Actress Nia Peeples and Calli O’Brien make a yummy Matcha Latte.
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“A gal has to have her ‘go to’ items. These are often things we travel with. For me, one of the most valuable is matcha tea. Why? Because it gives me a gentle, steady energy boost, clears my head and helps me focus. And it’s loaded with antioxidants: 17 times that of wild blueberries and 60 times more than spinach! In the morning I make a hot matcha latte with almond milk, a touch of maple syrup or stevia, and a dash of cinnamon. It’s absolutely brilliant. I love love love matcha tea, and you will too!” says Nia.
Many of us are either coffee or tea lovers. Some enjoy a standard vanilla latte, while others prefer a matcha tea latte. However, we’re here to share with you the many benefits of matcha tea, how to make the perfect matcha latte, and some of the advantages of matcha versus coffee. You may end up deciding to switch your daily cup of joe for a cup of matcha tea! Keep reading to learn more.
The Benefits Of Matcha Tea
There are several health benefits to drinking matcha tea:
- Filled with antioxidants. When you drink matcha tea, you’re consuming an entire tea leaf in powder form. The whole leaf is packed with antioxidants and is especially rich in catechins. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a prominent catechin found in matcha tea leaves, has been found to promote cell repair and fight inflammation.
- Improves concentration & focus. Matcha tea is also packed with the amino acid L-theanine, which is known to promote alertness. In some studies, matcha tea has also been linked to improved memory and attention.
- Boosts immune system. The EGCG in matcha tea also serves as an immune system booster. It assists in the absorption of zinc, which helps T-cells (immune cells) fight viral infections.
- Provides a feeling of calm. The small amount of caffeine in matcha tea works alongside L-theanine to produce a non-jittery sense of calm.
- Promotes weight loss. Studies have shown that matcha tea may help increase metabolism and burn fat when paired with changes in diet and exercise.
Ingredients and Directions
Take the following steps to make the perfect matcha latte:
Gather Your Ingredients
These are the ingredients you’ll need to create a delicious matcha latte:
- High-quality matcha powder. We offer many different matcha tea powders at My Matcha Life®, including our Barista’s Premium Matcha Tea. This option, in particular, is 100% Japanese matcha tea powder and is best for matcha lattes and matcha smoothies.
- Water. A small amount of water is needed to create a matcha paste. More on that, below.
- Milk. You can use different kinds of milk such as whole milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or even soy milk if you have allergies or dietary restrictions.
- Maple syrup. You can also use other natural sweeteners, such as coconut sugar or honey.
- Cinnamon. This spice adds a nice fall-like flavor!
Gather Your Utensils
There are also several utensils you’ll need to make a matcha tea latte:
- A bamboo whisk
- A whisk holder
- A matcha bowl or wide-bottomed mug
- A teaspoon
Combine Your Ingredients
Here’s how to combine your ingredients to make a matcha latte:
- Add ½ teaspoon of matcha tea powder to your matcha bowl.
- Add ½oz of hot water to the bowl.
- Use your bamboo whisk to create a thin paste, breaking up any clumps in the powder.
- Add approximately 2oz warm milk to your mixture.
- Add a teaspoon of maple syrup.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon.
- Continuing whisking in a zig zag motion, such as in an M or W. Whisk until you reach your desired level of froth.
- Pour the matcha tea into your favorite mug or mason jar (if you’re having it iced) and enjoy!
Why Choose Matcha Tea Instead of Coffee?
There are so many advantages to drinking matcha tea vs coffee:
- Coffee provides a jittery, short-lived energy boost, while matcha tea offers sustained energy that doesn’t lead to a crash.
- The energy rush from coffee can create feelings of stress. Matcha, however, has a calming effect due to the work of L-theanine.
- Caffeine in coffee may leech calcium from the bones, whereas the high antioxidant content in matcha tea promotes bone density.
- Coffee is highly acidic, which can cause the erosion of tooth enamel. Matcha, on the other hand, promotes dental health and oral hygiene.
- Coffee can cause withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and more. There are no withdrawal symptoms associated with matcha tea.
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We hope you enjoyed learning how to make the perfect matcha latte! If you’re ready to make an excellent cup of matcha tea at home, order from My Matcha Life® today! We offer a wide variety of premium matcha teas that are of the highest quality. Also be sure to browse our available selection of matcha tea accessories. We want to ensure you have all the supplies you need to make an amazing cup of matcha. We look forward to serving you!