This iced matcha latte recipe has been my go to drink recipe lately for whenever I need to set aside a few hours of focused work and just get things done. It’s excellent as a morning coffee alternative, too. Here’s the recipe for my absolute favorite iced matcha latte.
How to Make an Iced Matcha Latte
- Pour your choice of milk into a glass filled with ice. You can use any milk you like (dairy, almond, soy, etc.) and add the honey.
- Prepare the matcha. Add the matcha powder into a small bowl and then add the water.
- Whisk. Whisk the water and matcha until the mixture has a froth with tiny bubbles on the surface. Tip: If you have a matcha whisk called a chasen, this is ideal for whisking your matcha because it has a lot of small, springy tines.
- Pour the matcha mixture into the glass with the milk mixture. Watch it swirl together beautifully and serve immediately.
Why is Matcha Good for Energy and Focus?
Matcha works amazingly well for providing you with a steady stream of natural energy and a noticeable boost to your focus. Here’s why it works so well:
- Caffeine content. The first and most obvious reason why you’ll get an energy boost from this latte is from the caffeine content. While matcha may have less than 50% of the caffeine content of your standard cup of coffee, it still does contain enough to give you a noticeable boost.
- Contains l-theanine. Matcha contains l-theanine, which is in itself an incredibly popular nootropic supplement used for improving focus. In addition to helping with focus, l-theanine has also been found to provide some pretty great stress relieving benefits as well. (1)
- Antioxidant content. Last but not least, matcha also provides you with an abundance of disease fighting antioxidants. These compounds are essential for optimal health. (2)
How is Matcha Different from Regular Green Tea?
While they may appear quite different at first glance, matcha and green tea have a lot more in common than you may think.
The most obvious difference between the 2 is that green tea usually comes as a tea bag, while matcha comes in powder form. That powder is actually just 100% green tea leaves that have been finely ground though.
Due to the grinding process, many people find that matcha has a more rich, almost buttery flavor compared to green tea, which is great for making latte recipes like this one. It also has a vibrant green color, unlike regular tea leaves or tea bags.
How to Choose the Best Quality Matcha
There can be a big difference in quality among the matcha tea brands that you find on store shelves. In order to help you find the best quality matcha, keep these pointers in mind for what to look for:
- Quality matcha will not be cheap; expect to pay anywhere from $25-30 for a 30 gram tin of quality
- Watch for a vibrant green color. Low quality matcha will have a yellow or brown appearance
- Its texture is a very fine powder, not coarse or rough.
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Ermahgerd-worthy Iced Matcha Latte for Natural Energy and Focus
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- 3/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tsp matcha
- ice cubes
- In a measuring cup combine the milk and honey.
- Pour the milk mixture in a glass filled with ice.
- Place the matcha powder in a bowl.
- Add the water.
- Whisk until the matcha has a froth with tiny bubbles on the surface.
- Pour the matcha mixture in the glass.
- Serve immediately.