It’s coffee shop drink makeover time! I always feel so smugly satisfied when I come up with a delicious recipe for a coffee shop favorite. I find it so rewarding to know I can make something just as tasty using wholesome ingredients for a fraction of the price.
My salted caramel latte is one of my best, but today I’m veering away from the coffee and focusing on tea. Specifically matcha tea. I love this warm, frothy, creamy matcha latte.
A Matcha Latte Defined
I’ve loved matcha since I was first introduced to it back in high school, but if you’ve never gotten to know matcha, I’ll introduce you.
Matcha is a specially prepared type of green tea. Growers cover the tea plants for the last few weeks of their growth to increase the chlorophyll concentration. They then grind the harvested leaves into a fine powder. I wrote a whole post about matcha and its health benefits if you’d like to know more.
To make most teas, the chopped-up tea leaves are steeped in hot water and then removed. But unlike other teas, for matcha tea, the powdered tea leaves are stirred into hot water.
For a matcha latte, we’ll mix matcha powder together with a little hot water and warmed milk.
Here are a few other ways I use matcha:
- Cucumber Lime Green Smoothie
- Matcha Marshmallows – regular marshmallows with matcha added for a fun green hue and slight tea taste
- Matcha Facemask – spa day at home!
Fancy Coffee Shop Matcha Lattes at Home
Matcha lattes are super simple to make. All you need is matcha powder, warm water, milk, and a little honey. Most are everyday ingredients that you probably already have. For the matcha, I use Pique Tea matcha packets. Each packet is exactly the amount I need for this recipe.
To make it: Warm the milk in a pan on the stove. While it’s heating, use a small whisk to mix together the matcha powder, warm water, and honey in a small bowl or the bottom of your mug. Pour in the milk and you’re done.
- Make it a vanilla matcha latte: Add a little vanilla extract.
- Make it an iced latte: Use cold milk and pour it all over ice.
- Make it foamy: Use a French press to make your warm milk frothy by pumping the handle up and down.
I have a little traditional bamboo whisk that I use to whisk the matcha into the hot water. It’s totally not a necessity, but it really does make the matcha nice and smooth and creamy. Package it up with some matcha and a mug and it would make a cute gift for a tea lover!
More Coffee Shop Favorites Made at Home
I’ve played with a lot of coffee and tea recipes over the years. Here are some favorites:
- Chai Tea Latte
- Flavored Coffee Creamer – here’s my recipe for peppermint and another for salted caramel
- Homemade Hot Chocolate
- Peppermint Mocha
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Superfood Vanilla Latte
- Turmeric Tea
Matcha Latte Recipe
Topping Ingredients, (Optional)
- ½ cup milk (warmed and foamed)
- a sprinkle of matcha powder
- In a mug, whisk together the matcha powder, hot water, and honey.
- Pour in the warmed milk.
- Top with optional topping ingredients and enjoy!
- Use a French press to make your warm milk frothy by pumping the handle up and down.
- To make it an iced latte, use cold milk and pour it over ice.
Do you have a favorite coffee shop drink that you make? I always enjoy hearing about new ideas.