You might have heard of matcha before and if you haven’t then, yes I mean matcha. Not mocha… Matcha is a finely ground japanese green tea powder know for its antioxidant and metabolism boosting benefits. It is also quite high in caffeine so it is a good swap if you are cutting back on the coffee…. Since it is not so popular, except in the very finest establishments I figured I might as well learn to make it myself. True matcha is not so cheap – it is a definitely a bit of a splurge at £10 a pot. But it is one I recommend you try, especially if you are trying to get off the coffee. Just think about all that money you spend on takeaway cups from Pret… I know…. Its a depressing thought.
I am going through a rather hardcore phase of matcha latte love, at the moment. It is particularly good when it is frothed to oblivion with hot milk, in a creamy green latte. It is true a cup of green milk gets a few odd looks from neighbouring desks but it is definitely worth it…
I am a fan of the Vitalife brand. They are less expensive than most and good quality. The easiest way to get hold of it is online here A mini whisk/ a milk frother is a must for a smooth creamy finish.
- 1 heaped teaspoon Matcha Powder
- 50ml Boiling Water
- 200ml hot Milk, you could use almond or soy, if you prefer.
- Honey or Sugar, to taste
Boil the kettle. Use a whisk, or milk frother to mix 1 teaspoon matcha powder with 50 ml boiling water.
Add the water gradually whilst mixing to combine. Froth the milk until light and aerated, then add the water and dissolved matcha in the milk, mixing as you go.
Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar. Enjoy hot or cold. Preferably with a cheeky biscotti