Matcha is considered a super food, so why not put it in a latte? Healthy super coffee?
I think, YAS!
But to enjoy the smooth texture and health benefits of matcha, you need deep pockets.
Matcha can be pricey, and having the right matcha for your latte is important so you're not throwing your money to the wind.
In this article, I review the best matcha powder for lattes so you can get right to blending your matcha!
Matcha is not your ordinary green tea cocktail. "Matcha" refers to powdered tea.
Compared to the traditional way of drinking tea, (infusing green tea leaves with hot water and discarding it right after), matcha allows you to enjoy the richness of green tea flavor blended with water.
A cup of matcha tea is made by mixing a teaspoon of matcha powder with at least 3/4 cup of hot water.
To yield the best quality of matcha powder, green tea plants, specifically camellia sinensise, are grown in shade for three to four weeks prior to its harvest.
The best green tea buds are hand picked with stems and veins removed.
These young buds are then briefly steamed and dried before being stone-ground to a fine grain.
What Are the Benefits of Drinking Matcha Powder?
Matcha is not your ordinary green tea offering more health benefits than other hot drinks out there!
It's rich in a special type of catechin known as epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG. This antioxidant in Matcha works as a free-radical fighting agent, and matcha powder has lots and lots of it.
Although a regular green tea brew also has this cancer-fighting benefit, matcha has around 20-25 mg more EGCG per serving.
Aside from EGCG, matcha is filled with a wide variety of other important antioxidants. Total antioxidants in a single cup of matcha is equivalent to about 10 cups of regular green tea brew.
Antioxidants are essential in helping your body boost its defense system against aging, infection and disease.
Matcha is also considered a super food for those who want to lose some weight.
A metabolism booster, matcha powder is proven to speed up your calorie- burn by up to four times.
Apart from boosting one's immunity and helping in weight loss, matcha offers a long line of other health benefits.
Matcha powder can help lower blood cholesterol and sugar, improve concentration, reduce tension and even balance mood.
How does Matcha taste?
The taste of matcha varies according to its quality.
Sub-quality matcha powder may taste bitter, but premium matcha has a smooth and sweet, lingering taste.
Growing the green tea plant in shade for three to four months prior to harvest gives the plant high chlorophyl content. And it's this property that gives match its unique flavor, similar to cooked vegetables.
What are the side affects of Matcha?
Drinking matcha regularly is generally great for you!
But Matcha has proven to contain more lead than a regular green tea brew.
This is especially dangerous for toddlers, elderly, young children and pregnant women.
Most of the lead content actually stays in the leaf when you steep a bag of regular green tea so the amount of lead you are ingesting from filtered tea is naturally minimized.
With matcha, you're ingesting the leaves, which are often contaminated with lead, fluoride and even arsenic. These are absorbed by the tea plant from the surrounding soil.
The National Institute of Health does not recommend consuming more than 5 cups of regular green tea a day, and no more than 1-2 cups of matcha.
Watch this video to learn more about the pros and cons of matcha:
How To Make A Matcha Latte:
Now that you know about matcha, making a matcha latte is super easy!
Here's what you need:
- Premium grade matcha powder
- A sieve
- A bamboo matcha scoop
- A matcha bowl and whisk
- A milk frother
- And of course, a cool mug
Click here to get my full matcha latte recipe!
Oishi Matcha is premium grade Japanese matcha powder is made only through strict farming and processing techniques.
This matcha is made from hand-picked first harvest leaves of green tea plants that have been shade-grown for at least three weeks.
Oishi matcha froths great, and has a vibrant color.
This 16 oz pack is good for 454 servings with 1g or 1/2 teaspoon per serving suggestion.
- Premium gourmet quality matcha powder
- No preservatives, zero filler, and radiation free
- Made from first harvest leaves
- Stronger green tea flavor
- Sweet smell and easily leaves a thick froth
- Not great for unsweetened lattes
If you are looking for an on-the-go solution for your matcha latte craving, Starter Matcha could just be the perfect option for you.
Not only that it boasts top quality and preservative free matcha powder, the product also comes with an electric handheld frother that you can count on for instant frothed milk anywhere you go.
The product is culinary grade, which means you can enjoy great matcha aroma and texture, be it for lattes, smoothies, and even pancakes!
- Culinary grade
- 100% USDA organic
- Perfect for lattes, frappes, cakes, and pastries
- Preservative free
- Color may not be as vibrant when whisked with water
- Has a slightly bitter aftertaste
If you are a frequent traveler and a matcha enthusiast at the same time, The Republic of Tea has a special treat for you.
Its 0.3 oz taster tin is sleek and easy to carry with you from your daily commute, to your office, to weekend trips.
Whether you like matcha hot or cold, The Republic of Tea matcha is as smooth and rich as any ceremonial grade matcha powder.
- Premium quality Japanese matcha powder
- Vegetal taste without the bitterness and astringency
- Sleak and easy to carry canister
- More expensive compared to culinary grade matcha
- Canister content is only good for 6 cup servings
Leafix Organic Matcha is made of top quality shade grown green leaves harvested and processed straight from Kagoshima, Japan.
The product is offered with a resealable packaging so that matcha lovers can enjoy the powder's locked-in freshness and flavor down to the last scoop.
- Ceremonial grade matcha
- 100% USDA organic
- Resealable packaging
- Shade grown and processed from Kagoshima, Japan
- Taste is stronger than most and needs a little getting used to
Another matcha magic grown from the most vibrant farms in Japan, Soar Organics Organic Matcha Green Tea is a top-quality ceremonial grade matcha powder. It's secured in a pull top canister and can whisk up to 25 servings of matcha drinks.
This matcha powder is shade-grown, handpicked, and processed in Japan to make sure that its freshness and richness in flavor is sealed in every canister.
It's also certified by Canada Organic Regime and the Japanese Agricultural Standard.
- Top quality ceremonial grade Matcha
- Matcha green tea from Japan
- Harvested, processed, and packaged in Japan for sealed in freshness
- One canister is good for 25 servings
- Brand is new in the industry so it can be pricey and doesn't have a long product track-record
My Top Pick: Konomi Oishi Organic Matcha
More and more green tea lovers are now fast becoming matcha connoisseurs.
With a growing customer base across the globe, a lot of companies have stepped up their game in producing the finest matcha powder products.
But most of all, I love Konomi Oishi Organic Matcha!
From Kyoto, this gourmet-grade matcha powder is perfect for both cooking and drinking. And it's going to be amazing in your latte!