This warm Dirty Matcha Latte is the perfect morning pick-me-up for coffee and matcha lovers. It’s essentially a matcha latte, made “dirty” with a shot of espresso. It’s ready in under 10 minutes, so you can skip the long lines and make your own café-style drink right at home. Plus, it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and vegan.
If you loved my Almond Milk Latte, you’re in for a treat with this Dirty Matcha Latte recipe. It’s my new go-to drink, inspired by a recent trip to Scotland, where we stumbled upon a charming café in need of something warm and energizing.
It’s a reminder that sometimes, the most delicious discoveries happen when you try something new.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
I can’t wait for you to try this recipe. It’s:
- Ready in minutes.
- Loaded with antioxidants.
- Delicious, enjoyed warm or served over ice.
A matcha espresso latte has three main components: matcha powder, milk, and espresso. The rest are optional.
- Matcha Powder: A fine powder packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Look for high-quality matcha for the best flavor and benefits. I use 100% Organic Premium Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea.
- Espresso: A shot of espresso adds that all-important coffee flavor.
- Coconut Milk: Dairy-free coconut milk provides a creamy, rich flavor that complements the taste of the matcha and espresso perfectly. Use the unsweetened milk in a carton for drinking, not the tins.
- Maple Syrup: Mellows the bitter and earthy flavors without adding excessive refined sugars.
- Hot Water: Hot, but not boiling water, helps dissolve the matcha powder without scalding it. Essential for achieving a smooth matcha paste.
- Sea Salt Flakes (optional): Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! A pinch of salt makes all the flavors shine! Omit if you are steering clear of salt in your diet.
These visual step-by-step instructions provide a quick overview of the recipe. You can find the recipe card with the full list of ingredients and detailed instructions at the end of this post. ⇩
This delicious, hot beverage is so easy to make at home. Here’s how to make it in nine simple steps.
STEP 1: Brew a shot of espresso using your preferred method, and then set aside.
STEP 2: Heat the coconut milk in a small pan until it’s hot but not boiling.
STEP 3: Add a teaspoon of matcha powder and two tablespoons of hot water to a small bowl.
Equipment tip: If you don’t have a bamboo matcha whisk, you can use a fork, a small regular whisk, or an electric milk frother.
STEP 5: Add a teaspoon of maple syrup to the matcha paste and whisk again to combine.
STEP 6: If you have one, use an electric milk frother to froth the heated milk until it’s creamy with a nice layer of foam.
STEP 7: To assemble, pour the matcha into the base of a tall glass (heat-proof) or coffee mug.
STEP 8: Pour the warm milk into the cup, holding back the foam with a spoon. Then, scoop the foam on top. As the milk is warm, it will immediately combine with the matcha. But the foam will sit on top, creating two distinct layers.
STEP 9: Next, add the espresso. If the coffee is colder than the milk, it will settle on top of the milk, under the foam, for that beautiful layered effect. Add a sprinkle of salt and stir to combine. Enjoy!
Use high-quality matcha powder: The quality of your matcha powder will significantly impact the flavor of your dirty matcha latte. Opt for ceremonial-grade matcha, which is finely ground and has a vibrant green color. This is my current fave: 100% Organic Premium Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea.
Brew a strong espresso: Espresso is the backbone of the dirty matcha latte, so make sure it’s strong and flavorful. Use a brewing method that produces a rich, concentrated shot. I’m using a Moka pot, but you can use an AeroPress, a French Press, or a manual or electric espresso machine based on what you have at home.
Experiment with different ratios: The ideal proportion of matcha powder, espresso, and milk can vary depending on your taste, so we’ll start with a 1:2:1 ratio. You can adjust as needed.
- Espresso Substitutions: You can substitute strong brewed coffee if you don’t have espresso.
- Milk Substitutions: Feel free to use any plant-based milk of your choice. Almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, hemp milk, or even whole milk are excellent options.
- Sweetener Substitutions: Any natural sweetener of choice will work here. Just a little bit of honey, agave nectar, or coconut sugar will balance the flavors. Simply adjust the amount of sugar to suit your needs.
- Dirty Iced Matcha Latte: You can use the ingredients in this recipe to make a refreshing iced version with a cool layering effect. Firstly, prepare an espresso shot and the matcha shot with maple syrup and chill both separately. Then, fill a glass with ice cubes and pour in the chilled espresso–this is your bottom layer. Next, slowly add chilled milk and allow it to settle. And finally, slowly pour the chilled matcha mixture over a spoon to maintain those distinct, beautiful layers. If you’d like, add a pinch of salt to taste (optional). Admire, and enjoy!
Garnish your perfect drink with a dusting of matcha powder or a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra flavor and, well, prettiness. Pair it with a delicious and nutritious breakfast or a wholesome snack for a balanced morning boost.
Matcha is a superfood that gets tons of attention for its amazing health benefits. This hype is mostly due to its high antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory properties. Here are just some of the benefits, according to the National Library of Medicine.
Enhanced Mental Well-being: Matcha’s unique combination of caffeine and L-theanine, an amino acid, may promote a state of calm alertness, reducing stress.
Sharper Focus and Memory: Matcha contains nutrients like theanine that may boost cognitive function and improve concentration.
Improved Heart Health: Matcha is loaded with antioxidants called catechins that may help strengthen blood vessels and keep your heart healthy.
Anti-Diabetic Properties: Matcha may help manage blood sugar levels by making the body more sensitive to insulin and slowing down how quickly carbohydrates get absorbed.
In the coffee and tea world, “dirty” refers to adding espresso or coffee to another beverage, creating a fusion of flavors.
Absolutely! Feel free to use your favorite milk. Almond, soy, or cow’s milk are all fantastic.
A dirty matcha latte combines matcha’s earthy, vegetal notes with rich, roasted espresso coffee. The overall flavor is slightly sweet and subtly bitter, with a hint of umami.
The caffeine content of a dirty matcha latte can vary depending on the amount of matcha and espresso used. A typical dirty matcha latte contains around 100-150 mg of caffeine.
For the best flavor, use high-quality ceremonial-grade matcha powder. I like 100% Organic Premium Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea.
It’s important to use your favorite espresso for a dirty matcha latte. Freshly brewed espresso made from high-quality espresso beans will provide the best flavor.
The appearance of layers in your matcha latte depends on whether you’re making it warm or iced! When you make an iced matcha latte, you’ll add the heavier matcha paste to the bottom of the glass, and the lighter cold milk will settle on top. Now, if you prefer a warm matcha latte, the heat from the milk causes the matcha and milk to combine, and you won’t see that distinct layering. However, check out my recipe to see how I achieve layering in my warm matcha lattes by adding milk foam and warm espresso!
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Warm Dirty Matcha Latte (Matcha Espresso Fusion)
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- 1 ounce (28 milliliters) shot espresso
- 1 cup (235 milliliters) drinking coconut milk, (from a carton, not a can), or preferred milk
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder, high-quality
- 2 tablespoons hot water, not boiling!
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 pinch sea salt flakes, optional
- Prepare: Gather and prep your ingredients.
- Espresso: Brew a shot of espresso using your preferred method. Set aside.
- Milk: In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk until it’s warm but not boiling.
- Matcha: Meanwhile, in a small bowl, add the matcha powder and two tablespoons of hot water. Make sure it's not boiling, or it will destroy the flavor and the nutrients. Use a matcha whisk (or fork) to vigorously whisk the matcha until it’s smooth and free of lumps.
- Sweetener: Add the maple syrup to the matcha paste and whisk again to combine.
- Froth: If you have one, use an electric milk frother to froth the heated milk until it’s creamy with a nice layer of foam.
- Assemble: First, pour the sweetened matcha paste into the bottom of a tall, heat-proof glass or coffee mug. Now pour in the warm coconut milk, holding back the foam with a spoon. Then, scoop the foam on top. As the milk is warm, it will immediately combine with the matcha. But the foam will sit on top of the milk, creating two distinct layers. Next, slowly pour the espresso into the glass/mug. By now, the espresso should have cooled just enough to settle on the milk and under the foam, giving you a 3-layered effect. Add a sprinkle of salt and stir to combine.
- Serve immediately, and enjoy your delicious drink! And energy boost!
Nutrition Information (Per Serving)
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