Matcha Espresso Drink Recipe

Glass filled with ice chunks, a shot of espresso, creamy milk and matcha.

what is a matcha espresso?

this matcha espresso drink is like a matcha coffee latte, if that helps. it’s espresso layered with milk and matcha, in a riff on coffee milk tea or yuenyueng.

matcha coffee recipe

it’s been a pretty warm spring in northern california, so this version is iced. it’s a chilled shot of espresso at the bottom, followed by a generous amount of milk, and matcha on top!

is matcha good with espresso?

yes! (i wouldn’t be posting this if it wasn’t lol). in this drink, the coffee is the more dominant flavor, with a little bit of the brightness of the green tea.

the matcha and espresso can both be on the bitter side, so a touch of sweetness and milkiness help. i’ve been missing brown sugar pearl milk (shoutout to the taro boba milk i had from sunright in diamond bar during the last trip before we went into shelter in place), so i’ve been in a big brown sugar mood. maple syrup is also a good move because it’s already liquid so it’s easier to incorporate into the drink. i used soy milk with a dash of half and half here because i didn’t have whole milk, but whole milk would definitely be my preference. you could definitely use coconut milk or oat milk (or soy milk!) if you’re trying to stick to non-dairy options.

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5 from 2 votes
Glass filled with ice chunks, a shot of espresso, creamy milk and matcha.
Matcha Espresso
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
This matcha espresso drink is a refreshing blend of sweet iced coffee and creamy green tea!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Keyword: caffeine, coffee, dairy-free, egg-free, espresso, gluten-free, grain-free, green tea, iced, matcha, no-bake, no-cook, non-alcoholic, nut-free, tea, vegan, vegeatarian
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 199 kcal
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 T espresso
  • 1 T maple syrup or brown sugar or to taste
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tsp matcha
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • ice to serve
  1. Make 1 shot of espresso using 1/2 cup hot water and the espresso. I like using a Moka pot! Stir in the maple syrup and salt. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold.
  2. In a small bowl or cup, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup hot water with the matcha until dissolved. Make sure it's well combined, since you don't want a powdery drink. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Add some ice to a tall glass. Pour in the espresso, then milk, then matcha. If you'd like to layer the drink (rather than having it all it mix together immediately), hold a spoon tipped very slightly downward with the tip touching the side of the glass, pour the milk, then the matcha, into the spoon slowly. Add a straw if you'd like and serve cold.

Glass filled with ice chunks, a shot of espresso, creamy milk and matcha.

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Glass filled with ice chunks, a shot of espresso, creamy milk and matcha.

3 Replies to “Matcha Espresso Drink Recipe”

  1. hi heather! i just stumbled across this page a few days ago and i wanted to say good job and keep doing what you’re doing. as a fellow asian-american, some of these recipes are a perfect balance between cultures. i look forward to trying some of them soon! 🙂

    1. thanks naomi!! i like to think that i’m sharing our culture, one milk tea recipe at a time (; glad these resonate with you, and hope you’re having fun with your quarantine cooking!

  2. Samantha Paul says: Reply

    Wow…..This matcha drink looks soo yummy & sound too delicious i will trying to make it few days later for my hubby….Thanks for sharing…..!5 stars

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