Who would have imagined blueberry and matcha tea goes so well together?
Here you can learn how to make the best blueberry matcha latte in minutes, using blueberry jam.
What is a matcha latte?
Matcha lattes are drinks, served hot or cold, that combine matcha with the milk of your choice.
Matcha is a type of green tea in powdered form.
To make matcha powder as we get it from the store, green tea leaves (usually the sort called tencha) are shade-grown, so they develop more chlorophyll.
This is what gives matcha its distinctive green color.
After being handpicked, the leaves are ground into a powder in a traditional stone grinder.
The result is a tea powder with a vivid green color.
A perk of matcha is that its powdered form allows to make tea very conveniently: there is no steeping involved and you only have to whisk it.
Another benefit of matcha is that since you ingest the whole tea leaf, it has quite the reputation as a healthy food, providing lots of antioxidants, amino acids and other nutrients.
Regarding taste, matcha has a mild bitterness and a pleasant savory flavor that the Japanese call “umami”.
I find it difficult to describe the taste of matcha, but I would say, it has an elegant and rich flavor, full of nuances, with some grassy, earthy, vegetal and creamy notes.
What goes well with matcha
When it comes to matcha flavor combinations, the sky is the limit.
You are allow to experiment mixing matcha with pretty much anything you like: fruits, dairy, kinds of tea…
For a long time, matcha was mainly linked to the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
However, in recent years, matcha has become popular as a superfood and its culinary applications have been expanding.
Specially in Japan, where matcha is very popular and considered a synonym for slightly-luxurious, tradition-honoring flavor, you can find all sorts of matcha flavored confectionery and even savory dishes.
If you want some ideas to get started, I recommend trying matcha with:
- Dairy (milk, whipped cream, cheesecake…)
- Your milk alternative of choice
- Chocolate (specially white, if you want to enjoy the green color)
- Adzuki paste
- Fruits: this is a combination I’ve discovered for myself quite recently and it’s delicious, specially with berries like strawberries or blueberries. This is the inspiration for the recipe in this post.
Ingredients to make easy blueberry matcha latte
You can make blueberry matcha latte using fresh or frozen blueberries.
However, for this recipe I use blueberry jam because it makes the recipe as easy as it gets to prepare.
Also, blueberry jam allows to make this latte all year round, even when blueberries are not in season.
Since matcha tea isn’t prepared by steeping, you don’t some utensils that are commonly used to make tea, like a tea strainer or fillable tea bags.
On the other side, you need to whisk the matcha: this isn’t only to make the powder suspend in the water, but it also releases flavors and aromas.
Traditionally, matcha is whisked with a so called matcha whisk, which is made from bamboos.
But the good news is, if you don’t have one (I didn’t have one for years), you can foam your matcha using a handheld milk frother or frother wand.
Another good alternative is to prepare matcha by simply shaking the matcha and water in a closed recipient as it if were a cocktail (you don’t need a real cocktail shaker: any small recipient with lid that can be closed will do the trick).
How to make easy blueberry matcha latte
Basically, you only need to mix blueberry jam, your preferred type of milk and matcha to make this blueberry matcha latte.
However, I’ve found that following the steps below give the best results, making it easier to mix the ingredients together and also making the drink more aesthetically pleasant.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to make easy blueberry matcha latte
- Make blueberry milk
Start by mixing the blueberry jam with the milk.
You can do this directly in the cup if you want to save some dishwashing.
A handheld frother makes this step very quick and easy, but if you don’t have one, a spoon will do it as well.
- Prepare matcha shot
Whisk or shake the matcha powder with a little amount of water.
When the matcha is evenly distributed and has some foam on the top, pour it into the blueberry milk.
Tips and tricks
- Mixing well the blueberry jam with a some milk make it easier to avoid clumps.
However, take into consideration that blueberry jam usually has pieces of blueberry and some of its seeds, so this latte will have some bits unless you strain the mixture (which I’ve personally never tried because I don’t mind the bits).
- Feel free to use any type of milk you want: skimmed milk, almond milk, oat milk…
I usually use whole fat dairy milk.
- This blueberry latte tastes as good when served hot as it does when served cold.
- To get layers of purple milk vs. green matcha, assemble the drink in this order: purple milk (milk with blueberry jam) – ice – matcha tea (aiming to pour the tea over an ice cube).
Layering doesn’t work well if you prepare this latte without ice cubes.
Yes, matcha tea contains caffeine.
The amount of caffeine in matcha vary depending on factors such as the origin, the quality and the processing of the tea, but it has been estimated that a teaspoon of matcha has around 70 mg of caffeine.
To compare, a cup of coffee (8 oz.) has approximately 95 mg.
Definitely! Blueberry matcha latte made from whole blueberries is delicious, but so it is blueberry matcha latte made with blueberry jam.
And since jam is already sweetened, you may skip sweetening your matcha if you use blueberry jam.
Easy Blueberry Matcha Latte Recipe
- Frother wand Optional
- 2-3 Teaspoon Blueberry Jam
- ½ Cup Milk of choice
- 1 Teaspoon Matcha powder
- 2-3 Tablespoon Water (around 50 ml.)
- Ice cubes (Optional)
- Mix the blueberry jam with the milk. You may do this directly in the cup, using a spoon or a handheld frother (this second option makes it quicker and easier).
- Prepare a matcha shot by whisking or shaking the matcha powder with a little amount of water.
- When the matcha is evenly distributed and has some build a fine layer of foam, add it into the blueberry milk.
- For a sweeter latte, add more blueberry jam
- You may prepare this drink warm or iced: both taste great.
- If you want a layered drink, prepare this latte cold and assemble following this steps: blueberry latte – ice cubes – matcha tea (aiming at an ice cube helps)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe for blueberry jam matcha latte: it tastes delicious, looks great and it’s convenient because the jam makes it easy to get a pleasant amount of sweetness.
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