Do you love matcha a whole latte? (Sorry, had to.) There’s so much to enjoy when it comes to this green, finely-ground powder of young tea leaves. And with some tips from a pro, you can make a matcha latte at home that’s just as good—if not better—than what you’d order from a coffee shop.
First thing’s first: Why matcha? Between its cancer-fighting properties and ability to reduce your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, it has some pretty impressive health benefits. It also contains less caffeine than coffee, as well as a special amino acid called L-theanine that allows you to increase your energy sans jitters (or a caffeine crash).
If there’s anyone who knows how to make a perfect matcha latte at home, it’s Remy Morimoto Park, the holistic nutritionist and food blogger behind Veggiekins. She grew up drinking matcha with her grandma and has learned a lot along the way. Most importantly, that not all matcha is created equal, and knowing the right type to buy—as well as the right technique—is key to getting a great flavor.
Park recently shared her top three tips for making the perfect matcha latte. Here’s everything you need to know to get started.
3 Tips for Making a Matcha Latte at Home
1. Choose Ceremonial-Grade Matcha
There’s a real difference between matcha types. “You want to make sure you’re using a high-quality, ceremonial-grade matcha,” Park explains in a video. “A lot of matcha out there is culinary-grade, which means it’s lower quality and usually more yellow in color, kind of dull in flavor, and a little bit more bitter.”
A ceremonial grade matcha—like Matcha Bloom Tea, the organic, vegan, non-GMO, and FSC-certified option Park buys—will have a more vibrant green appearance than a culinary-grade option.
2. Use the Appropriate Tools
When making a matcha latte at home, a metal spoon just won’t do. “The basic tools I recommend include a matcha bowl, a bamboo whisk, some kind of tea scoop, and a sifter,” Park says. But it’s the bamboo whisk that really makes all the difference in the quality of your latte.
“The most essential tool is the bamboo whisk,” she says. “I don’t recommend using anything else because it helps with the clumps and also aerates the tea and brings out its flavor.”
3. Pick the Right Plant-Based Milk
Drinking matcha alone can be too bitter—especially if you’re not used to it. To upgrade your at-home sip, choose a plant-based milk. “Add your whisked matcha to your plant milk of choice,” Park says. “I really like almond and oat milk, or soy and pistachio milk for the best froth.”
If you prefer your matcha latte on the sweeter side, Park says you can also add a liquid sweetener like maple syrup. There you have it: A delicious homemade matcha latte, no trip to the coffee shop needed.