Today we're sharing a recipe for iced matcha latte made with soy milk. This drink is mildly sweet, slightly bitter and delicious!
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a type of powder made by grinding green tea leaves. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, it's pretty popular these days.
Because it's gaining popularity in the west, matcha powder has become more accessible. You can probably even find it in well stocked supermarkets. If not you can check specialist tea stores or asian supermarkets, it’s easy to order online as well.
How to Choose Matcha Powder
Choosing matcha powder can be a little overwhelming, there are many different brands and grades and they can also be very expensive. They are even matcha powders specifically for baking.
I've had my fair share of good and bad matcha powder, the best thing to do is read product reviews and buy small quantities at a time so that you can find your "go to matcha powder".
You can tell from the smell and also the colour, whether you've purchased good matcha powder. It should smell quite fresh and the colour should be vibrant green! I bought matcha which was a dark desaturated green in England once, and needless to say, it tasted horrible!
We're pretty lucky living in Aichi prefecture, close to a small city called Nishio which is famous for its matcha powder. Of course I'm biased, but if you can get your matcha powder from Japan (imported or otherwise) I don't think you can go wrong. In my experience, Japan doesn't have bad matcha powder haha.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does matcha taste like?
If I describe Matcha in one word, I would pick "complex". It has bitterness, sweetness, smoothness, richness...everything is in one package!
Does matcha contain caffeine?
Yes, it does. The amount of caffeine in a cup of matcha is similar to a cup of coffee.
How can I make a matcha latte taste better?
Matcha latte can be an acquired taste due to the bitterness and also depending on the grade of matcha you use. You can take the bitter edge off by adding sugar or honey. We used brown sugar in our recipe, many Japanese desserts use black sugar syrup with matcha and it's a really delicious combination! In addition to brown sugar, matcha also pairs very nicely with vanilla and many coffee shops add vanilla syrup to their matcha drinks!
NON-DAIRY ALTERNATIVES WITH MATCHA
Like I mentioned in our previous latte recipe that uses Hojicha (see how to make a hojicha latte here!) many Japanese people are lactose intolerant. Whilst using cow's milk is very common in lattes, non-dairy milks are used a lot too!
Soy milk (豆乳) is probably the most common and popular but other alternatives such as almond milk and oat milk are gaining popularity too.
Matcha goes very well with soy milk so we decided to use soy milk for this recipe, but you can use your preferred milk and it will still taste great!
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