I’ll preface this post by saying: I’m no matcha expert. That being said, I think I make a mean iced matcha latte if I do say so myself. While coffee will always be my first and true love, matcha is my go-to when it comes to afternoon pick me-ups. There is something so beautifully refreshing about an iced matcha latte.
While both coffee and matcha have antioxidants, quality matcha has a higher concentration. Additionally, matcha is rich in chlorophyll, which works hard to fight oxidation and decrease inflammation in the body. Matcha is similar to coffee in regards to caffeine, but due to the presence of the amino acid l-theanine, the caffeine tends to provide slow released and longer lasting energy. Matcha can be a good alternative for people who have trouble with tolerating coffee or other forms of caffeine.
I suggest buying the highest quality matcha you can afford for best results. There are many affordable brands of ceremonial grade matcha on amazon. I’ve really been into Naoki matcha as of lately. Authentically and responsibly sourced from Japan and brews a beautifully bright green tea. If you’re matcha is on the browne or duller side, I would question the quality and source of your tea.
A Few Pointers
A common mistake when I started making iced matcha, was not brewing the tea with hot water first, then pouring over ice. To dissolve and brew, the matcha needs very hot, not boiling, water. Whisking the tea properly is also important. If you use just a spoon, you will end up with clumps. I suggest using a hand frother (like this one I use) or an actual matcha whisk.
How to Make an Iced Matcha Latte:
- Scoop 1 tsp of matcha into a small batter bowl or mug.
- Add 1/2 cup of very hot, but not boiling water and whisk until the matcha is fully dissolved and it becomes frothy.
- Add 1/2 cup of cold water, and whisk again.
- Pour the matcha over ice in a tall glass.
- Add 1 cup of your favorite milk (dairy or non).
- Add a dash of peppermint extract (optional).
- Sip and enjoy immediately.
Tell me: have you ever had matcha before? Do you prefer it iced or hot? What brand do you love?
Thanks for reading, friends!