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How to Make a $2 Matcha Latte 🍡✨

Ahhh yes… my absolute favorite drink, the matcha latte! In this blog post, I’ll show you how to make a $2 matcha latte at home and where to use those savings. Matcha is my go-to drink because of the balanced effects of caffeine and L-theanine; it energizes and wakes you up without the crash and anxiety, thanks to the L-theanine. It’s rich in antioxidants and catechins to help fight disease and improve your focus. It’s my favorite way to start my morning and drink to sip on while working on a blog post. Nothing beats an iced matcha with some bossa nova jazz to start the day πŸ˜‡.

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What You’ll Need:

Matcha Powder: $1.30 per tsp

My current favorite matcha is the Naoki Matcha Powder, which costs only $1.30 per tsp! It has a beautiful vibrant green color and is subtly sweet and earthy. This is a high-quality matcha powder that isn’t bitter at all, and its quality stays consistent with every repurchase I’ve made. First, measure 1 tsp of matcha and sift it through a strainer over a bowl.

Hot water: < $0.01 per ml

matcha bamboo whisk in chasen bowl

Next, boil water in a kettle or on the stovetop until it reaches a temperature of 75 degrees Celsius. Once it reaches that temperature, add about 30 ml (1 oz) of water to the matcha. Use a bamboo whisk or electric frother to mix the matcha and water until clumps are no longer visible. I like to use zig-zag motions or draw M’s or W’s when using a bamboo whisk.

The temperature of the water is crucial for the best flavor experience. Too hot, and you will turn the matcha bitter and destroy its antioxidants. The right temperature allows the matcha to bloom and unlock its flavor profile. I like to use this kettle to boil my water to 75 degrees Celsius. You can boil water anywhere between 70 to 80 degrees, depending on the brand’s instructions and whether you are making a hot or iced drink.

Honey: $0.18 per tbsp

Add about one tablespoon of honey into the matcha and whisk until thoroughly combined. I like to use raw honey for the health benefits and like to think it helps reduce my allergies. Raw honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the matcha and balances the entire drink.

Milk: $0.70 per cup

asian woman pouring whisked matcha from chasan into glass of milk

Get a separate glass or tumbler and add ice to it. Use whatever milk you like. I love oatmilk with mine. Pour about 8oz of milk into the cup. Then pour over your matcha and stir it with a straw until it becomes a light jade green color! Voila you are done! Enjoy your $2 iced matcha latte πŸ˜„

Here’s the breakdown of making your matcha at home:

  • Matcha powder: $1.30 per tsp
  • Hot water: <$0.01 per ml
  • Honey: $0.18 per tbsp
  • Milk: $0.70 per cup

Total: ~$2 matcha latte

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The Cost Savings

matcha comparison table for cost savings analysis making at home versus at a coffeeshop

As you can see, you can save a ton of money just by making your matcha latte at home assuming you drink matcha at least 5 times a week. Over the course of a year, making it at home can save you over $1000! Whereas buying a matcha at a coffeeshop for a year equates to $1500 alone! This helps keep the perspective of mindful spending and that little habits do add up over time 🌼. Matcha is super easy to make and can be incorporated easily to your morning routine.

What do I do with my Extra $1000?

Invest

If you invested that $1000 each year into the S&P 500, that $1000 could turn into $40,000 in 20 years assuming an average market return of 7%. The S&P 500 is a collection of the top 500 U.S. public companies. Index funds that track the S&P 500 include SWPPX, VOO, SPY, and EVV. If you are a lazy or passive investor, index funds are a safe choice that allow you to let your money grow over time, with an average 5-year return of 15.5%.

Pay Debt

According to a study by Money, the average American owes almost $23,000. Just by cutting out buying matcha and making it at home instead, you can put $1000 towards paying off your debt! Combine this with other money-saving techniques and better spending habits, and you will be able to pay down even more debt! Baby steps towards financial freedom!

Save

Don’t know what to do with that extra $1000? Make that money grow in a high yield savings account (HYSA). A high-yield savings account (HYSA) earns 10x more in interest than a regular savings account. I like to use my HYSA as my emergency fund. An emergency fund is an account where you save up for any kind of emergencies, like medical bills, accidents, or losing your job. After one year, considering the average HYSA interest rate of 5%, that $1000 will have earned $50 just for sitting there!

Side Hustle

Have you been dreaming about earning more money and starting a business? Use that $1000 to invest into a side hustle or business. Whether that’s starting a blog, a petsitting service, or online store, you can start it today! I am a big proponent of having multiple streams of income and never putting all your eggs in the same basket. It’s important to diversify your income and investments to mitigate risk and prepare for any worst-case scenarios. You never know what might happen, but you’ll be glad you started that side hustle!

Final Thoughts

Making your own matcha latte at home for $2 is not only simple and cost-effective but also a delightful way to enjoy your favorite drink every day. By saving money on your daily latte, you can invest in your financial future, pay off debt, or even start a new business venture. Small changes in your daily routine can lead to significant savings and open up new opportunities. So, why not start today? Enjoy your homemade matcha latte and make the most of the money you save! πŸŒ±πŸ’Έ

Thank you for reading, and happy sipping! 😊

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