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How To Make a Whipped Hojicha Latte
You’ve probably heard of matcha, a strong Japanese green tea that is made from finely grown tea leaves. But have you heard of hojicha? Hojicha is in the same family of matcha but it has one distinct difference, it is made from roasted green tea leaves.
The roasted tea leaves change the flavor of the green tea to give it a more robust flavor. It’s rich, deep, and robust. If you’re a fan of coffee you might taste some of the same elements but if you aren’t a fan of coffee you might like this as well because it doesn’t have a coffee “flavor.”
In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make a latte made using ground hojicha. Ground hojicha is perfect for making cakes, breads, custards, lattes, or enjoyed on its own whisked in hot water like matcha. But in this recipe, you’ll learn how to make a whipped hojicha latte to serve over a glass of milk!
Where Can I Buy Ground Hojicha?
Ground hojicha isn’t nearly as common as matcha so it can be tricky to find outside of Japan. However, I’ve found two places that you can purchase ground hojicha from at a reasonable price.
The first place is Harney & Sons which is one of my favorite brands of tea to buy within the U.S. They only have limited quantities of this tea so if it happens to be out of stock then sign-up to be reminded when it hits the shelves again. I like the ground Hojicha from Harney & Sons because it comes in two small pouches to maximize freshness.
The second place you can order ground hojicha from is a small shop I found on Etsy called Chaganju. They are located in Japan and get their hojicha from the Uji tea farms which have some of the most renowned tea in the world! The only downfall is it takes a little time to ship from Japan to the United States.
Equipment Needed to Make a Whipped Hojicha Latte
- Electric hand mixer (you can also use a stand mixer or whisk)
- Small mixing bowl
- Small sifter (for the hojicha powder)
- Measuring spoons
- Spoon or small spatula
- Cup or glass, for serving
Ingredients to Make a Whipped Hojicha Latte
- 2 tbsp. aquafaba (chickpea liquid) or heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. hojicha powder
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar (optional)
- Milk, for serving
- A few ice cubes, for serving
Before You Get Started
What is aquafaba? Can I use something else?
Aquafaba is the liquid from canned chickpeas. It acts as a vegan alternative to egg whites and whips very similarly. If you don’t have canned chickpeas (or can’t find them) you can use an egg white as an alternative – although I haven’t tried it this way yet!
When I originally tried to create this recipe I thought I could make it the same way as dalgona coffee, just sub the hojicha for the coffee. But that was not a winner.
I was reminded of the consistency of whipped eggs whites and thought about a video I watched on making vegan macarons with aquafaba. Since we currently have an egg shortage I decided to give it a try and save the chickpeas for making hummus later. 😉
Does it matter what kind of milk I use?
No, you can use any milk of your choice!
How much milk should I use?
This is really a personal choice. If you want a stronger matcha flavor I suggest using 1 cup of milk. If you want to make it less strong then add more milk.
Why add cream of tartar?
Adding cream of tartar to your whipped hojicha latte is optional. If you notice that your aquafaba or egg white isn’t forming peaks as well as you’d like, you can add 1/4 tsp. of cream of tartar to make it firm up a bit more. Cream of tartar has been used for years to stiffen egg whites when baking!
Can I use less sugar?
I have used less sugar before when making a dalgona coffee but I have not tried it yet for this whipped hojicha latte. I will report back on this, or if you try it with less sugar let me know how it worked out!
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How to Make a Whipped Hojicha Latte
In a small mixing bowl, whip the aquafaba until very frothy using an electric hand mixer.
Add sugar to the aquafaba and continue to whip until you form stiff peaks and the mixture sticks to the whisk. If you are having trouble forming stiff peaks, add 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar.
Using a small sifter, add the hojicha to the bowl.
Whisk on low until just combined.
Add milk of choice and a few ice cubes to a glass. Top with the whipped hojicha mixture. Stir to combine and enjoy!
So there you have it! You can now make your own whipped hojicha latte.
- 2 tbsp. Aquafaba (canned chickpea liquid)
- 2 tbsp. Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp. Hojicha powder
- 1/4 tsp. Cream of Tartar (optional)
- Milk, for serving
- A few ice cubes, for serving
1. In a small bowl, whip the aquafaba until frothy using an electric hand mixer.
2. Add sugar and whip until stiff peaks form and it sticks to the whisk. If you are having trouble forming stiff peaks, add 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar.
3. Using a sifter, add the hojicha powder to the bowl.
4. Whisk on low until just combined.
5. Add milk and ice to a cup and top with the whipped matcha.
6. Stir to combine and enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130