Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Matcha Green Tea Latte Like Starbucks



I frequently go to Starbucks, not for coffee, but for their tea lattes. After much searching and testing, I have found an excellent clone that is super easy to make at home.

First, you need Matcha. This is green tea powder that looks a lot like vibrant green cocoa powder. I have trouble finding this at local stores, so I ordered some off the internet. Second, you need milk or a milk-substitute. Third, and this is the trick to duplicate a Starbucks latte, is vanilla syrup. It's pretty easy to find this nowadays on the coffee aisle. I like Da Vinci syrups.

Easy, huh?

I like to add a little extra sugar to mine, usually a teaspoon of turbinado sugar is enough.

Try it!

Ingredients
2 teaspoons Matcha powder (you can halve this if you like it milder)
4 cups milk or milk-substitute
4 Tablespoons Vanilla Syrup
sugar, to taste

Method
1. I have a very interesting machine called a Cocoa-Latte Hot-Drink Maker. I put everything in it and turn it on.



When it turns off, I dispense and consume the drink.

2. If you have an espresso machine, steam the milk. Using a small wire whisk, blend the hot milk, matcha, and vanilla syrup. Steam again if the froth subsides.

3. If you have neither of the first two contraptions, find a way to heat your milk. Stove top. Microwave. Camp fire. Super powers. Add the matcha and syrup. Mix with a wire whisk or use a Mexican molinillo to blend.

4. This makes 32 ounces of latte. That is roughly two Grande drinks from Starbucks and it won't cost you $5 apiece.

If you like this, you might also like these recipes.
Thai Iced Tea
Applesauce Ginger Cake
Lemon Pound Cake  
Pumpkin Bread (like Starbucks)