How to Make Matcha Latte at Home

Iced,  hot or even spiced (dirty) this matcha latte recipe is smooth, creamy and full of antioxidants. Easy to make and totally delicious.

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Ice latte Matcha tea in glass

What Does a Matcha Latte Taste Like?

The taste of matcha green tea powder can be a little bitter and some describe it to have a grass-like flavor. Adding agave or vanilla syrup helps make the matcha sweeter. A matcha latte can also be made with any milk of your choice. I like using non-dairy options such as Almond or Coconut milk with my matcha, but certainly regular milk works well to make a latte. I also love adding cinnamon and turmeric to my matcha for a spiced matcha latte version. The addition of both turmeric and cinnamon helps bring even more anti-oxidants and health benefits to my matcha, not to mention great flavor.

Matcha Latte Ingredients

  • Matcha powder
  • Maple syrup or agave
  • Milk of your choice
  • ice ( to make your latte iced)

Other Optional Ingredients for a Spiced Matcha Latte Version

  • Turmeric powder
  • Cinnamon powder
Ice latte Matcha tea in glass served with raw energy balls. Vegan food

Health Benefits of Matcha Instead of Coffee

Not only is this matcha latte recipe delicious, but drinking matcha is ultimately good for you. Matcha green tea powder has countless benefits. It’s energizing, anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants.

One of my favorite benefits of drinking matcha is that it’s calming. Even though matcha contains caffeine, the caffeine in matcha green tea is combined with L-theanine, which has natural calming properties, while also keeping you alert.

Matcha is also high in a catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to have cancer-fighting effects on the body. Studies have linked green tea to a variety of health benefits, like helping to prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, and even encouraging weight loss.

In short, a matcha latte in the afternoon can not only ease the days anxieties, but also increase your focus for the rest of the day. I’m definitely not a doctor so consult your physician, but darn doesn’t that sound like we should all have a matcha latte everyday?

Benefits of Matcha Green Tea Powder

  • High in antioxidants
  • Protects agains certain cancers
  • Calming
  • Improves Focus and concentration
  • Can contribute to weight loss
Soy milk pouring in matcha ice tea

How To Make a Matcha Latte at Home

The word matcha means “powdered tea,” and though it may seem intimidating at first a matcha latte is very easy to prepare. The trick to making the best matcha latte recipe is a good quality matcha powder.

It’s also very important to not confuse matcha green tea powder with ordinary green tea. Unlike regular green tea which appears dull and brown, matcha should be bright green in color.

You can find matcha green tea powder in specialty stores such as Whole Foods ( usually in the spice section), as well as online on Amazon. I typically use this powder to make my matcha latte or my matcha energy balls.

Generally, the lighter (in weight) the matcha the better quality, and it’s worth it to spend a few extra dollars on good quality matcha. Besides we only use a teaspoon or each time so your matcha purchase is sure to last.

Ice latte Matcha tea in glass

Dirty Iced Matcha Latte Recipe

This spicy and creamy matcha latte is easy and delicious to make at home for a healthy start to your day.


  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1 tsp agave or sweetener of your choice
  • 1/2 cup cup milk of your choice

Dirty or Spicy Matcha Latte

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric


  • Add matcha powder and sweetener to your cup. 
  • Also add cinnamon and turmeric to make your matcha latte spicy. 
  • Then add the 2 tablespoon of hot water and whisk to create a smooth, frothy consistency.
  • Add more hot water and top with warmed milk of your choice. Enjoy!
  • Traditionally you’re supposed to add a small amount of hot water to your matcha and use a bamboo whisk to create a frothy consistency.
  • If you do not have a bamboo whisk, a regular whisk works in a pinch.


  • Traditionally you’re supposed to add a small amount of hot water to your matcha and use a bamboo whisk to create a frothy consistency.
  • If you do not have one, you can use a regular whisk.

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