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Better Than Starbucks Iced Matcha Latte

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This matcha latte is a delicious way to get your morning caffeine fix. It’s quick and easy to brew, and in my opinion tastes better than what you get at a certain multinational chain coffeehouse. The best part is, it’s cheaper than buying a latte and you don’t even need to wait in line.

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Why Make it at home?

A tall iced matcha latte with almond milk costs about $6.04. This recipe makes a slightly larger latte and uses $0.74 worth of ingredients. That means buying a latte from starbucks is over EIGHT TIMES more expensive than just making it. And it doesn’t even save you time! This recipe can be made in less than five minutes! You can make this recipe faster than it takes you to get to your nearest starbucks.

What makes the Starbucks latte so delicious?

Good Quality Matcha

Getting a good quality matcha is key to any matcha recipe. Low quality matcha can taste bitter and unpleasant. You can’t go wrong with most ceremonial grade matcha brands, but it can be expensive (and honestly too high quality for a starbucks drink). If you’re on a budget I recommend Sencha Naturals matcha from Costco. It is one of the highest quality matcha tea brands at its relatively cheap price point, and it’s the brand I used to make this copycat recipe.

A Secret Ingredient

If you’ve ever tried the starbucks matcha latte you’d know it tastes unlike any other matcha latte. The secret? Vanilla syrup. Not only does it sweeten the drink, but the vanilla pairs nicely with the matcha to give you a unique and delicious taste. If you cannot find vanilla syrup, a mixture of sugar and a touch of vanilla extract can replicate the right flavor. I use imitation vanilla extract for this recipe.

Better Than Starbucks Matcha Latte



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  • 1 cup milk of choice

  • 2 tsp matcha

  • 1.5-2 tsp sugar

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Sift the matcha into a bowl. Heat a quarter cup of water in the microwave until small bubbles form, about 30 seconds. Pour the hot water over the matcha and whisk until smooth and frothy.
  • Add sugar and vanilla extract to the water. Stir to dissolve.
  • Add ice cubes to a drinking glass. Pour in milk, followed by the matcha mixture. Stir to combine, enjoy immediately

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