This year, we’re predicting foodie health kicks, fresh organic foods, and nutrient-rich ingredients. These options are perfect for keeping our mind and body healthy while we’re stuck in lockdown. With this in mind, we wanted to start the year as we mean to go on, by featuring one of our favourite healthy drinks recipes - the iconic matcha latte.
Matcha is widely renowned as a brilliant ingredient for health conscious foodies. This vibrant green powder is brimming with natural nutrients, making it a fantastic addition to your coffee. Beyond its health properties, matcha is renowned for its unique, earthy flavour. This iconic grass-like taste is the perfect partner to milk and coffee.
This year, we’re determined not to abandon our New Year’s resolutions. One of the goals at the very top of our list is to improve our daily routine by eating more healthily. We thought that the addition of matcha powder to our coffee is the perfect way to start the year.
So, before we get going with the recipe, let’s start with a bit more information about this intriguing ingredient. What actually is matcha?
Matcha is a fine powder, which is made by grounding down green tea leaves. It is a traditional ingredient in East Asia, which has been incorporated in drinks for centuries. It often features as a key ingredient in Japanese tea ceremonies.
In recent years, the popularity of this powder has skyrocketed. So much so, that it is an ingredient which can be found on drinks and dessert menus across Europe and America, as well as Asia.
The health properties that matcha can boast of includes:
- Helping drinkers feel energised
- Providing the body with a detox
- Helping to relax the drinker
- High levels of natural antioxidants
- Helping to improve the functions of the brain
- Boosting cardiovascular health
- Possibly helping to prevent the occurence of cancer
- Possibly helping to improve heart health
- Possibly helping to prevent liver damage
These are just a sample of the many, many benefits that can be gained from regularly consuming matcha. It’s a fascinating ingredient, with a rich history and a huge number of health boosting properties.
But this ingredient will be an unusual one amongst many homes. So, how can you incorporate this into your diet, and consume matcha on a regular basis? One of the easiest ways that you can improve your routine is by introducing matcha powder to your homemade lattes.
A matcha latte is not only a decadent, delicious drink, but it also provides drinkers with a wonderful array of health benefits.
To help you improve your routine into the new year, we’ve provided you with an easy recipe for a delicious matcha latte, which you can make at home with ease.
Homemade matcha latteIngredients
- Matcha powder, ½ a teaspoon
- Milk, 200 ml (you could also use any alternative non-dairy milk for this recipe)
- Maple syrup, 2 teaspoons
- Strong coffee, 45 ml
- Use your Smarter Coffee machine to brew a strong cup of coffee.
- Boil the milk. You can either do this by placing a saucepan on a low heat, or by carefully heating the milk in a jug in a microwave.
- Add a splash of boiling water to the matcha powder and give it a good stir, so that the powder dissolves.
- Add the matcha to a mug, then pour in the coffee. Stir in the syrup, followed by the milk.
- Give the drink a good stir, and then serve.
The addition of maple syrup to this recipe is optional (it depends on how sweet you like your lattes!).
If you like, you could also upgrade your homemade matcha latte by frothing up the milk, before you add it to the coffee. You can do this by using a simple milk frothing tool, which is inexpensive and easy to buy online.
This recipe is designed to be simple to follow and recreate at home. The intention behind this recipe is to make incorporating matcha into your home-brewing easier. Then, by exploring this ingredient and trying it out at home, you will be able to bring your family together and try using it more often in your family’s bakes and brews.
Whatever you fancy on a winter evening, the Smart Coffee machine is certain to provide you with the perfect brew to use in your pick of these coffee recipes.
Smarter’s device is a bean-to-cup machine which provides coffee lovers with the ability to create their own personalised coffee every time. Through the Smarter app, you can tweak your coffee strength, volume and temperature so that it produces a cup that is exactly to your liking. This feature is perfect when you are following recipes like these.
With the Smarter Coffee, you can pick your preferred coffee beans (we recommend dark roasted beans with fruity tasting notes for these cocktails) to use in your home brewing - the choice is yours.
So what are you waiting for? The Smarter Coffee is available to buy online through the Smarter online shop. Have a browse through our product range to find out more about how Smarter can transform your kitchen this winter.
Written by Josephine Walbank