Enjoy a matcha coffee at home with this quick, easy matcha coffee recipe. It's a delicious boost that's ready in 5 minutes, cheaper than a coffee shop, and has all the health benefits of matcha AND coffee.
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Matcha and Coffee… it’s a match made in caffeinated heaven.
When combined, we get all the health benefits of matcha tea and that familiar awakening boost of a cup of coffee.
To read more about the benefits of matcha, check out Healthline’s “7 Proven Ways Matcha Tea Improves Your Health”.
You can also read some of the shared benefits of matcha and coffee in Healthline’s “How Do Matcha and Coffee Compare?”
I’ve been making LOTS of matcha drinks and this one may be my new favorite.
Is matcha in coffee good?
I thought the taste would be bitter. Or the strong flavor of coffee would overpower the subtle, earthiness of matcha.
But, it didn’t.
I found the right balance of green tea goodness and traditional morning brew.
This matcha coffee recipe has amazing flavor, is ready in minutes, and provides sustained energy.
When I was first thinking about matcha coffee and wondering if it was any good, I looked for recipes online.
I noticed that shots of espresso were the popular choice for coffee in most of the recipes.
But, I didn’t want to make a matcha espresso fusion. I wanted something more simple.
Something that was faster to make.
So, this easy recipe is made with instant coffee.
Which means there’s no need for an espresso machine or any other fancy equipment.
Homemade Matcha Latte Recipe
Matcha is made by grinding whole green tea leaves into a fine powder.
As matcha enthusiasts know, it’s important to use a good quality matcha powder for a delicious matcha latte.
This is true for all matcha beverages, including matcha coffee.
For best results, use a ceremonial grade matcha powder or a premium culinary grade matcha.
The green tea powder should be a vibrant green color. The greener it is, the more it’s associated with a smooth, pleasant taste and overall better quality.
I personally cannot afford to use ceremonial grade matcha in a green tea latte right now.
I’m extremely happy with both of them. Each one makes a delicious iced latte or hot matcha latte.
In a way, this matcha coffee recipe is like a classic matcha latte.
It includes more milk than a normal cup of coffee. Well, depending on your personal preference. I tend to add a lot of milk to my regular coffees. 😂
Anyway, this matcha coffee at home is made with five simple ingredients - matcha powder, sweetener of choice, water, milk of choice, and brewed coffee.
The bottom matcha layer is a combination of matcha powder, warm water, and a sweetener.
The recipe card below lists sugar as the sweetener, but you can use a natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey instead of granulated sugar or brown sugar.
If you have simple syrup, you can use that.
You can also use as much sweetener as you like. So feel free to adjust that part of the recipe.
The best way to combine this matcha mixture is to use a milk frother.
I recently bought this battery-operated milk frother / matcha whisk and I’m absolutely obsessed with it.
It makes the mixing process SO much easier.
If you don’t have one, that’s okay. You can enjoy the workout of a vigorous whisk with a small whisk, like this bamboo one made for matcha, or of the fun mason jar shake.
If using a mason jar, add the ingredients for the matcha mixture to the jar, secure the lid, then vigorously shake it until combined and frothy.
Use your milk of choice - regular milk or non dairy milk.
Like I mentioned in How to Make Strawberry Matcha Latte, whole milk creates a creamier texture. Which makes the matcha coffee feel more like a matcha coffee latte.
The best plant-based milk for a creamy latte is oat milk.
Pure almond milk makes a matcha coffee with the least amount of calories, but it has a watery, thin texture.
I haven’t tried this homemade matcha coffee recipe with coconut milk or soy milk. If you do, I’d love to hear how it came out.
Brewed Instant Coffee
It’s usually made by mixing 1 teaspoon of instant coffee with 6 ounces of hot water.
I like to make it with 1 teaspoon of instant coffee and 8 ounces of water. Then, I use half of that brewed coffee to make a matcha coffee and put the rest in an airtight container in the fridge for the next morning or a same day pick-me-up later.
Hot or Iced?
You can easily make a hot matcha coffee or an iced matcha coffee at home with this recipe.
For an iced version, add ice cubes.
I LOVE an easy iced matcha latte and prefer iced coffee, so this is how I usually drink my matcha coffee.
I recommend adding the ice after the matcha mixture. This helps to create a swirl of matcha and milk. It also leads to a more ombre effect at the end.
For a hot matcha coffee drink, you can drink it immediately after adding HOT brewed coffee.
If that’s not hot enough for you, you can heat the drink in the microwave, on the stove, or with a milk steamer.
How much caffeine is in matcha coffee?
This matcha coffee recipe has 1 1/2 teaspoons of matcha powder.
If you would like less matcha or less caffeine, you can easily reduce the recipe to 1 teaspoon of matcha powder.
According to “Matcha vs. Coffee: Which Is Healthier?” on usnews.com, “A 1/2 teaspoon of powdered matcha has about 20 to 39 milligrams of caffeine.”
So, this recipe as written includes 60 to 117 milligrams of caffeine from the matcha green tea powder.
According to the same article mentioned above, “an 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee has around 95 milligrams” of caffeine.
So, this recipe as written includes around 47.5 milligrams of caffeine from the coffee.
In total, there is about 108 milligrams to 165 milligrams of caffeine in this matcha coffee recipe.
If you make this matcha coffee and love it, don’t forget to rate this recipe and/or comment below.
Easy Matcha Coffee Recipe
- 1 1/2 tsp Matcha Powder
- 1/2 tsp Sugar or sweetener of choice
- 1/4 cup Water warm
- 1/2 cup Milk of choice
- 1/2 cup Brewed Coffee
- 1/2 cup Ice Cubes optional
- Add matcha powder, sugar, and water to a tall glass (16oz).
- Use a frother, whisk, or mason jar (with lid) to completely combine the three ingredients. For more details on how to do this, see the “Matcha Tea” section above.
- If making an iced version, add ice cubes now.
- Pour milk over the matcha mixture and/or ice.
- Add coffee on top.
- Stir, if desired. Enjoy!