If you're not a Matcha Green Tea drinker already, you may find it quite strange to consider adding any kind of milk to your green tea.
It's more common than you may think! Matcha is increasingly enjoyed around the world in the form of a creamy Matcha Latte.
However, did you know that the type of milk you use affects the absorption of the antioxidants found in Matcha?
So which milk is best for a Matcha Latte?
If you do like to drink Matcha latte style, we recommend ditching the dairy and choosing plant-based milk instead.
Here are the key reasons why:
- Dairy Milk contains a protein called Casein which binds itself to the Catechins. Catechins are plant-based compounds that are antioxidant-rich and are found in Matcha. These Catechins help prevent cell damage and reduce free radicals in the body, as well as offering anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and metabolic benefits. Perfect for the body to soak up for increased overall health and wellness.
- If you add the dairy protein Casein to these Catechins, it blocks the absorption of antioxidants by the body and they just flush right through. What a shame to waste all that goodness, don't you think?
If you are drinking Matcha for health reasons, we suggest drinking Matcha with just hot or cold water for maximum absorption of nutrients.
How to make it with just water?
- Simply measure out two bamboo scoops of sifted Matcha
- Ad water (no hotter than 80 degrees)
- Whisk or shake (in our Tea Shaker) to combine and enjoy!
But if you're more partial to a creamy Matcha Latte, we recommend you swap out the dairy milk for plant-based milk. Some of our favourites are Macadamia, Oat and Almond - we are spoilt for choice with what's on offer in the supermarket these days!
There's absolutely nothing wrong with mixing up your Matcha routine too! Sometimes we like to drink Matcha straight up and sometimes only a creamy Latte will do.
One key point we would like to make even if you are drinking Matcha in a latte is to pick always bright green, good quality Matcha to use.
From personal experience, far too many Matcha Latte drinks on offer at cafes are too milky and sweet to mask the poor quality Matcha being used.
The latte should still look bright green and that smooth vegetal signature taste of Matcha should still shine through. It shouldn't taste so milky or sweet that you can't even taste that delicious green goodness.
Our two kinds of Matcha suit either option, you will enjoy the smooth taste and know you’re drinking in all the goodness too!
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