Matcha Coffee Recipe (Homemade Dirty Matcha Latte)

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This matcha coffee recipe is easy to make and just like the Starbucks matcha latte. The best part about making your own matcha latte coffee is that you can control how sweet it is and play around with creating pretty layers. 

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What Goes In a Matcha Coffee Latte

To make this iced matcha latte recipe you will need a few simple ingredients. Keep in mind that when it comes to matcha powder a good quality matcha powder is essential. Ceremonial grade matcha is recommended for best results. For a smooth earthy matcha, you can remove sugar completely, or sweeten it with a natural sweetener instead of white sugar. You can use maple syrup, honey syrup, or simple syrup. These are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1/2 tsp matcha tea powder
  • 2 oz warm water
  • 4-8 oz milk of choice
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 tsp honey simple syrup
  • ice cubes

You will also need a milk frother or matcha whisk. 

matcha coffee ingredients

How to Make a Matcha Espresso Fusion

The most important part of making matcha drinks is the matcha. If you are new to using matcha powder, it is essentially a green tea powder made from green tea leaves The leaves are stone ground into a super fine powder.

First, combine the matcha and warm water in a small glass and froth using a handheld frother or a bamboo whisk. If you are using a sweetener, you will add it here and combine the sweetener with the matcha and water. We are using honey simple syrup because it’s a more natural sweetener.

froth green tra powder with warm water

Make sure to use warm water and not hot water, as hot water can make the matcha taste more bitter. Froth until the powder is completely dissolved and set aside. 

froth matcha mixture with electric frother

Next, pour a shot of espresso into a tall glass. You don’t need an espresso machine, you can make quick and easy espresso with the Aeropress. This is our Aeropress espresso recipe

pour espresso in tall glass

Since this is an iced version of a matcha latte, add ice to the glass and fill the ice up just above the espresso. If you have coffee ice cubes those would be perfect. (It’s ok if you have regular ice cubes). 

iced espresso latte

Then slowly, and carefully pour the milk into the glass. To get the layered look like the local coffee shop often does, pour the milk over the back of a spoon so that it doesn’t pour into the glass in a straight stream. If this is your first time and the layers don’t work out very well, it’s okay. Creating these layers is not easy, and we struggle with it ourselves.  

milk in espresso matcha latte

Lastly, add a few more ice cubes and then the matcha mixture to the glass. 

vibrant green matcha coffee

The vibrant green color should stay separate from the other layers of this dirty matcha latte.

iced matcha coffee recipe

Pop in a straw and enjoy your matcha espresso latte. Give it a stir before drinking and mix all of the flavors together for the full matcha coffee experience.

Dirty Matcha Latte 

This green tea latte is a delicious drink and it contains more caffeine than regular green tea. Combine that with the addition of espresso to make it the ultimate great afternoon pick-me-up.

dirty matcha latte

FAQs and Variations

You can make changes to this matcha coffee recipe to suit your personal preference, doing so may alter the end results.

What milk can I use for this matcha coffee recipe?

We are using cashew milk. You can use almond milk, coconut milk, creamy oat milk, or even whole milk. 

If I don’t have espresso, can I use a cup of coffee?

Sure, just make sure that it’s strong coffee. 

There are so many different qualities of matcha, how do I know which to choose? 

es, there are different grades and qualities of matcha powder. The better quality matcha like ceremonial grade will provide the best flavor, while a lower quality may produce a more bitter flavor of matcha. You can always try different kinds and see which you like best. This will come down to personal preference and how earthy you like your classic matcha latte. 

matcha coffee recipe
Matcha Coffee Recipe

Matcha Coffee Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This matcha coffee recipe also known as a dirty matcha latte is easy to make and just like the Starbucks matcha latte


  • 1/2 tsp matcha tea powder
  • 2 oz warm water
  • 4-8 oz milk of choice
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 tsp honey simple syrup
  • ice cubes


  1. Combine matcha powder with warm water and sweetener in a small glass and froth using a handheld frother. Or whisk with a bamboo matcha whisk.
  2. Pour a shot of espresso in a tall glass.
  3. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  4. Slowly pour milk into the glass
  5. Top with the matcha mixture.

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