Mizuba gives the classic latte gets a frothy green makeover. While green tea lattes are increasingly popular in corporate coffee chains, most offerings are filled with sugar-loaded concentrates. Making your own pure Matcha latte is easy. Bonus, you'll can still get an even caffeine boost without the jarring spike of caffeinated coffee. As noted by the monks who drank Matcha before meditation, the tea's slow release will sustain you with a calm alertness. Matcha’s bitter flavors recall coffee’s roasted notes for a delightful combination, especially when paired with almond milk. Craft your latte in your favorite bright, wide Matcha bowl and enjoy.
1/2 teaspoons Matcha green tea
3/4 cup (6 oz) Almond or organic milk of your choice, warmed and steamed.1
Sweetener to taste (we love honey)
Aero Latte brand milk frother, French press, or espresso machine with milk steamer.
Prepare your Matcha as you would to drink: sift your Matcha into your cup or mug, in order to refine large clumps. Pour enough 175ºF water over the tea just to make it wet. Whisk into a paste, but before finishing your Matcha, heat your milk to about 140 degrees in a saucepan over medium heat. When warmed, reduce to low and either froth in your stovetop pot or transfer to a French press to foam your milk. Do not submerge a frother; keep the tip at slightly tilted under the surface of the milk. If working with a French press, work the plunger until your milk lathers and fills your press (it should take less than a minute). Return to your tea, and add about 2-3 ounces more hot water. Fully whisk your Matcha, drizzle in sweetener if you like, and top with a healthy dose of froth.
Customize! Experiment with fresh vanilla bean, cardamom, coconut, or mint. If you're feeling sassy, top your foam with some powdered cocoa.
Out and About: Where else can you find speciality Mizuba Matcha lattes? Venture to Scarlett Begonia or The French Press in downtown Santa Barbara or kick it beachside at the Lucky Llama in Carpinteria, CA. If you're a bit further south, check out Portola Coffee in Tustin. Then there's Old World Coffee in Reno, Nevada...! Are you in Bend, Oregon? Say hi to our friends at Palate Coffee Bar for their frothy Mizuba latte!
If we're going to make a matcha green tea cocktail, this is the first recipe we turn to: The Mizuba Matcha Gimlet.