Today I will provide brief instructions on a Basic Matcha Latté that I enjoy quite a bit. I will include information based on my specific recipe and preferences. You may find your tastes will require minor adjustments to the recipe but this should get you started.
What You Will Need :
2 teaspoons Ceremonial Grade Matcha
Note: The better the matcha the better the flavor. However, in most cases you do not need a high grade Matcha to make a delicious Matcha Latté. Of course, this is based my opinion.
Enough just under boiling water to create a Matcha paste
1/2 cup hot 2% Milk
1/4 cup hot Half & Half
Whipped Cream (Optional)
Bowl for mixing & drinking your Matcha Latté
1 cup Microwavable Cup
Add 2 teaspoons Matcha powder into your bowl
Slowly add a small amount of the water to Matcha, whisking the Matcha until you have a semi-thick paste.
In a separate microwavable cup add 1/2 cup 2% Milk & 1/4 cup Half & Half and heat for about 1 minute and 20 seconds. Remove just prior to boil. Times may vary based on microwave. You can also heat the ingredients on the stove.
Slowly combine the milk mixture into the bowl with the Matcha using the whisk. Once all of the ingredients have been combined you can add sweetener if desired. Whisk until well combined and frothy. If desired add whipped cream as a final step.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Please give me feedback if you decide to try this recipe.
Thank you & Enjoy!
Recently, I was asked about my cold brewing technique by Andrea, a wonderful tea friend of mine. So at her request, I decided to share my process. Keep in mind there was a lot of trial and error and this method I have fine tuned works perfect for me but may not work for you. However, I am certain with some tweaking you can achieve success that is sure to appeal to your palette perfectly. Here goes…
1. 14oz Quilted Ball Canning Jar
2. Ice Mountain Spring Water (Room Temperature or Cold)
3. Loose Tea
1. I am confident any 14oz container that can be sealed will do. I have only been making small batches and soon will be working on perfecting larger batches. As of now, it has been my personal experience that perfecting larger quantities is a bit more challenging. Until I can manage a consistent level of success I will only be focusing on 14oz quantities.
2. Purified Water should be acceptable.
3. Loose Tea – Your choice. Take a chance, make something you wouldn’t normally try cold and be amazed with your results. I should point out that I have only attempted this loose tea and not bagged.
Let me discuss with you loose leaf tea measurements and steep times I have determined work best for me. I hope they work well for you as well.
Black Tea/Flavored Black Tea – 3 level teaspoons to 14oz spring or purified water.
Steep Time: 18hrs-21hrs.
Notes: Strain and enjoy or save for later. Black tea is a little more forgiving with measurement of loose leaf and steep time but I wouldn’t go to far above or below the measurements provided.
2 teaspoons to 14oz spring or purified water.
Steep Time: 9hrs-12hrs.
Notes: Some oolongs can hold up to another steep. However, times will vary and will be something you will need to experiment with. Try to keep too the parameters provided and adjust accordingly after it has first been prepared and tested using this method.
Green Tea/Flavored Green Tea:
2 to 2 1/2 level teaspoons to 14oz spring or purified water. Steep Time: 6hrs-9hrs.
Notes: Green tea is not as forgiving. Try not to go to far beyond parameters put forth.
White Tea/Flavored White Tea:
2 1/2 to 3 teaspoons based on personal preference.
Steep Time: 6hrs-9hrs with 14oz of purified or spring water.
Notes: I suggest trying this along the way. The flavor does tend to change a great deal between the 6 to 9 hour mark. You may find a time in-between works best for you.
3 teaspoons – Sometimes less can work especially for herbal blends.
Steep Time: 18hrs-21hrs
Notes: I have leaned towards the longer steep time for both Rooibos and Honeybush varieties. However, I lean towards the shorter times for herbals blends. Just try it and decide what works for you.
In the future I will update my finding as I am still working on my technique. However, I feel confident your results will be favorable based on the information I have provided here. I have tested and tried many teas and have received consistent results.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I hope you enjoy this cold brewing journey as much as I have and continue to do so. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Thank you and Enjoy!
As so many of you already know I am have been cold brewing a lot of my teas lately and it isn’t just because it is hot around here but in fact there is another core reason I have yet to share. It seems I have a problem… I am addicted to Adagio’s Green Anteadote RTD bottles. I have been for years and the reason is primarily for the convenience plus no sugar. I don’t like sugar in my tea or milk for that matter. The only exception is chai as it is only properly made if with milk and sugar in my opinion plus that is how I was brought up. So about this addiction that I am finally admitting to is something I am trying to either kick or curb. My reason is mostly expense among other things not worth mentioning, As many others other I am trying to manage my budget and trying to limit things that are maybe considered nonessential. I have been wanting to do this for years and now is when I have finally been able to make some headway. I have made so many new cold brewed concoctions of culinary delight that I am now completely out of Anteadote and relying on just my bottled brews. So far so good but the temptation of placing an order is still there. The ease of reaching into the fridge for an easy fix is still in me. I hope I can get past this soon I will be saving my wallet and my myself from unnecessary desires. Maybe in the future, once I finally kick this habit I can be in a place where my cold brew teas and Anteadote bottled teas can live in together and share the same space in the refrigerator without favoritism. Until then I will be sharing my review of teas I have been brewing so you too can join me on my adventure to quit. Most of what I am experimenting will also be made available on www.iHeartTeas.com to purchase if you care to try your hand cold brewing as well.
My reviews will be posted here on Tea Trade and Steepster. I have another blog on Tea Trade dedicated to tea reviews called Rachel’s Tea Cupboard – Tea Reviews where you will be able to follow my journey. I need your support and thank you in advance.