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The Best Type of Milk with Matcha

By Avery Hastings

The Best Type of Milk with Matcha

Everyone always asks what is the best type of milk with matcha and which milk is best for matcha lattes, matcha milk tea and matcha bubble tea. In this blog post, we will explore the best type of milk with matcha, answer the question of whether it's safe to mix matcha with milk, and provide recommendations on how to make the best matcha latte or matcha milk tea.

First, let's explore matcha. Matcha is a type of green tea that has been consumed in Japan for centuries, and it has gained popularity in recent years due to its potential health benefits and unique taste. Some common questions that arise when it comes to matcha is whether it's safe to mix it with milk. Other questions we commonly see are "Can you mix matcha with milk?", "What types of milk are best for matcha?" and "Will mixing matcha with milk reduce the health benefits?".

Before we delve into the details of milk and matcha, we need to emphasize the importance of selecting high-quality matcha. Regardless of how you mix it up, ensuring you have a high quality matcha powder like Bonsai Cha, makes your matcha lattes so much better. 

Milk with Matcha: Is it Safe?

Now, let's answer the question of whether it's safe to mix matcha with milk. Some people worry that mixing matcha with milk will diminish the health benefits of matcha. However, according to several studies, the combination of milk and matcha doesn't negatively impact the absorption of catechins, which are the antioxidants found in matcha. In fact, some studies suggest that adding milk to matcha to make matcha lattes or matcha milk tea may enhance the antioxidant effects.

Matcha is safe to mix with milk and many people prefer to drink it this way. While some people may worry that mixing matcha with milk will reduce its health benefits, research has shown that milk does not diminish matcha's nutritional properties [1].

In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology, mixing matcha with milk can increase the bioavailability of certain nutrients, such as catechins, which are antioxidants that may help protect against heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses [3]. The study found that adding milk to matcha can enhance the absorption of these nutrients in the body, making them more readily available for use. Furthermore, matcha is already a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, and E, as well as iron, calcium, and potassium [2]. These nutrients are not affected by mixing matcha with milk.

It's worth noting that not all types of milk are created equal when it comes to pairing with matcha for matcha lattes or matcha milk tea. While some people prefer full-fat milk for its creaminess and rich flavor, others may opt for plant-based milks, such as almond, coconut, or oat milk, for their lighter and more refreshing taste. Ultimately, the choice of milk comes down to personal preference and dietary needs.

If you're concerned about the potential health risks of mixing matcha with milk, it's always a good idea to consult with your doctor or a qualified health professional. However, for most people, matcha mixed with milk is a safe and healthy beverage choice. So go ahead and mix up a cup of matcha latte or matcha milk tea with your milk of choice. Not only will it taste delicious, but you'll also be reaping the many health benefits of this superfood beverage.

With that out of the way, let's move on to the main topic of this blog post: the best type of milk to pair with matcha. There are several types of milk available in the market, and each type has its unique flavor, texture, and nutritional value. In the next section, we will discuss each type of milk, provide a ranking based on taste and palatability, and recommend the best type of milk to pair with matcha based on personal preferences and dietary needs.

barista pouring milk into matcha mix making a matcha latte, matcha milk tea

The Best Type of Milk with Matcha

Matcha is a versatile ingredient that can be paired with different types of milk to create a delicious and healthy beverage. But which type of milk is the best to pair with matcha? Here’s Bonsai Cha’s ranking for matcha/milk pairings:

#1 Almond Milk with Matcha

This plant-based milk is the top recommendation for pairing with matcha due to its light and nutty flavor that complements matcha's grassy notes. Almond milk is also low in calories and sugar, making it a great choice for those who are health-conscious. It is also suitable for people with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies.

#2 Coconut Milk with Matcha

The creamy and tropical flavor of coconut milk pairs well with matcha and creates a smooth and frothy texture. Coconut milk is also a good source of healthy fats and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which provide sustained energy and promote satiety.

coconut milk for matcha latte and matcha milk tea

#3 Oat Milk with Matcha

Oat milk has a mild and slightly sweet flavor that can balance the bitterness of matcha. It is also naturally creamy and produces a velvety texture when paired with matcha. Oat milk is a good option for those who are looking for a non-dairy milk that is high in fiber and protein.

#4 Full-fat Milk for Matcha

Full-fat milk is a classic choice for pairing with matcha, as the richness of the milk can complement matcha's complex flavor profile. However, it is high in calories and saturated fat, so it may not be suitable for those who are watching their weight or cholesterol levels.

#5 Soy Milk for Matcha

Soy milk has a creamy and slightly nutty flavor that can pair well with matcha, but it can also have a distinct soy aftertaste that may not appeal to everyone. Soy milk is a good source of protein, but it may not be suitable for people with soy allergies or those who want to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

 soy milk for matcha latte and matcha milk tea

Milk with Matcha: Bonsai Cha's Recommended Matcha Milk Pairing

Our personal favorite type of milk to pair with Bonsai Cha Pure Premium Matcha is a blend of almond and coconut milk. This combination is an excellent alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or looking for a non-dairy option. It has a rich and creamy texture that complements the earthy and savory flavor of matcha.

Almond coconut milk has a naturally sweet taste, which enhances the flavor of matcha, making it a great choice for those who prefer a sweeter taste. It also contains healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, such as vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium, that can boost your overall health.

When paired with Bonsai Cha Pure Premium Matcha, the nuttiness of the almond and the sweetness of the coconut milk create a perfect balance that enhances the unique flavor of matcha. This combination has a smooth and velvety texture that makes it a perfect base for matcha lattes and matcha milk tea.

Overall, almond coconut milk is a great option for those looking for a non-dairy milk to pair with matcha. Its rich and creamy texture, along with its natural sweetness, makes it a perfect complement to the earthy flavor of matcha. We highly recommend trying Bonsai Cha Pure Premium Matcha with almond coconut milk to experience a delightful and refreshing matcha beverage.


Milk with Matcha: Matcha Latte and Matcha Milk Tea

Matcha lattes and matcha milk tea are popular beverages that combine the unique taste of matcha with the creaminess of milk. Both beverages have their own unique flavor and are easy to make at home.

A matcha latte is made by combining matcha powder with hot milk and sweetener of choice, such as honey or sugar. The mixture is then whisked together until frothy and served hot.

Matcha Milk Tea, also known as matcha bubble tea or boba, is made by combining matcha powder with hot water and sweetener of choice. The mixture is then added to a cup of milk and served with tapioca pearls or other add-ins of choice.

The main difference between the two beverages is the texture. Matcha lattes are smoother and creamier, while matcha milk tea has a more chewy texture due to the addition of tapioca pearls or other add-ins.

To make a matcha latte or matcha milk tea at home, start with high-quality matcha powder such as Bonsai Cha's Pure Premium Matcha. Then, choose a milk that complements the flavor of the matcha. Almond coconut milk is a great option as it adds a subtle nuttiness and sweetness that pairs well with the earthy flavor of matcha.

For a matcha latte, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to steam. Remove the milk from the heat and add in the matcha powder and sweetener. Whisk the mixture together until it becomes frothy and serve hot.

For matcha milk tea, start by preparing the tapioca pearls according to the package instructions. Then, add the matcha powder, hot water, and sweetener to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the mixture to a glass of milk and stir in the tapioca pearls or other add-ins of choice.
Customize the recipes to your personal preferences by adjusting the amount of milk and sweetener used. Experiment with different types of milk to find your favorite matcha milk pairing.


Matcha Latte Recipe


Ingredients:

• 1 teaspoon Bonsai Cha pure premium matcha
• 1 tablespoon hot water
• 1 cup almond coconut milk
• 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Directions:

1. Heat the almond coconut milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until steaming hot but not boiling.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk the matcha with hot water until it forms a smooth paste.

3. Pour the matcha paste into a mug.

4. Add the steaming hot almond coconut milk to the mug and stir well.

5. If desired, add honey to sweeten.

6. Enjoy

 

chasen with frothy milk to make a matcha latte, matcha milk tea


Matcha Milk Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup boba pearls
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. Cook the boba pearls according to package instructions. Typically, you will need to boil them for 5-10 minutes until they are soft and chewy. Drain the boba and rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine the granulated sugar and 2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.

  3. In your Bonsai Cha matcha maker, whisk together the matcha powder and 2 tablespoons of hot water until there are no lumps.

  4. In a glass, combine the cooled sugar syrup, milk, and matcha mixture. Stir well.

  5. Add ice to the glass, leaving enough room for the boba pearls.

  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the boba pearls to the glass.

  7. Serve with a thick straw and enjoy your matcha boba milk tea!

matcha boba (matcha milk bubble tea) in a tall plastic cup with a straw with other types of bubble tea


Should you Mix Milk with Matcha?

In conclusion, matcha is a healthy and versatile superfood that can be consumed in a variety of ways, including mixed with milk. Matcha's numerous health benefits, including its high antioxidant content, make it a great addition to anyone's diet.

While some people may worry that mixing matcha with milk will diminish its nutritional properties, research has shown that milk does not affect the bioavailability of matcha's beneficial compounds. In fact, mixing matcha with milk can enhance the absorption of certain nutrients, making them more readily available for use by the body.

Furthermore, the choice of milk comes down to personal preference and dietary needs. Plant-based milks, such as almond, coconut, or oat milk, are great options for those who are lactose intolerant or have other dietary restrictions. And for those who prefer dairy milk, low-fat or non-fat options can be just as beneficial when paired with matcha.

Overall, incorporating matcha into your diet can be a simple and delicious way to boost your health and well-being. Whether you choose to drink it straight or mixed with milk, there's no denying the many benefits of this superfood beverage. So why not try a cup of matcha today and experience the benefits for yourself?

 

Did you like this article? Check out our other blog post here:
Which Milk is Best for Your Matcha Latte? – Bonsai Cha


References:

1. "Milk and Dairy Products in Human Nutrition" by Adebamowo, C., Spiegelman, D., Danby, F. W., Frazier, A. L., Willett, W. C., & Holmes, M. D. (2018). The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 107(4), 535–544. https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/107/4/535/4911266

2. "Comparing the Benefits of White, Green, and Black Tea Infusions on Lipid Profile and Oxidative Stress Parameters in Wistar Rats" by Farzaei, M. H., Bahramsoltani, R., Abdollahi, M., & Rahimi, R. (2016). Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, 6(4), 451–456. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5192342/

3. "A Comparative Study of the Antioxidant Properties of Green Tea Extracts and Matcha" by Weiss, D. J., & Anderton, C. R. (2003). Journal of Food Science, 68(3), 1172–1178. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2003.tb09699.x

 

 

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