This post is sponsored by KissMe Organics, and as per usual, all opinions are my own.
If you look really closely, you can see an arabesque drawn into the foam of this matcha latte.
Do you see it?
Yeeeeeah, that’s because it’s not actually there.
In spite of my best efforts to create drawings in my latte foam after watching how-to videos on YouTube, and trying (in vain) to beautifully craft a woodland creature atop my cup o’ matcha, the pursuit of pretty foam has been buttoned up and officially saved for a rainy day (slash, reserved for highly-skilled professional foam artists).
As it turns out, latte foam art requires fineness, not a magic foam marker (neither of which I possess…to my dismay). Fancy latte foam, you’uns…it’s serious business. BUT, you know what they say: it’s what’s under the foam that counts. < – People totally say this.
Since we’re on the topic, what’s the coolest foam drawing you’ve seen?
Are you as obsessed with pretty foam as I am?
What lengths would you go through for all the pretty foams?
Are we still talking about foam?
Latte Foam Art, the saga:
Just kidding. We’re moving on.
Matcha green tea lattes are one of my favorite cold weather beverages. Last winter, I took a hiatus from coffee (it’s true. You’re looking at a Coffee Hiatus Survivor), during which my coffee addiction was jettisoned into a full-fledged matcha green tea latte obsession. You may remember this phase, as we had words about it in one of my blog posts, and many of you expressed interest in seeing a recipe for my morning matcha. Look at how punctual I am with my response to your request! I guess that makes me fashionably latte. Get it? Late? Latte? < – Lame. Real lame.
The recipe for this cozy bevvie is super simple. All you need to do is mix the matcha powder with a small amount of hot water in order to dissolve it, then add your sweetener and milk of choice. I like taking the dairy-free and naturally sweetened route by using unsweetened almond milk and pure maple syrup or honey. Because I’m all about steamy, frothy warm beverages, I use my milk frother when I make lattes. You can also heat the almond milk on the stove top or zap it in the microwave – just be sure it doesn’t come to a boil.
I’ve been enjoying Kiss Me Organics‘ matcha powder in my lattes, and I love the creamy, cozy, green tea-y flavor. It’s a tasty treat to enjoy as your morning or afternoon pick-me-up, and to top it all off, it’s ever-so healthful for you.
In case you’re unfamiliar with matcha, it is finely-ground green tea leaves. Because you’re consuming the actual leaf when you consume matcha, it is an even better source of antioxidants than brewed green tea. Instead of giving you a caffeine spike the way coffee does, matcha green tea gives you up to 6 hours of sustained energy. In addition, studies show it helps boost your metabolism and protects your skin from UV rays.
PLUS, the powder is versatile! It can be used in cooking, baking, smoothies, and lattes. Aside from lattes, two of my favorite matcha applications are this Mango Matcha Smoothie and this Green Tea Coconut Milk Ice Cream. One bag of matcha goes a long way, giving you ample opportunity to work on your green tea latte foam art and experiment with other matcha treats.
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Kiss Me Organics is giving away one 4-ounce pouch of matcha. All you need to do for a chance to win is leave a comment below. Also be sure to tell your friends about Kiss Me Organics matcha green tea powder on Facebook. The giveaway ends Friday, October 10, 2014 and the winner will be notified through email.
In addition, now through November 15, Kiss Me Organics is offering a 20% discount on their matcha powder. Just use the coupon code: ZA7CPIWA at checkout!
Get your matcha on!