Matcha Latte: Better than coffee?
What if I told you there was an alternative to coffee that has…
- more antioxidants, and in higher amounts,
- less caffeine, with a more steady relaxing buzz, and
- a concentrated dose of all the benefits of green tea?
Would you be into that?
Well, it’s a real thing. If you haven’t been properly introduced, meet Matcha green tea.
My introduction to matcha was before a workshop in NYC. I arrived early, so I walked around to check out the neighborhood and found a place called ChaCha Matcha. It looked cool (and crowded) so I went in to see what it was all about.
I walked out with a green, foamy, ginger infused brew and headed back to the workshop. I had heard of the benefits before, including the legendary caffeine buzz, so I wanted to try it out for myself.
Matcha did NOT disappoint! My reaction to this was much different that a typical coffee buzz, which makes me jittery and uncomfortable at times. I enjoyed a calm, mental alertness that lasted throughout the day.
Now on the mornings where I have a bit more time, I’ll make a quick matcha latte to bring to the gym. You all know those mornings because I’m a little more fun and energetic! Plus, the mug with the sludgy looking green foam inside is a dead giveaway 😀
If great, even-keeled energy isn’t enough to get you fired up about this, then maybe the numerous antioxidants and numerous other health claims will get you going. This might just be a great substitution for your morning coffee!
You can try matcha plain, just whisked into water, but the latte is a nice treat. Most well-stocked grocery stores will have matcha powder in the tea section or “natural foods” section. Costco just started carrying some too!
- Heat water to 175 degrees, or just shy of boiling (if it’s too hot the tea will get bitter)
- Whisk 1/4 of a cup of water into 1 teaspoon of matcha powder.
- Heat 3/4 cup of your favorite milk (dairy or non dairy options), add the tea mixture, and stir. Add a teaspoon of honey if you like.