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Vanilla Coconut Matcha Latte

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Bowl of matcha tea

Start your day off with a brain-boosting, free-radical fighting, delicious vanilla coconut matcha latte

I don’t drink coffee. I quit years ago. I didn’t like the spikes of energy and the drop off and crash that came when that spike wore off. I didn’t like how it made my stomach feel and I didn’t like how it made my head feel if I skipped just one day without my morning brew.

I like having a beverage in the morning and finding a coffee replacement was difficult. I wanted to have a chai latte, still do have them occasionally, but I wanted something with more health benefits.

That’s when I turned to matcha.

I’ve had some horrible matcha lattes from various cafes across the country and it wasn’t until I started making it at home that I fell in love with it.

matcha tea whisk

How you make matcha actually matters

You can’t just dump a spoonful of matcha powder in a cup, pour hot water over it, and call it a day. I’ve done this and it’s gross.

I have had plenty of bad matcha, more bad than good in fact. This is not going to be that matcha if you follow this recipe.

It turns out how matcha is prepared, from the ratios of tea to water, the temperature of the water and the tools you use have a lot to do with how your matcha will taste. The quality of your matcha powder matters as well.

Traditionally, you would sift the matcha powder into a small bowl, add your hot water and whisk it all together with a chasen (or bamboo matcha whisk). I try to limit the amount of dishes I have to wash so I actually dry whisk my matcha powder instead of sifting it before I add water and whisk it again.

You can buy this traditional matcha tea kit on Amazon – it’s what I use at home and I love it.

 

bamboo matcha whisk and electric hand frother
Chasen or bamboo matcha whisk (left) and electric hand frother (right)

You can also just get the ratio right and use an electric hand frother but the flavor will not be the same. Some people will tell you this is not the way to do it, but this is your life and your beverage – if it’s what you have at home or what you have time for, do it and enjoy. You should know there is a difference in how it will taste though.

Bamboo whisked matcha is delicate and delicious where the flavor or electric hand mixed matcha is stronger and more bitter. Many people do not like the taste of matcha because of this. I suggest trying it both ways and seeing for yourself which way you enjoy more.

If you like a hot latte, you can use an electric hand frother to froth your milk separately before adding it to your matcha. If I am having an iced latte, I skip frothing my milk and just pour my tea over ice and whole milk.

 

weighing matcha tea on a scale

For the perfect matcha latte, use a scale

I have watched a lot of Great British Baking show and in the US we really don’t use scales in the kitchen all that often. I have a scale in the kitchen to weigh out our dogs’ food for breakfast and dinner, but I never used it for anything else until I started making pierogis and matcha lattes.

I’m getting more into weighing out ingredients now and if you want to make the perfect matcha latte, I suggest getting yourself a nice little digital scale for your kitchen. I’ve provided some links below in the “Shop this Post” section.

iced matcha latte in glass cup with bamboo lid and glass straw
16oz. Glass cups with bamboo lid and glass straw - Click the photo to buy them on Amazon

My favorite drinking glasses: glass straws and bamboo lids included

I’m a sucker for a straw (pun intended). I had a recent incident with a metal straw and I sucked something foreign and old and gross out of one and since that day, I have done away with metal straws and now I only drink out of glass straws.

This glass cup set with bamboo lids and glass straws, in particular, is my favorite and I use them everyday. They fit in a standard car cup holder too which is great.

matcha latte ingredients
Ingredients (from back to front): Organic ceremonial grade matcha powder, KOS organic coconut milk powder, and Cymbiotika Magnesium L-Threonate

Substitutes and extras

I use coconut milk powder AND whole milk in this latte. You can substitute your favorite non-dairy milk in place of the whole milk, but I would keep the coconut milk powder for taste.

You can sweeten your matcha latte with honey or agave if you like, but I don’t like mine too sweet and just enjoy it exactly how I have it written in the recipe.

One extra thing I like to do, if I have them, is add a pack of Cymbiotika Vanilla Cream Magnesium L-Threonate INSTEAD of vanilla extract. I don’t do both, just one or the other. If you don’t have the Cymbiotika Vanilla Cream packs then use 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

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My Favorite Cups

16 oz. Glass Cup with Bamboo Lid & Glass Straw

The Tea

Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha Powder

I buy this one from Amazon or get the Sen Cha organic ceremonial matcha from Costco.

The Coconut Milk

KOS Organic Coconut Milk Powder

This jar will last you almost three months if you follow this recipe and use about two scoops per tea and have one tea a day.

For extra magnesium

Cymbiotika Vanilla Cream Magnesium L-Threonate

Substitute vanilla extract for one of these if you have them.

My Scale

OXO Black Glass Digital Food Scale

If you don’t have a digital scale in your kitchen this is the perfect all-around scale to have – you might start to use it more than you think! It’s easy to clean and store in any drawer.

My Tools

Traditional Matcha Tea Kit

This kit comes with a chasen (the bamboo whisk), a sifter, a bamboo tea spoon, and a bamboo tea scoop.

My Electric Frother

Electric hand frother

Use this for frothing your milk if you are having a hot latte.

My Kettle

Fellow Stag EKG Electric Kettle

An electric tea kettle allows you to control the exact temperature of your water which is important for making the perfect matcha latte.

iced matcha latte in glass cup with ice

Vanilla Coconut Matcha Latte

Matcha is a great beverage to start your day. It's known for its free radical-fighting antioxidants that help with your digestion, your brain, your metabolism, your overall health and so much more. Ditch the coffee and start drinking this. This brain-boosting beverage is my go-to everyday morning drink. If you don't have Cymbiotika Magnesium L-Threonate you can still make this, you just won't get the extra magnesium.
Cook Time3 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Keyword: green tea, latte, matcha
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp Organic Matcha Powder 2 grams
  • 1 tsp KOS Organic Coconut Milk Powder (2 scoops from the jar) 4 grams
  • cup Water or 80 grams, boiled between 150℉ - 175℉
  • ½ - ¾ cup Milk (use as much as you'd like) whole, coconut, oat, almond, whatever
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • ¼ tsp Organic Vanilla Extract If you have Cymbiotika Vanilla Cream Magnesium L-Threonate packs, sub one of those instead

Make it sweeter:

  • Organic Agave Syrup OR Honey if you want your latte sweeter

For extra magnesium:

  • 1 packet Vanilla Cream Cymbiotika Magnesium L-Threonate if you have these, sub for vanilla extract

Instructions

  • If you want the perfect matcha latte you should use a proper scale and follow this recipe exactly. If you don't have a scale and a matcha whisk, you can use a hand frother but you will compromise the taste of the matcha. The choice is yours.
    Place your bowl on a scale and zero it out, add your 2 grams of matcha powder, and dry whisk the powder to remove any tea clumps. Pour 70-80 grams of hot water, between 165-175℉, over the tea and whisk.
    The quick method: 1/2 tsp of matcha in a cup with boiling water.
    You could drink your matcha just like this if you wanted to but you came here for a latte so keep reading!
  • Add your coconut milk powder and cinnamon to the tea - whisk together until smooth. Coconut milk powder tends to be clumpy so you are going to need to spend some time to whisk the clumps out.
    The quick method: Add vanilla, cinnamon, coconut milk powder, and milk of choice into your cup and blend it with your electric hand frother.
  • Pour your matcha into a glass and add the vanilla and your milk of choice - stir with a spoon or straw. (If you are subbing in Cymbiotika Vanilla Cream Magnesium, L-Threonate skip the vanilla extract - you don't need both.)
    If you want your matcha latte iced, add ice. If you want it hot enjoy it as is!

Notes

Weighing your ingredients is important. If you eyeball your ingredients you risk using too much matcha powder and you might come to dislike the flavor (and it would be your fault). When you use the right amount of matcha powder, the flavor is delicate and delicious. Get a scale and a bamboo tea whisk, and start your mornings with a beverage ritual you can feel good about.
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