Dirty Matcha Latte Recipe

By Stuart Smith | Last Updated May 11, 2020


Preparation Time & Servings

Requires simple ingredients.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)

*Nutrition information should be considered an estimate.

TOOLS NEEDED: Espresso machine, milk frother or a whisk and a glass.

Matcha tea is another tea lover’s favorite. Traditionally made in Japan, matcha is made from specially grown green tea leaves that are very finely ground into a powder and mixed with water to create a delicious earthy-tasting beverage.

Matcha is high in antioxidants, which give this drink some added health benefits. Similar to the Dirty Chai Latte, the dirty matcha latte is simply a matcha latte combined with a shot of espresso.

Once again, it adds a little extra caffeine to your normal coffee routine due to the caffeine content in the green tea. If you are looking to switch up your mundane morning coffee routine, give this drink a try!



  • 2 ounces espresso
  • 8 ounces milk
  • 1 teaspoon premium unsweetened matcha powder
  • Sugar, to taste (optional)


  • Pour the espresso into a mug
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, matcha, and sugar (if using). Heat the mixture for about 5 minutes until it is hot but not boiling, stirring continuously
  • Using a milk frother, froth the milk until you don’t see any bubbles and you have a thick froth, 20 to 30 seconds. Swirl the glass and lightly tap it on the counter repeatedly to pop the larger bubbles. Repeat this step as needed
  • Using a spoon to hold back the foam, pour the matcha milk into the espresso. Spoon the remaining foam on top

Recipe Tip

Matcha powders come in many varieties. The best-quality matcha powder is labeled “ceremonial matcha.” This will also be the most expensive. If you would like to avoid the higher cost, a culinary-grade matcha powder will work just fine. Matcha is easily found online, as well as at most Asian markets.

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