderful taste. We’ve been essential oil users for years, and I’ll be writing more about their health benefits soon. If you are interested in getting a wholesale account to buy oils and save money let me know through a comment and I’ll email you. It’s like a Costco or Thrive Market membership.