How to Make A Hot Matcha Latte

How to Make A Hot Matcha Latte

Recent years have seen a rise in the popularity of matcha lattes. As an alternative to traditional coffee or tea, it is a delightful alternative because of its vibrant green color, rich flavor, and many health benefits. Whether you're a seasoned matcha enthusiast or new to this green elixir, this comprehensive guide will show you how to make a hot matcha latte that's not only delicious but also incredibly easy to prepare.

Why Matcha?

Japan has enjoyed matcha for centuries as a special form of powdered green tea. As a result of the way it's grown and processed, it's different from regular green tea. Matcha's vibrant green color comes from shade-grown tea leaves before harvest, which enhances their chlorophyll content. In order to ensure that every ounce of the tea's potent compounds is consumed, the leaves are ground into a fine powder after harvest. As a result, the beverage is tasty as well as packed with antioxidants and other health benefits.

Health Benefits of Matcha

Before we dive into making the perfect matcha latte, it's important to recognize some of the health benefits associated with this green elixir:

Rich in Antioxidants: Matcha is a powerhouse of antioxidants, including catechins, which can help combat oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Enhanced Concentration: Matcha contains the amino acid L-theanine, which promotes alertness and relaxation. It can improve focus and concentration without the jitters associated with coffee.

Boosted Metabolism: Matcha's caffeine and theanine boost your metabolism and help you lose weight.

Detoxification: Matcha's chlorophyll promotes detoxification of the body by eliminating toxins.

Improved Immunity: Matcha contains vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, iron, and protein, which can help strengthen the immune system. If you're interested in finding out more about Matcha, you can visit Leigh Leaf.

Now that you know why matcha is a wonderful addition to your daily routine, let's learn how to make a hot matcha latte. 

Ingredients You'll Need

Making a hot matcha latte requires the following ingredients:

High-Quality Matcha Powder: For the best taste and health benefits, look for ceremonial-grade matcha powder.

Hot Water: Heat the water to about 175°F (80°C). Hot water can make matcha bitter, so it's important not to use it too much.

Milk of any kind can be used, including plant-based milk. Many people prefer whole milk, but almond, soy, or oat milk work well for a creamy, vegan alternative.

Sweetener (optional): There are some people who enjoy their matcha latte sweetened. You can use sugar, honey, or agave syrup as a taste enhancer.

Equipment You'll Need

Bamboo Whisk (Chasen): This traditional Japanese utensil helps in achieving the desired frothy texture.

Matcha Bowl (Chawan) or a Regular Bowl: The matcha bowl is preferred for the authentic experience, but any bowl will work.

Sifter (Optional): To ensure there are no clumps in your matcha, you can use a fine-mesh sifter.

Now, let's get to the step-by-step process.

Step 1: Measure the Matcha

Start by measuring the matcha. A common rule of thumb is to use about 1-2 teaspoons of matcha for an 8-ounce (240 ml) cup of water. The amount can, however, be adjusted to suit your taste. To prevent clumping, you can sift the matcha into your matcha bowl using a fine-mesh sifter.

Step 2: Add Hot Water

Place a small amount of water (about 2 ounces or 60 ml) in the matcha bowl and heat to about 175°F (80°C). This is the initial amount used to create a smooth, liquid paste.

Step 3: Whisk

The matcha and hot water should be whisked together gently in a zigzag motion using your bamboo whisk. This should create a smooth, green paste with a bit of froth. This step is important for achieving the right texture, so take your time.

Step 4: Add More Hot Water

Once your matcha paste is smooth, add the remaining hot water to your bowl. For an 8-ounce (240 ml) cup, this would be approximately 6 ounces (180 ml) of hot water.

Step 5: Froth

Now, use the bamboo whisk to froth the matcha mixture. Hold the whisk vertically and whisk briskly in a "W" or "M" shape until you achieve a nice layer of froth on top. The froth is what gives your matcha latte that creamy texture.

Step 6: Warm the Milk

While you're frothing the matcha, heat your milk of choice in a separate saucepan. If the milk is warm but not scalding, it should not be boiling. The milk can also be heated for about 1-2 minutes in the microwave.

Step 7: Pour the Milk

Once your milk is hot, pour it into your matcha bowl with the frothy matcha mixture. Stir well to combine the matcha and milk evenly.

Step 8: Sweeten (Optional)

If you prefer your matcha latte sweet, now is the time to add your sweetener of choice. After starting with a small amount, you can adjust the amount to your taste.

Step 9: Enjoy

You can now enjoy your hot matcha latte. Drink it slowly, savoring its rich, creamy flavor.

Variations and Tips

Iced Matcha Latte: If you prefer a cold version, simply follow the same steps but use cold milk instead of hot and add ice.

Flavored Matcha Latte: Experiment with different flavors by adding a dash of vanilla extract, cinnamon, or a pinch of ground ginger.

Froth without a Whisk: Use an electric milk frother or even a small handheld whisk if you don't have a bamboo whisk.

Experiment with Sweeteners: Apart from honey and sugar, you can try using maple syrup, stevia, or other sweeteners to personalize your latte.

Toppings: For a unique flavor, try matcha powder, cinnamon, or cocoa.

Adjust Matcha Quantity: You can adjust the amount of matcha to your preference if you prefer a stronger or milder flavor.


Making a hot matcha latte at home is simple and enjoyable. With just a few high-quality ingredients and some practice, you can craft a creamy, flavorful matcha latte that rivals those served in the finest cafes. This beautiful green drink offers many health benefits, as well as being a comforting and enjoyable drink for your daily routine.

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