My matcha craze is in full swing. Not only have I made my matcha whoopie pie, I’ve got the matcha rice krispies and matcha ice cream, the ugly (and I need to change the recipe and re-bake) matcha cupcakes and even the matcha butter cookies which died a horrible death and turned into lemon cupcakes instead.

And now, we add a beverage to our repertoire ~ the matcha latte.

Really, it’s like a warm matcha milkshake.

Just wait til summer, I’ma go nuts with the blender.

The idea to make a matcha latte had always been simmering in the back of my mind. In Australia (because sometimes ok we are the ass end of the world but occasionally, there is a glimpse of the brilliance which lays behind) Starbucks serves a green tea frappuccino.

Oh yes, you heard right. A green tea frickin’ frappe.

Seeing as we are in the midst of The Great Freeze here in London, a frappe might just have to wait, but who said I couldn’t make the warm equivalent? Well, no one. So I did.

A couple of people had suggested I use condensed milk in this recipe, but having recently fallen in love with Green & Black’s white chocolate with Madagascan vanilla, I decided to use that instead, chopped up and melted. I think it worked wonders.

As for the matcha? Hit up your local Asian grocery store or buy it online at

And coming up in my matcha calendar? The re-doing of the matcha cupcakes, matcha soufflรฉ and the show down. Me and the matcha butter cookies. Don’t mess with me.

matcha latte
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup white chocolate, grated or finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon matcha powder
optional 1/4 cup espresso (I didn’t use this)
For the froth:
1 cup whole milk
  1. Put the matcha powder in one pot, set aside.
  2. In another pot, heat the heavy cream and milk, bring to boil, then turn off the heat.
  3. Immediately add the white chocolate and stir until melted. Add the vanilla extract, keep stirring.
  4. If including espresso, add now and mix well.
  5. Slowly pour a small amount of the milk mixture into the matcha powder pot. With a small amount of milk, stir until the matcha powder is dissolved. Add the rest of the milk and stir.
  6. For the froth, heat 1 cup of whole milk all the while whisking over the heat. Do not let the milk boil or burn. As the milk becomes hot, turn off the heat and continue whisking (I used a little hand held battery operated whisk). You should get a decent amount of solid foam from this. Also, whole milk will yield more foam as the more fat content the milk has, the foamier it will be.
  7. Pour two glasses of matcha latte and top with froth.
Makes 2-3 servings

18 Thoughts on “matcha & white chocolate latte: my matcha craze in full swing

  1. there’s one at EAT done with vanilla syrup when ur on the go love.

  2. gourmet fred on March 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm said:

    that looks too good. i’ve been drinking matcha just with water for a while now, not it’s health benefits but what you got there actually looks like it tates pretty good.

  3. Ooh, they have the matcha lattes here in the states too and they’re really good. I like matcha in almost any form though. Can’t wait to read about the matcha souffle!

  4. Very nice matcha latte. Have you tried making matcha biscotti? I am thinking that latte needs a dunking biscuit. I’ve tried the matcha lattes at EAT as well, a bit synthetic tasting for me, I think its the vanilla syrup that puts me off.

  5. gourmet fred: Yes I would have to say a matcha latte with white chocolate probably tastes a lot better than matcha with water ๐Ÿ˜€

    anna: me too, I’m in love with matcha. And yes, will have to get around to making the souffles at some point!

    Matcha Chocolat: Oh really? Dang it, I’ve got it in my head now I might just have to try one anyway so I know how bad it is for myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Wow nice, Catty! Great timing too, for St Patrick’s day!
    And I always thought green tea ice cream tasted like pandan leaf, is that true? Or did I not eat the real green tea ice cream?

    • I didn’t even think of St Pat’s day! I would drink this over a Guinness any day haha… as for green tea ice cream and pandan um honey, TOTALLY DIFFERENT! Pandan has it’s own flavour, which to me is frangrant and almost a little roast-coconutty (but that’s just to me)… green tea has a more bitter taste to it!

  7. I love this..great color and sounds so tasty!!

  8. Your matcha obsession is something we ought to all encourage as we reap the benefits from it by getting these recipes! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. sweetlife: I swear, anything made with matcha powder is this radioactive green colour, I love it! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Lorraine: LOL, well thank you for nurturing my slightly OCD behaviour – I will keep the recipes coming! x

  10. OK! Right this moment I’m sitting here with an EAT matcha latte in my hot little hands. I have to say they aren’t as bad as I expected, but also no where near rich enough to be good.

  11. Do you think the EAT matcha latte depends on the barrister? The one I had was good, and definitely thick enough.

    Surprisingly, matcha latte is available in many Starbucks across the world, except london. We were quite surprised starbucks here didn’t have it when we first arrived. Glad that we found it after reading your post.

    Anyway, have you tried the matcha chocolate dessert in Roka?

  12. Hey Catty – been enjoying your matcha posts! We do a pretty great matcha latte at Bou Tea – if you are ever in the area, come by & we’ll show you how we prepare ours. You can have one on the house!

  13. jiaseemee: Well it may depend on the barrista and how much matcha they add maybe? Although I am a matcha fiend and love it strong, maybe I should ask for it strong next time. I’d go back again tho ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gemma: damn, I was just in Covent Garden today! Would love to come by for a matcha latte one day ~ and haven’t been to Bou Tea before! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. WOW, that looks gooooooooooood!! Thanks! (but I guess you youldn’t recommand it in a diet, right?)

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