Green tea latte made with almond milk and espresso. Now you can learn how to make this delicious blend at home. Kind of like a cappuccino but better.
What does an espresso green tea almond milk latte have to do with the farm to table movement?
When I went to the grand opening of the new farm market, Cecil Creek Farm, I met a very interesting fellow beverage producer. I was there to introduce MaryAnna’s bottled iced tea to local shoppers. Along with me were about a dozen other small food vendors, all with a passion for healthy and natural foods.
It was here that I got my first taste of a matcha green tea latte made with almond milk and a shot of espresso. “How unusually delicious,” I thought. I wanted to know how I could make this green tea latte at home. Of course, I found out and I guarantee this is the best green tea latte you’ve ever had.
Benefits of Farm to Table
We’re in a new world of food now. Small local producers are getting noticed and supported. More consumers are becoming aware of how big food and beverage are taking big shortcuts, trading in our health for big profits.
By providing and purchasing natural foods and rejecting artificially mass-produced foods, we ignite the light of hope. We can return to real foods and heal our bodies. It is not impossible.
This evidence is overwhelming at this point. You eat more plants, you eat less other stuff, you live longer.” – Mark Bittman, Food Matters
Cecil Creek Farm is a Local Market Farm and a CSA, short for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is basically a farm share. A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Consumers can buy local, seasonal produce directly from a farmer in their community.
Good Neighbors Make Good Food
Shortly into the days’ events, I met my very interesting “beverage table neighbor”, Jacob. It’s always a pleasure to do these types of demonstrations with other food and beverage vendors.
I love meeting my customers directly and getting their reactions to my product. Plus, I get the added bonus of meeting and sharing with other small food producers. The feedback I get is priceless.
Jacob was not selling an ordinary beverage. And like all of us, he finds joy in handcrafting foods from simple pure ingredients and sharing them with others.
He produces Origin Almond Milk. It is not like any almond milk I’ve found in supermarkets. He freshly handcrafts each batch.
The result is pure deliciousness. I’ve had almond milk before but none tasted like this.
It is businesses like Cecil Creek Farm and MaryAnna’s Tea and Jacob’s Origin Almond Milk and hundreds more like them, that keep this movement going. It seems we are coming full circle, returning to natural, locally produced healthy foods again.
Green Tea Latte with Almond Milk and Espresso
This recipe is an adaptation from Jacobs. It pairs almond milk with matcha green tea and espresso. An espresso green tea latte with almond milk seems like an unusual pairing at first, but in many parts of urban Asia, it’s a popular beverage choice. And delicious besides!
The smooth creaminess of Japanese Matcha Green Tea blends well with the dark roast of the espresso. In this variation, dairy milk is replaced with pure almond milk for an added layer of depth and flavor.
It’s ridiculously easy to prepare for a fast, two-step process. All the ingredients are naturally 100% Vegan, dairy, soy, and gluten-free but delicious and rich enough to convert any dairy milk drinker.
No Espresso Machine?
The only catch is making the espresso and frothing the milk at home. Most American kitchens don’t have espresso or cappuccino machines readily available. Not to worry. There’s an easy fix for that.
My favorite espresso maker is Bialetti Stainless Steel stovetop espresso coffee maker. I use the stainless steel instead of the aluminum version because I have an induction cooktop. Every Italian kitchen has a stovetop espresso maker much like every American kitchen has an automatic drip coffee maker. To froth the milk for the cappuccino style beverage you just need a simple milk frother.
Green tea latte made with almond milk and espresso. Now you can learn how to make this delicious blend at home.
- 1 1/4 cup Almond Milk
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder (sifted)
- 2 Tbsp warm water
- 2 ounces Espresso
- 2 tsp pure cane sugar (optional)
Brew espresso and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together sifted matcha with warm water (do not use hot water) to make a smooth paste.
Heat almond milk in a saucepan until warm. Froth milk until foamy and doubled in volume.
Pour matcha tea and espresso into cups. This is enough for two servings so split the amount of matcha and espresso in two.
Pour frothed milk over matcha and espresso.
Add sugar (optional) and stir to dissolve.
Serve and enjoy.
Matcha Green Tea – A renowned super-food that’s well known to promote healthy living and aging—e.g. vitality, concentration, metabolism, skin rejuvenation. It has more than 10x the antioxidants of regular brewed green tea as its’ powdered form contains the entire green tea leaf.
Raw and Unpasteurized Almonds – A natural source of Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) which helps the body feed oxygen to the heart, lungs, and brain.
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