Matcha Latte Energy-booster
If you're like me you can't say no to coffee. But caffeine can also hurt my stomach sometimes. These times call for something healthier, because usually it's when I'm busy with work and neglecting a little my eating times; then I need a good boost of energy from good coffee.
How can I avoid coffee when I still need it?
I would always see matcha lattes on the menus of coffee shops, but I remember the disappointment I had once when I ordered one at Starbucks. I was not convinced!
I decided now to try my own recipe, after all, it's not that hard to mix some powder, water and milk, is it?
Right, having said that you should really be careful with a few details. First the quality of your matcha powder. I've used the Iswari one, which I think is really nice and pure. There are numerous options. Matcha powder tends to be expensive, so the cheaper it is, the more mixed with other stuff it probably is.
About matcha powder: it's one of those superfoods packed with goodness like antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. I read once that drinking one cup of matcha tea is the equivalent of drinking 10 cups of green tea! So this means that matcha is also an energy-booster that can substitute my needed caffeine shot.
Second thing is that some people prefer to make their drinks with full milk, but I prefer a 50/50 mix of water and milk (I used oats milk), because I think that matcha can be very filling, I find it heavy if I make it with only milk. So maybe this makes it more like a cappuccino than a latte, but that's another discussion!
Another thing is that you can use different things to spice up your latte: cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, etc. I used only matcha because I love the vivid green of it and the flavour of pure matcha powder.
I like my coffee with no sugar, but when it comes to matcha I prefer it slightly sweet. And it is also optional. I used just simple honey, but whatever you prefer is the perfect choice.
To sum up, make it and use it with care. Matcha is very delicate but it can easily become overpowering, don't exaggerate. Try the recipe and give me some feedback about how it worked for you. I really hope you like it!
1 teaspoon of matcha powder
1/2 mug (your favourite one) of boiled water
1/2 mug (your favourite one) of warm milk
1 (optional) splash of honey
Boil the water, pour into the mug and stir in the match powder. Using a tea brush, if you have one (apparently it's better for the delicate matcha powder), or a small whisk (the old and good fork/spoon will also do!).
(I used a not too full teaspoon of matcha per cup, I think the flavour of matcha can be very strong and it can spoil your drink. The powder tends to sink, so mix it well and keep mixing if you don't want to end up with a thick paste on the bottom of the cup.)
Place the milk in a metal (or glass) tall jug and use a milk frother to create frothy milk. if you don't have a frother you can use a hand mixer or a whisk, but it won't create exactly the same creaminess and texture.
Pour the frothy milk into the mug, sprinkle some powder and use your favourite sweetener.
Enjoy your boost of energy!