Matcha green tea latte… a direct import from Japan for me! Before I traveled and lived in Japan in 2012, I would have definitely said that I hated green tea and matcha. I had had it a few times in different forms and found them all super bitter. When I got to Japan, I had no interest in drinking green tea at all although they are well-known for their high quality tea leaves.
Even though I never bought green tea or matcha for myself, it was impossible to avoid getting offered green tea at the various social gatherings at school. In fact, the school itself had different kinds of green tea products available for the teachers to eat and drink during break time. The joke was definitely on me, because green tea was so delicious! It is crazy how different the green tea tasted. Quality is so important when making green tea. If you are going to spend a few extra dollars on something, let it be your green tea and matcha! The difference is night and day.
Matcha lattes quickly became my go-to during my break in the teacher’s room. I haven’t stopped since then. Matcha is very easy to make and has many health benefits. It does have caffeine, but it doesn’t have the same effect on me like coffee has.
There are several types of matcha, but most of them in my experience work well in lattes. The very best taste in my experience is ceremonial grade matcha. But if you can’t find that where you are, any matcha will do!
Are you a matcha fan?