On my Instagram yesterday I posted a video of me making my morning matcha and got lots of questions about how I make it and what I use – so here is a full rundown of my soul-fueling matcha – enjoy!
Matcha is a Japanese green tea made from the full leaf, so its jam packed with antioxidants & beneficial compounds like L-theanine, an amino acid that alters caffeine.
You’ll often see or hear of ceremonial grade versus culinary, and you’ll experience the difference. Ceremonial is what’s traditionally used to drink in tea ceremonies (the finer of the two), while culinary is used more commonly for cooking.
Why I prefer it over coffee:
Because of the l-theanine, the caffeine is more of a slow release rather than the spike & crash that coffee gives us, so it prolongs attention and focus. Also the rich polyphenols (what makes it green) feel like they literally enhance my cell function- maybe it’s a mental placebo, but I just feel better drinking something green than black (on a regular basis that is).
What’s it taste like?
It can taste “earthy” like grass so if they’re not used to it I’d definitely add sweetener.
My favorite brands
I’ve tried SO many brands from culinary cheaper ones to higher end ceremonial, across Amazon, Whole Foods, local tea & health stores, and even CVS. These are all found on Amazon:
- Ippodo tea (current favorite)
- Encha ceremonial (also current favorite)
- Jade leaf matcha
- Matcha Bar (most affordable for quality)
- Matcha organics
- Navitas (most affordable, not the best quality as it’s culinary grade, but you can find it in CVS)
Best Matcha Lattes in RI
worth noting, right?
How to Make: Matcha Latte
This is how I make it at home, and will even ask my barista to make it this way if I’m being more conscious of the amount of milk I’m consuming (because be careful! many of the barista blends used to make lattes contain added sugars, gums, and preservatives). Use ceremonial grade if you can for the best taste & experience
- 1 tsp matcha
- 2/3 boiled water
- 1/3 nut/oat milk (Elmhurst & Malk are my faves, they’re the cleanest)
- 1/2 – 1 scoop of vanilla collagen (Thrive Market or Primal Kitchen)
- optional: honey, maple syrup, stevia
Combine the above into your favorite mug. Stir with a stirrer/spoon, and then FROTH – this is key! 🗝 it blends it all, thickens the consistency & froths the milk. I use this frother
Note – you can use the culinary grade to add into smoothies and soups, or even make matcha muffins and pancakes. So versatile