How to Make a Matcha Latte

Breakfast, Drinks

There is nothing difficult about this. Not even a little bit.

But for some reason I’ve always been hesitant about preparing matcha at home because I was afraid I would do it incorrectly. Green tea in Japan is serious business and there absolutely is a right way and a wrong way.

To make sure I was doing it right, I tried to go to a class but then I missed it because I didn’t have my life together so I did the next best thing: I watched LOTS of YouTube videos on the subject and I feel like now I can properly talk about making a cup of warm matcha.

Let’s start with what matcha is. With most teas, you simply steep the leaves in hot water, but with matcha you actually are consuming the leaves. Matcha powder is greeen tea leaves ground up very finely so they dissolve into the water.

To start, I like to sift about 1 teaspoon of matcha powder to ensure that all of the lil’ bits of matcha are broken up.

Make a Matcha Latte

I then pour about a tablespoon of hot water into the bottom of the mug.

Make a Matcha Latte

I then whisk away until a loose paste forms. This part is very important because you want to make sure any bits of matcha have dissolved.

Make a Matcha Latte

Make a Matcha Latte

Next, I pour in about 1/4 cup of water. And whisk again.

Make a Matcha Latte

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.

Fun tip: I like to whisk the milk vigorously with the matcha whisk so it’s a bit frothy. And then I pour it in.

That’s it! So simple and delicious. It’s my favorite 3pm pick-me-up. This and a piece of dark chocolate are like a heavenly combination.

Make a Matcha Latte

Matcha ranges in price from like $12 to very very expensive. The introductory matcha is usually called conventional which is really good for baking with and the more fancy stuff is usually called ceremonial. Buy what you can afford!

Make a Matcha Latte

How to Make a Matcha Latte

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Serving Size: 1 cup of matcha
Calories: 340kcal


  • 1 teaspoon pure matcha green tea powder
  • 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 or cow's milk


  • Sift the matcha powder into the bottom of a wide mug.
  • Pour in the 1 tablespoon of hot water. 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.

Link to matcha whisk
And a bunch of options for matcha

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  • Reply Tori December 2, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Haha! Yeah, youtube videos are a food bloggers friend at moments like that. This latte sounds really good and your pics are as lovely as always!

  • Reply DessertForTwo December 2, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I’m obsessed. I don’t have a matcha whisk, so I use a baby whisk (luckily, I have lots of mini bakeware laying around, hah!), and whisk it super vigorously. It’s my morning workout πŸ˜‰

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme December 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Haha. I actually have a baby whisk too and surprisingly use it!

  • Reply Lindsey December 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

    oh my gosh, me and my husband have been on a matcha latte kick, but we couldn’t seem to get all the powder to dissolve and would have bits of matcha floating to the surface! we watched about a dozen videos but never came across the part where you have to form a paste! but now that you mention it, it makes TOTAL sense! thanks for this tip, lady! xo

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme December 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Ahh yes, the paste is the trick because once you add the second bit of water it dissolves very quickly! Glad I could be of help (a little!) πŸ™‚

  • Reply Heather December 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    This looks amazing!

  • Reply Jessica December 2, 2015 at 10:19 am

    This looks delicious, but more importantly…where did you get that cute little saucepan?!

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High December 2, 2015 at 10:33 am

    dude. matcha lattes are one of my favorite drinks. have you been to chalait in nyc??? it’s to die for.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme December 2, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Noooo but I just looked up photos of chalait and it looks sooo good!

  • Reply Lin December 2, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I have been getting my matcha tea from a health food store and they are closing. Now I know how to prepare my own!!

  • Reply Kari December 2, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I definitely need one of those whisks. I makes such a difference!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Did you make the white mug in these photos?! Apologies – I’m a bit obsessed with your pottery making at the moment! Also, I’ve been obsessed with those glass milk carton pitchers for so long.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme December 2, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      I did not. I purchased it at Anthropolgie like a year ago or so. I am not on that level! Haha.

  • Reply Sam @ SugarSpun December 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve been intimidated by matcha, to be honest, but it’s everywhere now! I think you’ve inspired me to give it a try. Gorgeous photos!

  • Reply Holley December 2, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    yasssss, i always see my #1 internet crush Hannah Bronfman drinking matcha lattes but i have been too lazy to figure out how to make them….. till now πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ly December 2, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Where do you get the matcha powder?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme December 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      I buy mine at Whole Foods but at the very end of the post, under the recipe, is a link for matcha powders you can buy. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Drumles Den Haag December 3, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Interesting! Never had a matcha latte before. It doesn’t look real tasty, but it must be healthy for you πŸ˜‰ Maybe I’ll try some day…!

  • Reply Maikki | Maikin mokomin December 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I love that small white pot with wooden handle! Where have you got it? πŸ™‚

  • Reply Raychel December 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I made this today, just now! It’s so good!

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  • Reply Kristin November 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Love this – thanks for doing the research for us! Beautiful pics, makes the latte look delicious, can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Sarah March 22, 2017 at 10:59 am

    This looks delicious! I love the little pot you used for milk. I saw that you linked to it. Is it the butter warmer or saucepan? Thanks!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme March 22, 2017 at 11:01 am

      It’s a teeny tiny saucepan; it’s technically a butter warmer. I love it and use it surprisingly A LOT!

      • Reply Sarah March 22, 2017 at 11:03 am

        Thank you!!

  • Reply Amanda June 25, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Great recipe! Found that the color varies depending on what matcha powder you use. Tried this with Tenzo Tea’s matcha a few times and it gets really bright green sometimes! Great for photos

  • Reply lilly jones December 19, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    soooo tasty!

  • Reply Nicole May 24, 2019 at 8:19 am

    I followed your instructions and it came out perfectly!! My daughter said it tasted like our favorite coffee shop’s version, but better. Cheers!!

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