This Matcha Coffee Latte is so simple and takes just 5 minutes to make (as long as you have some coffee leftover, cold brewed, or instant coffee ready to go). We combine earthy matcha with creamy oat milk and delicious coffee to make this super star of a drink.
I love coffee and making fancy lattes, even though I still struggle hard to make any form of latte art. I also love the flavor of matcha and making coffee shop matcha lattes at home. Therefore, when I saw Starbucks announce their Espresso Matcha, I instantly knew I had to make a homemade version!
The advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how you look at it) to a matcha coffee latte is you get the health benefits of green tea with the caffeine jolt of the matcha AND the coffee. I'll warn you that this isn't for those sensitive to caffeine. It will literally knock your socks off with energy!
So, if that's what you’re looking for, then let’s get to learning how to make matcha coffee lattes!
Looking for other ways to get your caffeine fix - try these:
Ingredients and Substitutions
All substitutions are a 1:1 substitute unless otherwise noted.
Matcha: Using quality matcha is SO important when making matcha coffee lattes. If it's not quality, the color of the matcha powder will be greenish-brown in color and will taste very grass-like. Using a high-quality or ceremonial grade matcha will be bright green in color (think Kermit the Frog) and will have a mild earthy and sweet flavor. Matcha Bar is our favorite!
Substitutions: There are no substitutions for the matcha powder. We use matcha powder for this recipe meaning matcha latte powder cannot be used. Matcha latte powder includes milk and a sweetener and we don’t want that for this recipe. Matcha green tea bags also can’t be used.
Water: You only need enough to make the matcha.
Substitutions: Sorry, no substitute for this.
Coffee: Coffee is a must for this matcha coffee latte. We like to make this drink in the afternoon and use coffee made earlier in the day.
Substitutions: You can use a shot of espresso, canned coffee, day-old coffee, or Instant coffee. Whatever kind you have on hand will work - decaf or regular.
Oat Milk: I enjoy using oat milk because of the mild nutty flavor. It does not froth very well if you are trying to do latte art - just fyi from someone with many failed oat milk latte arts under her belt. If you want to learn more check out our post about putting oat milk in coffee.
Substitutions: Any milk you prefer can be used for this matcha coffee latte. Almond milk, whole milk, half and half, etc. You can also use a barista blend of oat milk like this one.
How to Make this - Step by Step
Making this latte at home is super simple, you may never need to go to Starbucks again! Just kidding, you should go at least one more time (or a few).
Step one: Make the matcha by heating the water to warm, verging on hot (about 1 minute in the microwave) in a medium bowl. Then, add in the matcha powder, letting it bloom in the water for a second.
Next, whisk the matcha into the water side to side to dissolve it. Once mostly dissolved, whisk vigorously until frothy. You can also do this in a blender.
Step two: Add the milk to the matcha mixture and whisk in (or blend together).
Step three: Make your coffee using your preferred method. Check out our post about how much coffee grounds are needed for the perfect cup! Then, add ice to a glass, then pour over the coffee, and finally the matcha milk mixture. Enjoy!
Watch How to Make This - Step by Step
Matcha needs a certain temperature for the flavor to activate. It should be about 175 degrees F to activate, which corresponds to heating so it's hot to the touch but can still be handled. If the water is too hot, it will essentially “kill” the matcha and ruin the taste.
Facts and Common Questions:
Can you mix matcha with coffee?
Of course, hence this post for a dirty matcha latte! Just combine the amounts listed below for a real jolt!
Can I sweeten this or add flavor?
Yes, this matcha coffee latte is delicious with a little honey, lavender, almond extract, or vanilla syrup.
Can this latte be served hot?
Yes, to make a hot matcha coffee latte, you can heat everything on the stove top together or in the microwave after combining to serve hot.
Want to Save it for Later? Here’s how!
Matcha coffee lattes can be saved in the fridge. However, they do tend to separate (just a heads up before you panic)!
Fridge: Strain the ice out of any leftover matcha coffee latte and store in a sealed jar for up to 3 days. When ready to use, simply shake it up and pour over new ice.
Matcha gets its caffeine content through a process called shading. 20 days before harvest, the leaves are covered or shaded. The shade causes the leaves to concentrate the chlorophyll content, giving them a dark green color, boosting nutrients, and producing caffeine. Matcha contains 10-15% more life-sustaining amino acids and other nutrients that your body needs. One cup of regular green tea contains 3 mg amino acids compared to 44.7 mg in Matcha.
The unique caffeine in Matcha is called theophylline and is where matcha coffee benefits come from. Theophylline provides a more sustained release of energy, helping you to avoid that caffeine crash 2 hours after a cup of coffee. And because of that shade, it has higher levels of this caffeine than other green teas. (Source)
Try one of these tasty recipes to go with your matcha coffee latte!
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- 2 teaspoon matcha ceremonial grade powder
- ¼ cup water
- ⅓ cup coffee brewed
- ⅓ cup oat milk unsweetened
- Substitution options can be found in the post above
- Make the matcha by heating the water to warm, verging on hot (about 1 minute in the microwave) in a medium bowl. Then add in the matcha powder, letting it bloom in the water for a second. Then whisk the matcha into the water side to side to dissolve it. Once mostly dissolved, whisk vigorously until frothy. You can also do this in a blender.
- Add the milk to the matcha mixture and whisk in (or blend together).
- Add ice to a glass, then pour over the coffee, and finally the matcha milk mixture