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Secrets to Perfectly Frothy Vanilla Matcha Lattes

There's something truly magical about the marriage of earthy matcha and creamy vanilla. But what if I told you there was a way to elevate this already delightful combination to new heights? Enter the humble milk frother - a tool often overlooked in our kitchen arsenal, but one that holds the secret to creating velvety, frothy vanilla matcha drinks that are sure to transport your taste buds on a journey of pure bliss. 

Picture this: a steaming cup of vibrant green matcha infused with sweet vanilla essence, topped off with a cloud-like layer of perfectly frothed milk. The contrast of bitter and sweet, earthy and creamy, all coming together in harmonious balance with just the right touch of sophistication.

With just a few simple steps and the help of your trusty milk frother, you can easily recreate this luxurious café-worthy drink right in the comfort of your own home - no barista skills required! Skip your trip to Starbucks, grab your favorite mug and milk frother and make a great vanilla matcha latte time and time again.

Choosing a frother

When choosing a milk frother, consider the type of froth you prefer - whether it's light and airy or thick and creamy. Aerating the milk at different temperatures can also affect the texture of the foam produced. For those who enjoy experimenting with different beverages, look for a frother that offers multiple settings for various types of milk and foam consistency.

Furthermore, take into account the ease of cleaning and maintenance when selecting a milk frother. Opt for one with detachable components that are dishwasher-safe for convenience. Additionally, consider the durability and build quality of the frother to ensure it will withstand regular use over time. Ultimately, finding a milk frother that suits your preferences in terms of functionality, versatility, and usability is key to enhancing your coffee-making experience at home.

We use a simple frother like this: https://a.co/d/10s53Hr

This also seems like a good option - has a few speeds and a stand! (we wish we had a stand for ours) https://a.co/d/hONkv45


Let’s talk about technique…

One popular milk frothing technique is the tulip method, where the steaming wand of the espresso machine is positioned slightly off-center in the milk pitcher. This creates a whirlpool effect that helps incorporate more air into the milk, resulting in a creamy and velvety texture. Another technique gaining traction is using alternative milks such as oat or almond milk for frothing. These non-dairy options require slightly different techniques due to their lower fat content, but can create equally delicious foam with a bit of practice and experimentation.

For those looking to take their frothing skills to the next level, experimenting with different temperatures of milk can make a significant impact on the final result. For example, heating the milk to around 150°F before frothing can give you thicker microfoam that holds its shape longer for latte art. Additionally, incorporating flavorings like vanilla or cinnamon directly into the milk before frothing can add an extra layer of complexity to your favorite coffee drinks. By exploring these various techniques and ingredients, you can elevate your at-home coffee experience and impress guests with professional-quality beverages tailored to your own taste preferences.

How to use this with our vanilla matcha:

Vanilla matcha latte (hot or cold)

A vanilla matcha latte is vanilla matcha microground tea that’s been mixed into hot (but not boiling) water, and milk.  It can be served hot or over ice.

To get started!  here’s what you’ll need:

1 tablespoon vanilla matcha microground tea

½  cup milk of your choice (we prefer oat milk)

½ cup  hot water (170-180 degrees)

The traditional way to prepare matcha is blended with a bamboo whisk.  We're lazy so we use our milk frother which works beautifully, but you could also use a small whisk.

Try our chai or london fog as latte like this as well. 

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