With this super easy Starbucks Hot Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe, you can enjoy the smooth and delicious drink at home, in minutes, for a fraction of the price.
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I can’t get enough of that earthy, unique flavor.
A matcha latte is the BEST pick-me-up at any time of the day. It’s rejuvenating, yet calming. And it has lots of health benefits.
I usually prefer to make an iced matcha latte, but I wanted to share how to make a HOT matcha green tea latte too.
It’s incredibly easy-to-make with only four simple ingredients.
And it only requires one more step than an iced version.
Homemade Matcha Latte Recipe
The main ingredient in this homemade version of the Starbucks matcha latte is matcha powder.
Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder that is made by grinding whole green tea leaves into a fine powder.
For a delicious drink, it's important to use a high-quality matcha powder.
It should have a beautiful, vibrant green color.
For best results, use a ceremonial grade matcha powder or a premium culinary grade matcha.
Ceremonial grade matcha can be expensive though.
I prefer to use premium matcha that I can get at a grocery store or on Amazon for under $10.
One of the benefits of a homemade matcha latte is that it’s cheaper than buying one in a coffee shop. Using a premium matcha instead of a ceremonial one ensures that.
Healthy Matcha Latte
Matcha is considered a superfood. It’s packed with antioxidants. It has SO many health benefits that already make a matcha latte healthier than a regular latte.
To read more about the health benefits of matcha, check out Healthline’s “7 Proven Ways Matcha Tea Improves Your Health".
Since this is a copycat recipe, we can make this green tea matcha latte healthier than the Starbucks version by using less sugar or replacing sugar with a natural sweetener, like maple syrup or honey.
Starbucks uses an already sweetened matcha powder. It’s definitely one of my guilty pleasures, but I know I shouldn’t have so much sugar… especially in one drink.
A grande Starbucks hot matcha green tea latte contains 32 grams of sugar. Yikes.
This copycat Starbucks recipe does include sugar because I wanted it to taste as close to the original as possible.
BUT, feel free to adjust the amount and kind of sweetener to your preferences and lifestyle.
Most days, I don’t add any sugar to my matcha latte. Other days, I had a little sugar for a mild sweetness.
This recipe also calls for you to use your choice of milk. It works with regular milk, oat milk, unsweetened almond milk, or soy milk.
A delicious way to enjoy this latte is with a creamy milk, like oat milk or 2% milk (the default milk for Starbucks drinks).
How to Make a Hot Matcha Latte
It only takes a few simple steps to enjoy a hot matcha latte at home.
First, combine the matcha powder and your sweetener of choice in a small bowl or the mug you will be using to enjoy your matcha latte.
I use this handheld, battery-operated milk frother/matcha whisk. It has made preparing matcha SO much easier. I no longer have to worry about any clumps or fight them for a smooth latte.
Another option is to add the matcha, sweetener, and water to a mason jar or cocktail shaker. Put on the airtight lid and shake vigorously until combined.
Next, heat your milk of choice in a saucepan on the stove (stirring frequently), in a mug in the microwave, or with a steam wand to your desired temperature. Do not boil the milk. This can make the matcha taste bitter.
Remove from heat. If you have a milk frother, you can froth the warm milk.
Finally, add the matcha mixture to your mug (if it’s not already there) then pour the warm, frothed milk on top.
That’s it! Super easy.
Matcha Latte Recipe - Starbucks Copycat
- 1 1/2 tsp Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 1-2 tsp Sugar or sweetener of choice
- 2 Tbsp Water warm
- 1 cup Milk of choice
- Combine matcha and sugar in a small bowl or mug.
- Add water and mix until smooth. The best way to do this is with a handheld milk frother/matcha whisk or traditional matcha bamboo whisk. Set aside.
- Heat milk in a saucepan on the stove (stirring frequently), in a microwave-safe mug in the microwave, or with a steam wand.
- Remove from heat. If you have a frother, froth the warm milk.
- If the matcha mixture is not already in your drinking mug, add it now.
- Pour the warm milk on top.
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