Make your favorite refreshing Iced Matcha Latte at home with simply three ingredients only. More importantly, find high-quality matcha to make this drink taste even better.
Iced Matcha Latte is simply my favorite-to-go drink and I have never turned back. The good news is that drinking matcha is great for your body. Studies have linked matcha to a variety of health benefits. Sipping matcha daily can have a positive impact on your energy levels and overall health.
If you are missing your usual Iced Matcha Latte from your neighborhood coffee shop, this recipe is for you. In addition, the best part of making this at home is you can control what is inside of your drink. Substitute the sugar with honey or maple syrup, or replace the whole milk with your almond milk.
Some of you may get confused about the difference between green tea and matcha. The names are slightly deceptive because green tea and matcha are used interchangeably, but they are actually slightly different. Matcha and green tea both come from the same plant, camellia sinensis, but they are grown and processed differently.
Matcha is made from whole green tea leaves that have been pulverized into a super fine powder. Because the whole leaf is powdered and ingested, instead of just water infused through the tea leaves, matcha has significantly greater substances and deeper flavor than green tea. Moreover, you cannot grind the regular green tea to make matcha, considering matcha is made from shade-grown tea leaves. Processing regular green tea involves the leaves being left in the sun. Comparatively, matcha bushes are specifically kept undercover to increase the chlorophyll and amino acid level in the leaves. That is why matcha has a much richer flavor than green tea.
Choose The Right Matcha
The trick of making a good Iced Matcha Latte is a good quality matcha powder. The quality of matcha is closely correlated with the benefits you will experience. So, if you want to feel energized, focused, creative, whilst being calm and relaxed, you should find a better quality of matcha. High-quality matcha powder should be a vibrant green. Dull olive or brown hues indicate low chlorophyll content or oxidation. Stay away from these.
Please note that matcha comes in both ceremonial-grade and culinary-grade. Ceremonial grade matcha powder is considered higher quality and should be used for drinking straight. Meanwhile, culinary grade matcha powder is intended for baking and cooking purposes. Ceremonial grade matcha is made from the youngest tea leaves with all the stems and veins removed to obtain a very smooth flavor and texture.
More Matcha Recipes
Are you matcha lovers? Take a peek at these delicious matcha desserts below!
- Matcha Panna Cotta
- Matcha White Chocolate Brownies
- Almond White Chocolate Matcha Cookies
- Matcha Pancakes
- Eggless Matcha Tiramisu Cake