What is a tea latte?A tea latte in its simplest form is tea with frothed or steamed milk. This cozy drink is a play on the classic café latte, only instead of espresso, it contains tea. The best part? It’s super versatile. You can have it hot, iced and with almost any type of tea or topping (hello, whipped cream!) Plus, you can control the amount of caffeine you want which is dependent on the type of tea you choose. How cool is that?
What’s in a tea latte?Tea lattes are made up of three basic ingredients:
TeaVirtually any tea (loose leaf or teabag) can be made into a tea latte – from premium matcha green tea to caffeine-free rooibos to classic Earl Grey. We’re suckers for bold black teas and vibrant matchas because they hold up amazingly to milk. But almost any strong-flavoured tea will do the trick. Looking for a good place to start? Here are a few of our favourites: Original Matcha Assam Golden Tips Black Tea Berry Biscus Black Tea Lemongrass Ginger Black Tea Fennel Turmeric Black Tea
SweetenerWe love adding organic gur to our tea lattes because a little goes a long way. But of course you can sweeten your latte any way you like: Maple syrup, honey, brown or white sugar, coconut palm sugar… the possibilities are endless. Our suggestion? Go with your fave! The key is to sweeten your latte to your liking – so add as much or as little as you want.
The beauty of tea lattes? They taste delicious with all types of milk, whether you’re using whole, lactose-free or plant-based. For a richer, creamier latte, use 2% milk – especially if you’re going to steam and froth it. 1% and skim make great low-fat lattes, while silky coconut milk is perfect for vegan and dairy-free lattes.
Tea Latte RecipeHere’s how to make a classic tea latte.
- Add 4 Perfect Spoonfuls of loose leaf tea (or 2 sachets) and 1 tbsp of sweetener to a Steeper, and fill with 1-1¼ cup of hot water.
- Steep according to tea instructions.
- Froth 1 cup of milk in a frother or heat in a saucepan and whisk until frothy.
- Dispense tea into a 16 oz mug and top with frothed milk.