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Matcha Latte – Downshiftology

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This matcha latte will have you feeling soothed and refreshed! It’s a delicious, earthy blend of fresh matcha powder, a dash of honey, and creamy milk. But its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and nutritious profile are what really makes this the ultimate “healing” drink.

A matcha latte next to a bowl of matcha powder

Matcha 101

In short, matcha is a form of green tea that’s made from whole green tea leaves ground into very fine powder. Not just any green tea leaves though. Matcha undergoes a unique process where they shade the leaves several weeks before harvesting to increase chlorophyll levels and amino acids. That’s what gives matcha its vibrant green color and energizing nutrients!

So what’s the difference between matcha and regular green tea? Green tea is steeped in hot water, giving you about 75% of its nutrients. Whereas matcha powder allows you to consume the entire leaf with all its shining health benefits. Plus, it’s got a great kick with a slow and steady caffeine. It’s no wonder why matcha has become a morning ritual for so many people (including me!).

Ingredients for a matcha latte on a table

What’s In A Matcha Latte?

  • Matcha Powder: I’m a big fan of this Akira Ceremonial Matcha. Three things to look out for are the origin (which should be a product of Japan), that it’s organic, and that it’s “stone ground”.
  • Water: Make sure to use hot water. This will help break up the matcha powder as you whisk it!
  • Milk: You can use any dairy or non-dairy milk (such as almond milk, cashew milk, or oat milk). Just warm it up and froth.
  • Sweetener: I personally like to use honey or maple syrup, but you can use any sweetener that you like.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below

Different types of Matcha

Did you know there’s at least 5 or more different types of matcha? From a ceremonial grade to classic grade to kitchen grade, each one differs in quality and use. But the most common types are ceremonial, culinary and premium – here’s why.

  • Ceremonial Grade is the highest quality made from young matcha leaves – sweet, mild, and rich in nutrition. Which is why it’s used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and meant to be consumed in its purest form with just water.
  • Culinary Grade is on par with Ceremonial Grade, it’s just a bit more robust and bitter. This makes it the perfect option for mixed drinks or baked goods.
  • Premium Grade matcha is similar to Culinary Grade in the sense that it can be used in your everyday routine, without breaking the bank. So if you’re looking for a green boost in beverages, this is a great choice.

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