Unfortunately for me, coffee gives me unbearable heartburn. I’ve had this problem for a long time and although at times I forget and have a cheeky cup, I quickly regret it. I’m always on the lookout for anything else I can try, which would give me a caffeine-fix in the morning, and I came across matcha green tea. I’ve been posting photos of my morning latte on my Snapchat and a few people have been asking me, “What’s that green stuff you are drinking?” ans well, issa matcha green tea latte!
Matcha is a green tea powder made from green tea leaves, which are harvested and processed in a way that preserves all the good stuff, before it is milled into a super-fine green powder. It’s a part of Japanese tradition, particularly their tea ceremonies, which center around preparing and presenting matcha tea. There are different grades of it; ceremonial used for tea and culinary, typically used for cooking and baking, and this is reflected in the flavour and also the colour of the matcha powder. It contains about half the caffeine of your average cup of coffee, and more antioxidants than the likes of spinach, pomegranate and goji berries.
So, how do you make a matcha latte?
It’s a little bit more work than making a cup of instant coffee but, good things always take a little extra time right?!
You will need:
- 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder (I use the one by PureChimp)
- Sweetener of your choice
- 200ml milk (or a milk alternative), heated
- 1/3 cup of hot water
- Milk frother
Optional: You can also add cinnamon if you like, or just sprinkle it on top
In your favourite mug:
- Add the matcha powder and pour the hot water to dissolve the powder. Use the frother to make sure there aren’t any lumps. Matcha lumps do not taste nice, at all. Add your sweetener.
- Whisk your hot milk to create a froth, if you like that sort of thing floating over your latte and pour it into your mug
- Scoop the milk froth on top and enjoy!
Matcha has an earthy taste, which may not be for everyone and it is even more apparent with milk alternatives like almond and coconut milk. I much prefer it with LactoFree Milk, which makes for a creamier taste, without the side-effects of regular milk. If you enjoy regular green tea, you will probably love matcha, and if you can’t stomach green tea, a matcha latte is a much softer and more enjoyable option… Not a bad way to start the day!