Tips, Tricks & Tales from the SESA Beverage Lab
Making Matcha - A Guide to the Perfect Latte
Matcha has become very popular in recent years, in part due to its amazing health benefits. Matcha is a fine green powder made from stone-ground green tea leaves. While traditionally drunk whisked with filtered water, many American drinkers prefer matcha in Lattes.
Why a Latte + How?
Lattes are traditionally a combination of espresso and steamed milk. With a matcha latte, we replace the espresso with a shot of matcha powder mixed with water to create a smooth paste.
Matcha makes a perfect espresso replacement because, other than lending your beverage a fun, bright green hue, matcha provides a moderate amount of caffeine without the jitters for sustained, clean energy.
Matcha also has a number of amino acids that can help regulate mood, for an uplifting sense of calm.
To Froth or Not to Froth?
Traditionally, when making lattes we froth the milk lightly to help make it a little foamy and keep it warm. While this is NOT an essential step in making a delicious matcha beverage, it certainly makes the drinking experience a little more special. Of course, just warming your milk on the stove-top is perfectly fine and will still result in a delicious matcha.
How to make a Matcha Latte
Time: 5 minutes