Dirty Matcha Latte is rich and creamy, with robust flavors of coffee and calming notes of matcha green tea. A harmonious fusion of two beloved beverages, creating a unique and energizing latte experience.
The Blend of Coffee and Matcha
Dirty Matcha Latte also known simply as Dirty Matcha, represents the exciting combination of coffee, milk, and tradition of matcha tea. This contemporary drink has gained a devoted following for its captivating blend of caffeine and the soothing qualities of matcha.
It caters to those who crave both the kick of coffee and the grounding effect of green tea. The drink in itself is smooth and creamy, with a nice not of green tea in it. You can serve it cold or hot, depending on your preferences
Apart from being tasty and delicious, dirty matcha has plenty of health benefits. This drink will appeal to both coffee and tea enthusiasts, offering a harmonious blend of flavors and a dose of energy.
For the Matcha Base:
- 1 teaspoon of high-quality matcha powder
- 2 ounces of hot water (about 175°F or 80°C)
- 1 teaspoon of honey or sweetener (optional – adjust to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract (optional)
For the Coffee Element:
- 4 ounces of freshly brewed coffee (espresso or strong coffee)
For the Creamy Finish:
- 6 ounces of frothed milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- A pinch of ground cinnamon or cocoa powder for garnish (optional)
How to make Dirty Match Latte?
- Prepare the Matcha Base: In a small bowl, sift the matcha powder to remove any clumps. Then, add hot water (approximately 175°F or 80°C) to the matcha powder. Ensure that the water is hot but not boiling.
- Whisk and sweeten: Next, whisk vigorously using a bamboo matcha whisk (chasen) or a small whisk until the matcha is fully dissolved and a frothy layer forms on top. Sweeten the matcha with honey or your preferred sweetener, adjusting the amount to your desired level of sweetness. For added depth of flavor, you can also include a dash of vanilla extract.
- Brew the Coffee: Prepare a fresh cup of coffee, either as a shot of espresso or a strong brewed coffee. The coffee should be hot and aromatic, ready to blend with the matcha.
- Froth the Milk: Next, Froth your choice of milk, whether it’s dairy or non-dairy, until it reaches a creamy consistency with a microfoam texture. This frothed milk will provide a luxurious finish to your Dirty Matcha Latte.
- Combine the Elements: In a large cup or glass, gently pour the matcha base, followed by the hot coffee. Stir the two together gently to achieve a balanced blend. Carefully pour the frothed milk over the matcha-coffee mixture, allowing it to create a visually appealing layered effect.
- Garnish (Optional): If desired, sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon or cocoa powder on top of your Dirty Matcha Latte. This not only adds a touch of flavor but also enhances the presentation.
- Iced Dirty Matcha Latte: To enjoy a refreshing version, follow the same steps but allow the matcha and coffee elements to cool. Combine with ice cubes and top with cold frothed milk for a delicious iced Dirty Matcha Latte.
- Chai Matcha Latte: Elevate your Dirty Matcha Latte by adding a pinch of chai spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger to the matcha base for a spiced twist on this classic.
- Coconut infused: For a creamy and tropical flavor profile, replace regular milk with coconut milk to create a luscious, coconut-infused Dirty Matcha Latte.
- Add maple: Experiment with sweeteners by using pure maple syrup for a natural, nuanced sweetness that complements both coffee and matcha.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Dirty Matcha Latte?
This is a beverage that combines two popular drinks: coffee and matcha. It typically consists of a matcha base (matcha powder, hot water, and sweetener) blended with freshly brewed coffee, all topped with frothed milk.
Where did the Dirty Matcha Latte originate?
The exact origin of it is not well-documented, but it likely emerged from the desire to combine the flavors and caffeine content of coffee with the health benefits and earthy taste of matcha.
What type of coffee should I use?
You can use either espresso or strong brewed coffee for a Dirty Matcha Latte. The choice depends on your personal taste and the equipment you have available.
Also, if you prefer to reduce caffeine intake, you can use decaffeinated coffee to make it.
What types of milk can I use for frothing?
You can use various types of milk, including dairy (such as whole, skim, or lactose-free) or non-dairy alternatives like almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or oat milk.
Should I serve it hot or cold?
A Dirty Matcha Latte is typically served hot, as it combines hot coffee and frothed milk. However, you can make an iced version.
More easy beverages to try:
- To avoid clumps in your matcha base, sift the matcha powder through a fine-mesh sieve before mixing it with hot water.
- Also, I highly recommend using a bamboo matcha whisk (chasen) or a small whisk to thoroughly whisk the matcha and hot water. Whisk vigorously until the matcha is fully dissolved and a frothy layer forms on top.
- Adjust the sweetness of your Dirty Matcha Latte to your liking. Add honey, sugar, or your preferred sweetener gradually and taste as you go until it reaches your desired level of sweetness.
- To achieve the visually appealing layered effect in your matcha latte, pour the matcha base and coffee gently, allowing them to combine slightly. Then, pour the frothed milk slowly and delicately on top to create the layers.
Dirty Matcha Latte is rich and creamy, with robust flavors of coffee and calming notes of matcha green tea.
- 1 teaspoon high-quality matcha powder
- 2 ounces of hot water about 175°F or 80°C
- 1 teaspoon of honey or sweetener optional
- 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract optional
- 4 ounces of freshly brewed coffee
- 6 ounces of frothed milk dairy or non-dairy
- A pinch of ground cinnamon or cocoa powder for garnish optional
First, prepare the Matcha Base by sifting the matcha powder into a small bowl, to remove any clumps.
Then, add hot water and whisk vigorously using a bamboo matcha whisk or a small whisk until the matcha is fully dissolved and a frothy layer forms on top.
Now, if you want to use any sweetener or vanilla extract, stir it into the matcha mixture.
After that, prepare a fresh cup of coffee, either as a shot of espresso or a strong brewed coffee. Use it hot, for a hot matcha latter, and cooled for an iced matcha latter. Set it aside.
Next, froth the milk until it reaches a creamy consistency.
In a large cup or glass, add a few ice cubes (if making iced latte), followed by the coffee and gently pour the matcha. Stir the two together.
Carefully pour the frothed milk over the matcha-coffee mixture. Garnish with a bit of whipped cream if you want, and sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon, cocoa powder, or matcha powder.