Matcha Latte



PrintJump to Recipe

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may earn a commission if you click on the link and make a purchase.

This Matcha Latte Recipe is a step-by-step how-to on how to make this delicious Japanese drink. Tea houses in Kyoto, Japan have been serving matcha (green tea) for hundreds of years. This at-home version is just as delicious. You can also make an iced matcha latte recipe too!

overhead shot with honey, matcha, matcha latte and linen

What is Matcha?

Matcha powder is made up of ground up green tea leaves. If you ever have the privilege of visiting Kyoto, Japan, be sure to go to a tea house and be sure to buy some beautiful matcha green tea powder for the road. The packets make great gifts and can be used to make this warm matcha latte or an iced matcha latte, matcha tiramisu or even matcha cheesecake!

Ingredients for a Matcha Latte

sifting matcha tea leaves
  1. Matcha – I like using ceremonial matcha for my lattes. It’s higher quality which yields a better taste.
  2. Warm milk – I love using low-fat dairy for my matcha lattes. It gives a nice mouth feel. You can use coconut milk, almond or oat milk.
  3. Honey or sugar – I personally like the flavor of honey. However you can use regular sugar, maple syrup or agave.
hot water going into mug with matcha

Ceremonial vs. Conventional matcha

There are two types of matcha: conventional and ceremonial. Convential is definitely cheaper and is best used in baked goods for things like matcha cheesecake, matcha s’mores or triple layer chocolate matcha cake.

Ceremonial matcha is better for cups of warm matcha lattes or iced matcha lattes. The best matcha comes from Kyoto, Japan.

hand with whisk

How to Make a Matcha Latte

  1. Sift the matcha. Measure out one teaspoon of matcha powder Add it to a sifter and push it through. This makes for a silky smooth mug of matcha tea.
  2. Pour in 1 tablespoon of hot water – This creates a big of a slurry. Pour a tablespoon of hot water into the bottom of the mug.
  3. Mix it up! You’re going to grab your matcha whisk and whisk it up vigorously. This part is very important; you want to make sure all and any bits of matcha have dissolved.
  4. Pour in 1/4 cup of hot water – Whisk again.
  5. Warm 1/2 cup of your milk of choice – On the stove, I like to warm 1/2 cup of almond milk, light coconut milk or cow’s milk with about 2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup.
  6. Pour milk and whisk again – Whisk up the entire drink again; the milk with forth up a bit. Fun tip: I like to whisk the milk vigorously with the matcha whisk as to froth the milk a bit. Delicious cup of warm matcha.
overhead of cup of matcha

Tips and tricks

  • Use a milk frother – If you have a milk frother attached to an at-home espresso machine, you can use that too!
  • Use ceremonial matcha – If your budget allows it, choose the higher quality type of matcha for a better cup of matcha latte.
milk being poured into a cup of matcha

Recipe FAQs

Is matcha and coffee related?

No. Matcha is made from green tea leaves that have been ground up. Coffee is made from coffee beans that have been picked, dried and roasted.

How much caffeine is in a cup of matcha?

A mug of matcha has about 70 milograms of caffeine. In comparison, your average cup of coffee has 100 milograms to 140 milograms. Research has stated that the caffeine from matcha releases slower in your body vs. a cup of coffee.

Are matcha lattes healthy?

Matcha is high in antioxidents and polyphenols. Both have proven to help cell turnover and protect you from free radicals.

overhead shot of matcha in a cup

What to Serve with a Matcha Latte

If you tried this Matcha Latte recipe or any other recipe on my website, please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how it went in the 📝 comments below. Thanks for visiting!

5 from 7 votes

Matcha Latte

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Total: 8 minutes
Servings: 1
This Matcha Latte Recipe is a step-by-step recipe for how to make this Japanese favorite. Tea houses in Kyoto have been serving matcha (green tea) for hundreds of years. This version is mixed with your milk of choice.


  • 1 teaspoon pure matcha green tea powder, (I prefer ceremonial)
  • 1 tablespoon hot water, (just under boiling)
  • 1/4 cup hot water, (just under boiling)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk, almond milk, oat milk or cow's milk


  • Sift the matcha powder into the bottom of a wide mug.
  • Pour in the 1 tablespoon of hot water. Using your chasen, whisk vigorously until all of the matcha powder has dissolved.
  • Next, pour in the remaining 1/4 cup of hot water and whisk again until dissolved.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, set over medium-low heat, combine the honey and milk. Heat until very warm. Whisk vigorously to create a bit of froth at the top. Pour the warmed milk into the mug and whisk one last more.


Tips and Tricks: 
  • Use a milk frother – If you have a milk frother attached to an at-home espresso machine, you can use that too!
  • Use ceremonial matcha – If your budget allows it, choose the higher quality type of matcha for a better cup of matcha latte.
Matcha Tea Options: 
Ceremonial Matcha Tea Option #1 | Ceremonial Matcha Tea Option #2
Chasen (bamboo whisk) | Chashaku (matcha measurer)| Tea Kettle 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Like this Recipe? Please Rate & comment below!

Cozy Latin-Inspired Comfort Food Recipes

Hi! I'm Adrianna and this is my cozy space on the internet that is super-charged by butter, flour and copious amounts of pasta. Stay awhile, will you!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Leave a rating!


  1. Hello, can you please recommend a quality Macha to try with your posted recipe. I’ve tried with what I had on hand and would more like to try with a quality ceremonial macha. Thank you so much for your time.