How to Make the Perfect Matcha Latte at Home

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Coffee will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sometimes we like to change up our caffeine routine and start our days with a cup of green tea. Matcha, in particular, is a type of powdered green tea made from whole leaves, which, when whisked with hot water and a little steamed milk, make for a tasty alternative to espresso-based drinks. The best part is, you don’t need any special equipment to prepare your own matcha latte at home. Here’s how we make ours.


  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • ¼ cup hot water (not boiling)
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 1-2 teaspoons sweetener of your choice (optional)
  • Ice cubes (optional, for an iced matcha latte)


  1. Sift 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into a bowl to remove any clumps.
  2. Pour the hot water into the bowl with the sifted matcha powder. Use a whisk to vigorously whisk the matcha and hot water together in a “W” or “M” motion until the mixture becomes smooth and frothy. To prepare your match the traditional way, you can also try using a bamboo whisk.
  3. For an iced matcha latte, skip to step 4. For a hot latte, heat the milk over medium heat in a small saucepan until it’s warm but not boiling. Alternatively, you can heat the milk in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. 
  4. If you have a milk frother, froth the milk until it becomes creamy and a layer of foam forms on top. If you don’t have a frother, you can achieve a similar effect by vigorously whisking the warm milk or shaking it in a tightly closed jar.
  5. Pour the whisked matcha into a mug over the ice cubes if using. Add the milk over the matcha, holding back the foam with a spoon. If you’re using a sweetener, add it at this point.
  6. Spoon the remaining foam on top of your matcha latte.
  7. Stir gently and enjoy!