With calming matcha and chai spice, this Matcha Chai Latte is my favorite way to start the day! It boosts energy and focus without the jitteriness that often comes with coffee.
A Chai Matcha Latte seems like a fancy beverage you only get at a coffee shop, but you can make your own at home in under 5 minutes! Plus, you can control how much sweetener you add and ensure that you are using the highest quality ingredients. This is especially important for the matcha — you want to make sure you are using a ceremonial grade matcha powder sourced from Japan.
If you are not a fan of matcha but want its many benefits (like all that L-theanine!), a chai matcha latte may be the solution! Matcha has a subtle grassy flavor that many people don’t like, so adding the robust flavor of chai tea can somewhat mask the grassy flavor of matcha. If you really want to mask the flavor of this green tea, double the amount of chai in the recipe.
If you enjoy plain matcha but just want to give your morning latte a twist, this matcha green tea latte with chai balances the flavors of both. To switch things up from time to time, you can also try to switch up the plant milk you use. I love using soy milk in this recipe, but you can also use coconut milk (from a carton, not a can), almond milk, or oat milk!
How to Make a Matcha Chai Latte
Step 1: Place 1/3 cup of hot water into a large mug. Steep 1 chai tea bag (or the equivalent of loose leaf tea — about 1 tsp) for about 3 minutes. Remove the bag and discard.
Step 2: Sift 1/2 tsp matcha powder directly into the mug. Blend the matcha powder into the chai with a milk frother. Both of these (especially sifting) will help the matcha to dissolve completely so that no matcha chunks remain. No matter how powerful my milk frother, I always ended up with small matcha bits, so sifting is a must!
Step 3: Add in your sweetener of choice. I like using 1 tsp of maple syrup for a hint of sweetness, but feel free to adjust this amount to your taste or use a different sweetener altogether. Then add in 6oz (about 3/4cup) of hot plant milk of choice. My favorite is soy milk, but many people enjoy this with almond or coconut milk.
Step 4: Mix everything together and froth the milk using a high-quality milk frother. This is the milk frother I use, and it is very good and affordable! I also love that it comes with a stand. Feel free to garnish your latte with cinnamon or matcha powder.
Matcha Chai Latte
- 1 milk frother
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 chai tea bag or the equivalent of loose leaf tea
- 1/2 tsp matcha powder
- 3/4 cup soy milk or plant milk of choice
- 1 tsp maple syrup or to taste
- Pour hot water into a large mug. Steep 1 chai tea bag (or the equivalent of loose leaf tea) for about 3 minutes. Remove the bag and discard.
- Sift matcha powder directly into the mug. Blend the matcha powder into the chai with a milk frother.
- Add maple syrup and *hot* soy milk to the mug.
- Mix everything together and froth the milk using a high-quality milk frother.