Can you believe that we technically haven't shared a coffee beverage since we shared this almond mocha roca back in 2015? That is, if you don't count this chocolate protein shake, which does contain instant coffee, that we shared a couple of months ago. Since this is a breakfast blog, it's high time we changed that! This beauty we are sharing today is an iced matcha coffee, which is essentially a matcha espresso fusion made famous by Starbuck's. I have heard it said that it was created for the Asian market, and is only available on their secret menu in the U.S. (source) It certainly is a beaut, and it's super easy to make at home!
🌟 Why This Recipe Works
- It's healthy. Not only is it gluten-free and keto friendly, but it contains matcha powder, which is a powerful anti-oxidant, and boasts many other health benefits. (source). It's also extremely low in calories, unlike what you would get at Starbuck's. 😉
- It's quick and easy. If you can brew a cup of coffee or tea, you can make this matcha coffee drink in minutes.
- It's simple. This recipe uses just a few simple ingredients.
- It tastes delicious. If you love coffee and green tea, you will love this fusion drink that combines the best of both!
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder. We used Ujido ceremonial grade matcha powder. Ceremonial grade is the highest grade matcha powder. It's made to be mixed with water and consumed as a tea. This is what we use and keep on hand, but it is the most expensive. You can go with the more affordable culinary grade matcha for this recipe. The Minimalist Baker has a best matcha review that is worth a read if you are trying to decide which powder to buy. One more note about matcha, it does contain caffeine, but not as much as the espresso.
- ½ teaspoon granulated sugar. You can also substitute a sweetener like Swerve.
- Hot water. You only need enough to dissolve the matcha powder and sweetener.
- 2 tablespoons milk. We used 2% milk. You can use whole milk for a richer coffee drink. You can also substitute a dairy-free milk like almond, walnut, or soy.
- 1 shot espresso. You can brew your favorite. Personally, I enjoy a light roast, but my husband loves a dark roast. You can decide which coffee you like best. 🙂
- Ice cubes. You can used cubed or crushed.
These step-by-step photo instructions are for the iced version. To retain the beautiful ombre look, be sure to follow the instructions in this order, and do not stir!
Instructions for the hot version and latte or cappuccino versions follow.
Step 1. Brew one cup of coffee.
Step 2. Stir in matcha powder and sweetener until dissolved.
Step 3. Stir in milk or cream.
Matcha Coffee Latte or Cappuccino
Step 2. Add matcha powder and sugar or sweetener to a large mug.
Step 3. Brew 2 shots of espresso into the mug. Stir to dissolve the matcha and sugar.
Step 4. Pour the frothed milk into the mug and spoon the milk foam over the top.
This is the equipment you will need to make this recipe.
- Espresso or coffee maker. The coffee maker we linked here has a milk frother built in. It's the one we use and recommend.
- If making a cappuccino or latte and your coffee maker doesn't have a built-in frother, you will also need a small metal carafe and a milk frother.
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
Yes absolutely. We do that right here in this recipe! They are delicious together.
Yes it does, but not as much as coffee or black tea.
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- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- ½ teaspoon granulated sugar Or sweetener like Swerve.
- hot water
- 2 tablespoons milk We used 2% milk. You can use whole milk for a richer coffee. You can also substitute a dairy-free milk like almond, walnut, or soy.
- 1 shot espresso
- ice cubes
For iced version
- Add matcha powder and sugar or sweetener to a tall glass.
- Pour in 2-3 tablespoons of hot water.Stir until matcha and sugar are dissolved.
- Add ½ cup of crushed or cubed ice.
- Add milk.
- Add espresso. To retain the beautiful ombre effect, do not stir.
For hot version
- Brew one cup of coffee.
- Stir in matcha powder and sweetener until dissolved.
- Stir in milk or cream.
Matcha Coffee Latte or Cappuccino
- Add matcha powder and sugar or sweetener to a large mug.
- Brew 2 shots of espresso into the mug. Stir to dissolve the matcha and sugar.
- Pour the frothed milk into the mug and spoon the milk foam over the top.