HOW TO BREW MATCHA & HOUJICHA

New to brewing matcha or houjicha? Worry not! Our easy-to-follow guide below will show you how to make that perfect cup of matcha latte or matcha tea in no time.

How to Brew Matcha Latte | St Matcha
 

HOW TO BREW MATCHA & HOUJICHA LATTE

Earthy, creamy and seriously addictive, matcha latte is the perfect way to enjoy our culinary grade WAKANA MatchaAKARI Organic Matcha, RYO Organic Matcha and HAYATE Organic Matcha. For a toastier alternative, you can also try houjicha (roasted green tea) latte. Both matcha latte and houjicha latte are simple to make and are perfect brewed with soy milk and a bit of sweetener. Follow the steps below to make these delicious latte drinks!

1. MAKE A PASTE

You will need:

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Round bottom cup or matcha bowl

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1 tsp matcha powder

(2g)

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Matcha whisk

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2 tsp water (10ml)

STEP 1: Scoop 1 teaspoon (2g) of matcha/houjicha powder into a cup or matcha bowl (chawan). If using chashaku bamboo matcha scoop, use 2 scoops (1 scoop = 1g).

STEP 2: Add 4-5 teaspoons of hot water. Using a matcha whisk*, whip the mixture into a paste by rapidly whisking against the sides of the cup/bowl. Keep whisking until most of the clumps disappear (it should take about a minute of whisking). This is important as matcha and houjicha powder are very fine and will form clumps when mixed with water. If clumps remain, it will make the matcha/houjicha latte taste bitter. (*Important: remember to soak the whisk in warm water for 2-3 minutes before using).

 

TIPS: You can also sieve the matcha/houjicha into the cup to reduce the clumping.

2. ADD SWEETENER
(OPTIONAL)

You will need:

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1-2 tsp sweetener

STEP 3 (OPTIONAL but RECOMMENDED): add your preferred sweetener (1-1½ teaspoons) to the paste mixture and whisk to combine well. This step is optional although we think a little bit of sweetness pairs really well with the earthy, slightly bitter flavour of matcha and houjicha. We recommend mild tasting sweeteners such as brown sugar, coconut syrup or agave syrup.

3. ADD HEATED MILK

You will need:

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4/5 cup (200ml) heated milk

STEP 4: Heat 4/5 cup (200ml) of milk in a small pot or using a milk frother. We recommend soy milk due to its mild flavour and just the right creaminess. Add the heated milk to the matcha/houjicha paste and whisk again to mix well. Enjoy!

TIPIf using a milk frother, once the frothing is complete, wait for a minute or so for the foam to reduce to prevent excessive froth in the latte.

How to Brew Matcha Tea | St Matcha
 

HOW TO BREW MATCHA TEA

Our YUTAKA Organic Matcha is perfect for brewing as matcha tea - in particular usucha or "thin" tea. This flavourful tea is another perfect way to enjoy our premium organic matcha powder. Follow the steps below to make a delicious usucha tea.

1. MAKE A PASTE

You will need:

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Matcha bowl (chawan)

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1 tsp matcha powder

(2g)

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Matcha whisk

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2 tsp water (10ml)

STEP 1: Scoop 1 teaspoon (2g) of matcha powder into a cup or matcha bowl (chawan). If using chashaku bamboo matcha scoop, use 2 scoops (1 scoop = 1g).

STEP 2: Add 2 teaspoons of room temperature water. Using matcha whisk, whip the mixture into a paste by rapidly whisking against the sides of the cup/bowl. Keep whisking until most of the clumps disappear (it should take a bout a minute of whisking). This is important as matcha is a very fine powder and will form clumps when mixed with water. If clumps remain, it will make the matcha tea taste bitter.

 

TIPS: You can also sieve the matcha into the cup to reduce the clumping.

3. ADD HOT WATER

You will need:

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1/3 cup (90ml) hot water (80C)

STEP 3: Boil water and let it cool to 80°C (about 15 minutes)

Add 1/3 cup (90ml) of the water to the matcha paste. Using matcha whisk, stir the tea in rapid zigzag motion until a layer of foam appears and enjoy.

TIPIf you find it difficult to create the foam with matcha whisk, you can use a handheld milk frother instead.