Another day, another latte made in my kitchen. Today's choice? Matcha made with Jade Leaf's Organic Matcha and almond milk.
So, what's the scoop on matcha? Why is it so good for you?
The word "matcha" actually means powdered tea. Matcha powder is literally tea leaves that have been ground up into powdered form. This way, you get the potency and flavor in the powder that would normally be discarded once you're finished steeping your tea.
Matcha is a great source of antioxidants and boosts your metabolism. It contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, but the tea gives more of a focused "alert" effect rather than a caffeine buzz. I really enjoyed this as I didn't feel jittery but still felt awake and energized.
How did I make the latte?
I used one heaping teaspoon of matcha, about 8 ounces of almond milk and a touch of honey to make this recipe. I started by warming the almond milk on the stove. Once it started to simmer, I whisked in the matcha powder and honey. I then frothed the mixture with my handheld milk frother before pouring into a mug.
And there you have it! A homemade matcha latte. I loved how creamy this was and the hint of sweetness it had. It wasn't overpowering and was great for a chilly day. As described above, I also enjoyed the caffeine content and found that it was a nice change from a regular cup of coffee.
Have you tried making a matcha latte at home? What did you think?