WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR HOT MATCHA DRINKS CUSTOMERS WILL REQUEST?
Similarly to the iced drinks, the majority of your hot matcha beverages will be hot matcha lattes or matcha latte variations with vanilla, cinnamon, turmeric or other added flavors (80%+). Hot matcha teas and green eyes are common as well.
IS IT BETTER TO MAKE HOT MATCHA DRINKS WITH A BOWL & WHISK OR A SHAKER?
For hot matcha drinks use the round bottom bowl, whisk and hot water (under 180 degrees) to make your matcha shot for best results. For quickest preparation time, use the shaker bottle with room temperature water.
HOW SHOULD WE MAKE HOT MATCHA LATTES?
To start, grab the mug or to-go cup you’ll be serving in. If it’s a round-bottom mug that you can mix in using the whisk, then add the hot water to the mug, add 1 tsp Tenzo matcha & mix it thoroughly using the bamboo whisk to make your matcha shot. If you’re pouring into a narrow-bottom cup/mug like a standard 12oz hot to-go cup, it’s much easier to pre-make your shot using the shaker bottle or in a round-bottom bowl, & pour it into the bottom of the cup pre-mixed because, unless you have very small hands, it’s difficult to get enough space to mix in the bottom of hot to-go cups.
YOUR MATCHA IS UNSWEETENED - WHEN SHOULD WE ADD SWEETENERS WHEN CUSTOMERS ASK?
Once the matcha shot is added to the cup or mug, mix in sweeteners or flavorings then steam up your milk of choice. Pour the steamed milk over the top of the matcha shot and create your art. The sweeteners or flavorings should mix in just fine in hot matcha lattes, but you can always give it a quick swirl if you want to make sure.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A HOT MATCHA TEA IN JUST WATER?
If you’re making a matcha hot tea in just water, think of this like an americano and use the hot water (less than 180 degrees) as a base and pour the matcha shot over the top. Adding sweeteners/flavoring to this is super easy because they’ll dissolve and mix in quickly in the hot liquid.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A HOT GREEN EYE AND MAKE IT LOOK AWESOME? (INSTAGRAM-ABILITY IS A REAL THING THESE DAYS)
For a hot Green Eye (matcha latte with added espresso), there are two popular ways to make it. The first is to make a matcha shot and pull an espresso shot. Pour them both into the bottom of the mug/to-go cup side by side (don’t mix them together). Steam up your milk of choice and pour it over the top of the two shots. If you kept the two shots semi-separate in the mug, you’ll get a beautiful display of vibrant green and earthy browns in your latte art. If they mixed together too much beforehand, your green eye will come out looking a little muddy, so try to pour them gently in the beginning #forthegram. The second way to pour a hot green eye is to steam up the milk with matcha powder added to the milk. Most steamers are strong enough to mix the powder thoroughly and many skip the matcha mixing step when they make these all together because the steamer does the heavy lifting for them. This process produces bright green milk that is poured directly over the top of an espresso shot making a beautiful contrast of the brown and green, which is very unique because no white milk will be visible.
MIXING AND MATCH(A)ING
We love to encourage others to try new matcha green tea recipes. Our partners and communi-tea members have gotten extremely creative in the past and it make our jobs SO MUCH FUN!