Why Is Matcha So Trendy? And What Does It Actually Do? We Explain…

Move aside coffee, there’s a new caffeinated pick-me up in town. Helloooo, Matcha. If you’ve been following trending hashtags on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen this green, frothy, artwork grace your feed at least once. You’re probably wondering, “what exactly is this foreign substance you’re asking me to replace my daily coffee ritual with?”

WHAT IT IS

Matcha is a form of Chinese green tea, but instead of finding it in a tea bag, it’s pure tea powder. It’s powder form makes it the highest potency of green tea in the world, so yes, it’s still filled with caffeine giving you the boost of energy you’re looking for from your cup of joe. Don’t get me wrong though, the flavor is nothing like coffee, and while it’s delicious, it does have earthy undertones. If you’re already a green tea fan, you’ll love it with a bit of honey and vanilla.

Source: @alfredtea

WHY YOU WANT IT

Personally, a hot cup of coffee with almond milk is the foundation of my morning routine, and to to be honest, I feel slightly incomplete without it. But Gwyneth loves them, so I knew I had to try give it a shot.

After much contemplation, I started replacing mid-afternoon coffee pick-me-ups with matcha lattes, and I found them to be really delicious and satisfying. Plus, beyond the energy boost, there are loads of health benefits including increased metabolism, weight loss, getting an energy boost without the crash, antioxidants to prevent aging, cancer and other chronic diseases, and aids the body in the detoxification process. 

Source: Pinch of Yum

How to Make Your Own Matcha Latte

A matcha latte at your local cafe is going to cost you a pretty penny. In NYC, they run upwards of about $5.00…not exactly budget friendly. The good news is, with a few essential tools, you can make this treat at home.

Ingredients & Tools

  • Small bamboo whisk
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Milk frother (optional)
  • ½ cup hot non-dairy milk like almond or coconut
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 tsp Matcha Powder
  • ½ tsp Raw honey or organic maple syrup (optional)
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla (optional)

Instructions

  • Add 1 tsp of Matcha into your mixing bowl
  • Mix with a small amount of hot water and whisk vigorously until it becomes a paste
  • Pour hot water and hot non-dairy milk into the paste
  • Add sweeteners (optional)
  • Froth the drink to the desired amount of foam. You could also froth the water and milk separately before adding it to the Matcha – barista’s choice!
  • If these is too complicated, you can always completely eliminate the frothing section, but a latte always feel fancier with a bit of foam

You can also try…

Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

Iced Coconut Matcha Latte

Vanilla Coconut Matcga Latte

If you want to experience the benefits of matcha but aren’t into the latte thing, try this on-the-go single serve solution.

What do you think? Is matcha a good alternative to coffee or just another trendy drink? 

  • I have matcha powder and would love to try making a latte but is a small bamboo whisk necessary to mix it? Can you use a plain old spoon or does it not mix as well as with the whisk?

    Emily | http://emilytrinh.com

    • Hi Emily! A spoon won’t work as well as a whisk, but you could try a regular whisk. Let me know how it goes! You can also add matcha to baked goods for fun – in NYC there’s a spot that makes matcha croissants!

  • Masaya

    Thanks for the guide! I’ve been rolling my eyes at Matcha, brushing it off as a sill new super food fad, but hearing it’s simply another form of green tea makes me want to give it go. (Especially with coconut milk!)

  • Masaya

    Thanks for the guide! I’ve been rolling my eyes at Matcha, brushing it off as a sill new super food fad, but hearing it’s simply another form of green tea makes me want to give it go. (Especially with coconut milk!)

  • SincerelyYoli

    Oh wow! I like matcha it’s so nice to know the benefits! And how to make a latte! I don’t know about the bamboo whisk? (:

    http://www.cutieandherbeauty.com

  • Sam @ Hygge Wellness

    Thanks for sharing! It’s so hard to tell good quality matcha powder apart from the more processed versions. I can’t wait to try the latte you suggested!

    http://hyggewellness.com/blog

  • Daniyal Saleem

    Visit opti-moi.com for your matcha green tea 🙂

  • I guess I was always kind of an elitist about matcha – if it was to be served at all, it was in a small tea cup, whisked to perfection, and sipped daintily while sitting in seiza….but I got over that pretty quickly. My Japanese penpal sent me a bag of matcha latte mix (just add milk or water!) and I fell in love. Now I always have some matcha latte powder at home if I want to whip something up. It’s a lot cheaper than buying pure matcha – though I will splurge on that if I want to bake something green tea flavored!