Coffee Talk: Matcha Lattes
From Instagram and Snapchat to Pinterest and Facebook, it seems like aesthetically pleasing pics of matcha lattes have absolutely invaded our social media feeds. If you haven’t tried this delicious drink yet (or simply don’t know what it is), you’ve come to the right place! In this blog, the Purecane™ team breaks down exactly what’s in a matcha latte and how to recreate your fave recipe (*ahem* sugar-free recipe) at home with Purecane™ all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener!
So...what exactly is a matcha latte, and how do you make it?
According to Zion Market Research, the global matcha market will be valued at US $4.83 billion by the year 2024...so safe to say this coffee trend isn’t going anywhere for awhile! Put simply, matcha lattes consist of matcha powder, water, and milk. Matcha is a type of green tea made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder (hello perfect St. Patty’s Day drink!). First, a few spoonfuls of matcha are blended with water to form a paste. Then, steamed milk is added (just like a normal latte). If the matcha powder happens to be unsweetened, baristas will often sweeten with honey or syrup. However, we recommend skipping those and sweetening with Purecane™ Individual Packets or Canister, a zero-calorie sugar substitute, perfect for those looking to reduce their sugar intake or follow a specific diet!
What are the health benefits of drinking matcha lattes?
Since matcha lattes are made from tea rather than coffee, those lil ground up leaves pack a powerful punch! Matcha boosts your memory and concentration, promotes calmness, and contains lots of antioxidants while also detoxifying your body naturally. The best part? You can customize it with your favorite flavors! Take it to the next level with spices like nutmeg, ground ginger, cloves, cardamom, or cinnamon. If you’re trying to cut down on dairy, use almond, oat, or a plant-based milk instead. Plus, adding a sprinkle of Purecane sweetener in instead of sugar-based sweeteners won’t affect the taste at all! Your matcha latte will taste just as sweet as using honey or maple syrup, just without all the added nonsense (or calories).
Okay, can I make this at home?
YES! Below is a delicious matcha latte recipe from our Purecane™ recipe pages. Simply substitute your sugar with Purecane™ and you’ll be the trendiest person on your block!
1-1 1/2 teaspoons matcha powder
1 tablespoon hot water
2 Purecane™ Packets (or to taste!)
1 cup hot milk of your choice
Sift the matcha powder into a cup. Add the water and stir until there are no more lumps; add the Purecane™ sweetener, milk, and voilà! A perfect (and super easy) matcha latte!