Want to make your own Matcha Espresso Fusion at home?
This popular Starbucks drink has captured the hearts of coffee and matcha lovers alike, and for good reason. The combined flavors of espresso, milk, and matcha deliver a uniquely refreshing drink 🙂 What I don’t like though is how it burns a hole in my pocket.
Well, no more. Today, I’m going to show you how you can make your own matcha espresso latte, hot, or cold.
What is a Matcha Espresso Latte?
A matcha espresso latte is a mixture of matcha powder, milk, and espresso. What I find interesting about this drink is that it’s one of those contemporary fusions between Western and Eastern flavors that really work.
While the Cafe Latte comes from Italy, the matcha originates from China and was traditionally consumed in Japan before it gained global acclaim.
Matcha was coined by combining the words “matsu” meaning “to rub” and “cha” meaning tea. It’s a high-grade green tea that has the most caffeine compared to other teas out there. So matcha and cafe latte is a match with a lotta caffeine, there’s no doubt about that.
Equipment and Ingredients to Make Matcha Espresso Latte
Here are the things you need to make your Matcha Espresso Latte at home:
- Espresso machine: Used to pull your espresso shot.
- Small jar: A bottle or jar with a lid where you can mix the matcha and water.
- Tall glass for the iced version, or a mug for the hot version: A glass with about 12 oz capacity for serving the final drink.
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder: A key ingredient that will give ths drink the distinct flavor of matcha.
- 2 oz water: Used for dissolving the matcha powder.
- 8 oz whole milk: Gives the matcha espresso latte its creaminess.
- 1 espresso shot: Serves as the coffee base for the drink.
- Ice cubes (optional): Makes the match espresso latte cold and refreshing.
Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Matcha Espresso Latte
Making a matcha espresso latte is not that complicated, especially if you already know how to pull a good shot of espresso. Here are the steps in making your matcha espresso latte:
1. Combine the matcha powder and water in a jar and shake until frothy.
- In a jar, pour the matcha powder and water together.
- Close the lid tightly and shake until frothy. Set this mixture aside.
2. Pull an espresso shot and transfer to your glass or mug.
- Using your espresso machine, pull a single shot of espresso. Here’s my detailed guide on how to make a perfect espresso in case you need it.
- Pour the shot into your mug.
3.a. Iced Matcha: Add the milk and ice (optional).
- You can then drop the ice cubes in the tall glass if you are making the chilled Matcha Latte.
- Add the milk next. Remember to do this right away so the ice cubes will not be melted by the hot espresso.
4.a. Iced Matcha: Pour the matcha on top.
- Take your matcha mixture and pour it on top to finish off the drink.
- Serve and enjoy your matcha espresso latte!
Now if you are making the hot version of the Matcha Latte, things get different from the 3rd step.
3.b. Hot Matcha: Combine the Matcha and espresso
- Pour your coffee and prepared matcha into a mug, and stir them together
4.b. Hot Matcha: Steam milk and pour
- Steam milk or an alternative milk
- Pour it onto the coffee-matcha mix
- Try to pour latte art
What kind of cup should you serve a matcha espresso latte in?
A tall glass works and looks best for this drink if you are making the iced version. You can see how the ingredients beautifully blend together with this glass.
Barista Tips for Making a Matcha Espresso Latte
Here are some extra tips to make the perfect matcha espresso latte that suits your taste:
- Try plant-based milk: Instead of dairy milk, you can also use plant-based milk such as oat, almond, coconut, and soy milk for this recipe. I find that the nutty flavor of these alternatives complements the taste of the matcha pretty well.
- Craft espresso with your AeroPress or Moka pot: Espresso machines can be pricey. Don’t fret though, because you can use your trusty AeroPress or Moka pot instead to make espresso-like coffee.
- Lay low on caffeine with decaf coffee: Matcha also has a high caffeine content so expect that extra kick in your matcha espresso latte. If you’re wary about caffeine, you can opt for decaf espresso beans. Decaf matcha is a trickier find because decaffeination impacts the matcha’s taste and nutritional content.
Now you know how to whip up a delicious matcha espresso latte. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can also try other methods to make one at home. No matter whether you try the iced version on a summer day, or the warm one when it’s chilly outside, you will love this recipe.
What do you think about this coffee and tea fusion? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.