Two cups of frothy and creamy matcha lattes

Our Classic Matcha Latte Recipe

Nothing beats making your own cup of matcha latte at home as you can freely adjust the taste to your liking. Our classic matcha latte is served warm, a comforting drink that’s perfect to get your through cooler weather. If you prefer making iced matcha lattes, we have a separate recipe for iced matcha latte too! 

Making matcha latte at home is actually very easy. All you need is a little patience to heat up the milk. If you have a milk frothing machine or milk steamer, this matcha latte recipe is even easier! After repeated experiments, we settled on this ratio of matcha, milk and sweetener to create a matcha latte that is smooth, just a tad sweet, and most importantly, has a great matcha flavor.

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Which matcha to use for matcha lattes?

We get this question all the time. Our best matcha for latte blends are either our Superior Ceremonial Matcha or the Organic Ceremonial Matcha. These are incredibly versatile blends that allow you to make an affordable matcha latte with reduced levels of sweetener. Just note that the Organic Ceremonial Matcha has an overall lighter matcha taste and go better with alternative milks. Our Superior Ceremonial Matcha pairs best with regular cow’s milk.

Naoki’s Superior Ceremonial Matcha and Organic Ceremonial Matcha blends for matcha latte, and a glass of iced matcha latte

You can also use any of our other ceremonial grade matcha blends to make the matcha latte, but it can get costly very quickly. Most of the nuanced flavors will also be lost amidst the milk and sweetener. It is possible to use our Creative Culinary to make matcha lattes, but we discourage this. You may end up adding more sugar and/or milk to balance the more pronounced bittersweet taste of our Creative Culinary Matcha.

Best way to mix matcha and water for matcha lattes

Where possible, we try to only incorporate tools most people already have in the kitchen. But for this matcha latte recipe, our recommendation is to mix the matcha and water in a separate bowl using a bamboo whisk.

  • We do not recommend the shaking method because the matcha mixture is quite thick. Shaking it up in a bottle may result in some wastage if you cannot get every drop out easily.
  • We also do not recommend battery-operated frothers because these tend to clump up the matcha. They do best where there is a lower amount of matcha compared to water.
  • You may use a blender if you prefer that. We usually avoid blenders because of the extra cleanup required.
  • If you are using a tall glass to make your matcha latte, consider purchasing a longer bamboo whisk. These also come with smaller heads that allow you to whisk your matcha in a smaller bowl/glass.
Mixing matcha and water with chasen bamboo whisk in small white bowl

Which milk and sweetener to use for matcha lattes

We’ve tested a bunch, our favourite is regular cow’s milk and powdered brown sugar. Of course, this is just our preference. Feel free to swap the type of milk or sweetener if you have dietary restrictions or just simply prefer something else. We have tried this recipe with many other alternative milks (almond, soy, macadamia, oat) as well as other types of sweetener (acacia honey, simple syrup, maple syrup, monkfruit sweetener, stevia). They are all perfectly viable alternatives to make matcha latte.

Fresh milk for matcha latte

How to make the classic matcha latte

Two cups of frothy and creamy matcha lattes

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tsp (3g) of matcha powder
  • 1 oz (30ml) of water
  • 6 oz (170 ml) of cow’s milk
  • 1 tsp of powdered brown sugar

Directions

1. Measure out 1.5 tbsp of room temperature water and 1.5 tsp of matcha powder.

Classic matcha latte recipe preparation

2. Add the water and matcha into a bowl and whisk it up using a bamboo whisk.

Hand whisking water and bright matcha powder in a small bowl with bamboo whisk

3. Pour the concentrated matcha shot into your cup. Use a spoon to get all the matcha out. Add 1 tsp of powdered brown sugar (or equivalent if using other preferred sweeteners). Mix well.

Hand pour matcha and water mixture into glass

4. Heat 6 oz of milk to a temperature of about 150F or 65C. Use an automatic frothing machine if you have one. 

Warm fresh milk in a bottle and a glass of matcha and water mixture

 5. Pour the milk over the matcha mixture and stir well. Enjoy our classic matcha latte! 

Hand pouring warm fresh milk from bottle into glass of matcha mixture for classic matcha latte

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