People talking about Matcha Latte… and with my default thinking that a Latte is a Coffee, I had to do a bit of research.
A matcha latte is a beverage made with matcha, which is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. Unlike coffee-based lattes, a matcha latte does not contain coffee. However, it does contain caffeine. The caffeine content in matcha can vary depending on its quality and preparation, but typically, a serving of matcha contains roughly 30-70 mg of caffeine. In contrast, an average 8-ounce (240-milliliter) cup of brewed coffee contains approximately 95 mg of caffeine, though this can vary widely based on factors like bean type and brewing time. Therefore, while a matcha latte generally has less caffeine than a cup of coffee, it still provides a moderate caffeine boost.
You can make a matcha latte at home. Here’s a simple recipe:
- 1-2 teaspoons of matcha powder (adjust based on your preference).
- 2 tablespoons of hot water (not boiling, ideally around 175°F or 80°C).
- 1 cup of milk (any type: cow’s milk, almond, soy, oat, etc.).
- Sweetener of choice (like honey, sugar, or agave), optional.
- Sift the matcha powder into a bowl to prevent clumps.
- Add the hot water to the matcha. Whisk vigorously using a bamboo whisk or a small regular whisk until the matcha is fully dissolved and the mixture becomes frothy.
- Warm your milk on the stove or using a milk frother. If using a frother, you can froth the milk until it’s foamy.
- Pour the matcha mixture into a cup.
- Slowly add the warmed or frothed milk to the cup.
- Sweeten to taste if desired.
Enjoy your homemade matcha latte, let me know if you’re going to have a Matcha sometimes or it will impact your coffee drinking habit.
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