How to Make Matcha: The Basics

Making Matcha



Matcha is the ultimate morning ritual drink. A little caffeine plus a little calm in a bright green cup.

Here we're going to cover the basics of matcha and give a standard hot matcha recipe, which can be modified to make iced matcha and matcha lattes.


1. Scoop 1/2 to 1 teaspoon into cup.

Matcha tea in cup

1/2 teaspoon is about 1 gram. We recommend 1/2 teaspoon for a 6 oz cup of matcha,  or 1 teaspoon for a 12 oz cup and for lattes.

2. Add 1/4 cup of water to matcha and whisk till foamy.

Matcha and water in cup

You can use hot water (never boiling!). Around 175°F is ideal, or just when it gets too hot to touch). If you are making a cold drink, you can use room temperature water.

For whisking, you can use a traditional bamboo whisk called a chasen, an electric frother, or shake it up in a mason jar with a lid.

3. Add the rest of your liquid.  

matcha froth

For a standard hot matcha, simply top off with a half cup of hot water.

For an iced matcha, add half a cup of cold water and ice cubes.

For a hot or iced latte, add steamed or cold milk and ice cubes.


matcha iced


The key to a good tasting cup is quality matcha. Matcha should be stored in a sealed and opaque container, away from light, heat and air. You can store it in the refrigerator or in a cool cupboard.