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How To Make a Whipped Matcha Latte (Inspired by Dalgona Coffee)
By now you have probably heard of the Korean Dalgona coffee trend that is taking the world by storm. I tried it for the first time at my favorite boba shop and it was is absolutely delicious. After I made myself a cup of Dalgona coffee at home, I immediately wanted to try it with matcha.
Ever since I first visited Japan and had my first authentic cup of matcha, I’ve been obsessed. I’ve bought culinary grade matcha like crazy to use for cookies, breads, muffins, chia puddings, and of course, for a traditional cup of matcha.
So naturally, I had to dream up a way to make a dalgona coffee-inspired, matcha latte. But since matcha has a different consistency than instant coffee, you can’t make it quite the same. After some trial and error I think it’s ready to share. So here’s my take on on a dalgona coffee-inspired whipped matcha latte!
What is Matcha?
First of all, if you aren’t familiar with matcha, it is a powdered Japanese green tea that is made from finely ground tea leaves. It is most commonly enjoyed by itself or with sweets. When selecting matcha, it’s best to buy high culinary grade matcha or a ceremonial grade matcha (best for drinking by itself).
Equipment Needed to Make a Whipped Matcha Latte
- Electric hand mixer (you can also use a stand mixer or whisk)
- Small mixing bowl
- Small sifter (for the matcha)
- Measuring spoons
- Spoon or small spatula
- Cup or glass, for serving
Ingredients to Make a Whipped Matcha Latte
- 2 tbsp. aquafaba (chickpea liquid)
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. matcha 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 matcha 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 matcha 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 matcha latte. I will report back on this, or if you try it with less sugar let me know how it worked out!
How to Make a Whipped Matcha 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 matcha 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 matcha mixture. Stir to combine and enjoy!
So there you have it! You can now make your own whipped matcha latte inspired by dalgona coffee!
- 2 tbsp. Aquafaba (canned chickpea liquid)
- 2 tbsp. Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp. Matcha
- 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 matcha powder to the bowl.
4. Whisk on low until combined.
5. Add milk and ice to a cup and top with the whipped matcha.
6. Stir to combine and enjoy!
- If you don't have aquafaba you can also use an egg white.
- You can also whip by hand, however, it works better with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer.
- If you've made dalgona coffee before you'll know that it doesn't take much time to whip it up. However, it does take about 3 times as long to make a dalgona matcha so be patient!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130
Nutrition information isn't always accurate.