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How to Make a Matcha Latte

Written on March 30, 2021 (updated on March 02, 2023)

A matcha latte combines the crisp, green bite of matcha powder with the creaminess of milk. From the variety of matcha to the type of milk and ratios in your recipe, a few factors determine the character of a matcha latte.

How to choose a matcha for lattes.

For Ippodo matcha varieties, we often recommend ones in our light or medium categories. Matchas in our light category like Wakaki have less body and more astringency, which balances well with the milk's sweetness. For a little more body, choose matcha in the medium category like Ikuyo. Matchas in the rich category like Seiun have less astringency and more sweetness on their own, so choose one of these if you like an exceptionally creamy, full-bodied latte.


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What type of milk should I use?

We recommend using whatever your favorite is. We often will make our lattes with soy milk since it has a pleasant round taste.

Recipe

We prepare our latte by first making matcha as usual, in a bowl or mug with a chasen bamboo whisk. Then, we simply add warmed, foamy milk.

1. Sift matcha
3 g (0.11 oz)
2 heaping tea ladles or 1.5 level teaspoons.
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic teacup with handle using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic teacup with handle using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Matcha Latte
1. Sift matcha
3 g (0.11 oz)
2 heaping tea ladles or 1.5 level teaspoons.
2. Add hot water
100 mL (3.4 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Pour boiling water into a teacup to cool it to 80°C, then pour into tea bowl.
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream colored shallow ceramic mug containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream colored shallow ceramic mug containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Matcha Latte
2. Add hot water
100 mL (3.4 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Pour boiling water into a teacup to cool it to 80°C, then pour into tea bowl.
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.
Whisking green matcha base in teacup with handle using Chasen bamboo whisk and overlaid directions arrows along sides of bowl
Whisking green matcha base in teacup with handle using Chasen bamboo whisk and overlaid directions arrows along sides of bowl
Matcha Latte
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.
4. Add milk
100 mL (3.4 oz)
Pour warm or foamed milk into mug.
Pouring foamy frothed milk from silver pitcher into concentrated green matcha tea latte base in short beige ceramic mug
Pouring foamy frothed milk from silver pitcher into concentrated green matcha tea latte base in short beige ceramic mug
Matcha Latte
4. Add milk
100 mL (3.4 oz)
Pour warm or foamed milk into mug.
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