It’s an easy question to answer. Yes you can use a milk frother with matcha tea and it definitely adds an extra dimension to the drink. It’s not often we talk about tea on this website but matcha is often considered ‘coffee like’ and matcha tea is one of those very ‘on-trend’ drinks which has become very popular in recent years. We’ll see how to use your milk frother for matcha tea shortly.
In a world where the focus on our health is more prominent than ever, it isn’t surprising that so many super foods and drinks have made their way into the spotlight. Matcha is one of these drinks and as well as being (apparently) healthy and good for you, it’s also super easy to make with a milk frother.
How to make matcha tea with a milk frother
The matcha latte is an incredibly popular drink that can be very easily made using a milk frother. You will need some matcha powder, sweetener (this is usually sugar but you can use a substitute), a milk frother and of course, some milk.
It’s important to keep in mind that while whole cow’s milk does froth better, there are a lot of dairy free options like oat or coconut milk that froth very well.
Begin by adding your chosen milk (250ml) to a milk frothing jug or glass measuring jug and add one teaspoon of matcha powder. Pour in one or two teaspoons of sugar or sweetener depending on taste.
Put the jug into the microwave (make sure the glass jug is heat resistant) or warm the mixture on the hob. When the mixture is hot insert your handheld milk frother and mix for 30 seconds or so.
Once thoroughly mixed with a foamy texture pour the matcha mixture into a glass using a spoon to hold back the froth. Once the glass is full spoon a little of the foam to top up your matcha tea, sit back, relax, and enjoy.
What is matcha tea?
Matcha is a type of green tea, and it comes from the same plant as regular green tea. This drink has its roots in Japan.
The main difference from normal green tea is the way that matcha is grown.
Towards the end of the growing period, tea farmers cover the plant for as many as 30 days to boost the production of chlorophyll.
The result is a much darker coloured tea that can be used to make lattes, shots and much more.
Matcha tea vs coffee
There is a key similarity between matcha tea and coffee in that both drinks have a bitter taste. Although matcha tends to be grassier than coffee.
Another reason that these two drinks are often compared is that both will give you an energy boost but matcha does this with a chemical known as L-theanine which is an amino acid whereas coffee relies on fast-released energy from caffeine.
That said there is caffeine in matcha but less than in coffee or regular tea but more than in other green teas.
Benefits of matcha tea
We have already mentioned that matcha tea is well-loved thanks to its health benefits but what exactly can you expect to achieve from drinking it?
- Reduced fatigue and improved alertness.
- Matcha is high in antioxidants.
- Being a type of green tea, matcha is believed to promote good liver health.
- There has been positive research to show that matcha may reduce the presence of cancerous cells.
- Some studies have shown an improvement in brain function including aspects such as memory and attention.
- Drinking matcha is believed to help a healthy heart.
Standard disclaimer here. Nothing in this article should be construed as medical advice and any possible health benefits are exactly that. Possible. We’re coffee / hot chocolate / tea drinkers not medical professionals or scientists.
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