Matcha madness started early summer 2016 at the counter at Starbucks at Fred Meyer in Greenwood. In Seattle. Here we are, someone offering me a beverage of my choice, and me with no idea what to pick, but a mighty thirst. It’s a well-known bit of Sunshine trivia that Starbucks coffee tastes burnt like they strangled that goddamn coffee bean for more than it was worth. Matt says I’m crazy, half the world gulps it by the gallon, but I am not onboard. I did have a lovely latte at the original store in Pike Place Market once, though. Not only was my barista the sweetest, her foam art was transcendent. I digress. But, of course, you say, Starbucks is a wonderland of many beverages, not just crispy coffee, Bri. Chill out. Usually in this situation I’d order the only thing I could always trust—a basic bitch caffe vanilla frappa-goddamn-cino. Yes, I want whipped cream. How could you ask me that? Layer it. Make me a parfait. Can I get a name for your order? Brianna. Like Rihanna the singer? No. Not like that.
But not today, today I just threw words together that I never had before like some kind of pro [I still call the Grande a medium, because it’s a medium.] I’d like an iced green tea latte, sweet, please.
If I hadn’t had to take breaks for oxygen and all this thing could’ve been swallowed in one incredible gulp. So yummy! But Starbucks is not a place to frequent if you’re trying to pinch your pennies, so I sought out to find matcha on my own. Starbucks does not sell its proprietary powder. I found this one on Amazon, but I couldn’t pull the trigger. Several friends told me to visit Uwajimaya, which is a magical place, but it’s nowhere near my day-to-day routine. So when we strolled near the HT Oaktree Market on North Aurora I had to stop in and see if I could find some green gold. The HT is pretty spread out and includes more international choices than expected. And they had fruits we—and we includes a professional produce man—could not identify. If you make it to the tea aisle, you’ve gone too far, though. They keep their matcha behind the counter on account of people stealing it constantly. ‘Cause it’s so good.
So now we’ve spent $8 for more than 10 drinks’ worth. Sweet.
Mason Jar Matcha
- 2 cups Milk of your choice—I’ve tried whole, 2%, skim, coconut, and almond all to terrific results. Soy is also an option!
- 1 ½ teaspoons matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon sweetener—I’ve tried simple syrup, brown sugar, and agave nectar. Agave being the best, but honey is also an option. And it’s quite yummy unsweetened, too.
- Mason jar
- [Optional] Sippy straw mason jar attachment
- Combine ingredients together. I’ve tried this in every possible order. It mixes best when you start with the sweetener and matcha and then add the milk. I also experimented with heating the milk and then icing it later. Was essentially the same. The rest is easy, just put on the lid and shake until ingredients are combined. I’ve heard tell there is a special whisk you can buy for this, but you almost get an arm workout in shaking it so might as well.
So good. Sooooo good.
Are you into milk teas? What you got in that cup? Try this and lemme know if you can dig it in the comments below. Still hungry? See our whole Menu.
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