A Quick And Easy Guide To Making A Zero Waste Matcha Latte

Matcha is Green Tea Leaves that are ground down into a fine powder, whisked with water and drunk, either just with water or with milk to make a delicious Matcha Latte.

Originally drunk in Japan as part of the traditional Tea Ceremony, its popularity is growing globally thanks to its delicious taste as well as being a powerhouse of antioxidants for the health conscious.


Matcha as a Coffee Alternative

Matcha Tea Vs Coffee
Matcha also makes an excellent coffee swap, as the caffeine found within is absorbed by the body gradually over several hours, unlike coffee that gives short sharp bursts of energy and then dips, causing you to crave more.


Related: The Eco-Friendly Way of Making Matcha Green Tea at Home


Plastic Free Matcha Powder

Matcha powder comes either loose in packets/tins and you can also get it in teabag form. Regarding the latter, it is hard to know what tea bags are plastic free these days (sadly a lot do contain plastic!) so it’s best to avoid this option.  Our recommendation is to enjoy Matcha in its purest form, that is, a loose powder.

Considering Matcha is a natural product, to begin with (especially true if you’re selecting Organic Matcha), why tarnish it by housing it in a plastic tea bag or plastic packaging?

Matcha Green Tea
The good news is, there are now Matcha Tea brands out there providing a zero-waste solution to enjoying plastic-free tea, offering Matcha in fully home compostable packaging.
For the eco-conscious consumer, it’s reassuring to know that you can still enjoy a tasty treat like Matcha which is both good for you and Mother Earth.

Once you’ve got yourself some Matcha Powder, how do you turn it into a delicious drink to enjoy?

Let’s take you through a foolproof way to create a zero waste matcha latte at home.

Matcha Latte


Related: Zero Waste Cooking: a Simple Guide to Eliminating Food Waste.


Zero Waste Matcha Latte Recipe


  • ½ teaspoon of Matcha
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup of milk (soy, coconut, oat or almond milk are all great vegan options)
  • honey or maple syrup (if vegan) – optional


  1. Push ½ teaspoon of Matcha through a tea sieve into a cup to make sure the powder is extra fine.
    2. Add ¼ cup water to Matcha and blend with a whisk to dissolve the powder.
    3. Heat 1 cup of milk of your choice (soy, coconut, oat or almond milk are all great vegan options) on the stove or milk frother
    4. Add heated milk to the Matcha/water
    5. Use a sweetener of your choice (optional) eg. honey or maple syrup (if vegan)
    6. Sprinkle with a dusting of extra Matcha powder if desired

Check out this easy video here on how to make a Matcha Latte:


Erin Lindwall

Matcha Yu Tea

Unashamedly obsessed with Matcha Green Tea from our many trips to Japan, our mission is to help others enjoy the many health benefits of regularly drinking delicious Japanese Matcha while looking after our environment by offering eco-friendly home compostable packaging.

Explore our platform to find food & drinks in plastic-free packaging.





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