Homemade fluffy lattes

Somewhere in between coffee and tea, latte is a true delight for anyone searching for a dose of energy with a fluffy milky texture. Some people cannot live without milk, and some cannot live without tea. If you belong to both categories, you might want to explore the interesting and huge world of lattes. A lot of teas can be made as a latte – black, matcha, oolong, rooibos, even some herbal ones as well. If you are new to the skill of turning your tea into a delicious slow relaxation drink, start with three suggested types.

Homemade fluffy lattes matcha

Matcha latte

Matcha latte is the simplest of all recipes for enjoying matcha every day. It’s perfect as a coffee substitute, it will give you a bit of energy and a dose of antioxidants all mixed up with rice, soy or cow milk.

Ingredients:

1-2 grams of matcha tea powder
200 ml of milk (rice, soy or cow)
50 ml of hot water cooled down to 80 degrees Celsius
Honey, maple or caramel syrup
Croquant flakes

 

You will need one bowl suitable for making matcha, matcha whisk, pan, milk frother, sifter and your favorite latte tea cup. Bring water to boil and let it cool down to 80 degrees Celsius. Sift matcha powder in the same way you would do for preparing it the regular way. Heat milk over fire without letting it boil and use whisk to make froth. Pour brewed matcha into a tea cup and pour hot milk over it. Add honey or maple syrup and mix well. You can add croquant flakes and sprinkle a bit of matcha powder on the top. Enjoy while hot.

 

Flavored black tea latte

Almost any black tea can be used for making latte. We do recommend using black teas with strong flavor, broken leaves. You can adjust the quantity to suit your taste. More flavor will be extracted from broken smaller leaves.

Ingredients:

200 ml of milk (rice, soy or cow)
100 ml of water
5 grams of loose leaf tea
Honey, maple or caramel syrup

Our suggestions are Canadian Maple Leaf, Chocolate OrangePumpkin Spice or regular Earl Grey. You will also be needing a milk frother, pan and a sifter to sift the leaves from milk. Put milk and water into a pan over low to medium fire. Do not let it boil. Add tea leaves and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes. Again, do not let it boil. Use frother to make your latte fluffy and light. Remove from fire and let it cool down for a minute or two, then use the strainer while pouring into a cup. Add honey, maple syrup or caramel. If you are using regular unflavored black tea, you can easily add a flavor – vanilla, rum, almond…

 

Spiced up Chai

Homemade fluffy lattes chai

Chai is one of those legendary Indian teas that are impossible not to be liked. Very sweet, very aromatic, and very delicious. If your Chai tasting experience never got further from instant tea bags, it’s time you get that pan on fire. The best Chai will require a bit of time, not only pouring your tea leaves with hot water and adding milk. You can use pre-made blends or mix your own.

Ingredients:

10 grams of lack tea leaves (we recommend Nuwara Eliya black tea)
Around 10 cardamom seeds
Few black peppercorns
Few anise seed1 Cinnamon stick (Ceylon type)
500 ml of milk
800 ml of water
4-6 tablespoons of sugar (or maple syrup)

Crush the spices a bit to allowed them to release more flavor. You do not need to torture them, slightly crushing will be enough. You can play with spices and add or remove those that you like or don’t like. Nutmeg, cloves, ginger, all taste great in Chai. Put water and spices in a pan and bring it to boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Add tea leaves and let it simmer on a very low fire for around 2 minutes, then add milk and sugar and let it simmer for additional 5 minutes while stirring. Use strainer when pouring Chai into tea cups.

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