A while back we introduced the essential utensils for preparing matcha the traditional way, and today we are going to explore the tools necessary to make European style beverages using matcha. Before we get started, I just want to share a little story on how the name Chalait came about.
A few people have asked about the name Chalait (pronounced like "chalet") and what it means. The truth is that it's a somewhat whimsical little name that my fiancé and I came up with when we first started thinking about the concept. Our concept came about back when we tasted matcha on a trip to Japan and thought it was a beautiful drink. We wanted to present it in a westernized setting and it was going to be the sole focus of our concept. To that end we played around with various iterations and combinations of tea/milk/health etc. in various languages and eventually came across the combination of Cha (tea in Japanese) and Lait (milk in French). Being avid snowboarders this combination instantly caught our attention as the name reminded us of a ski chalet where we've spent many snowy weekends together. And just like that, the name Chalait was born!
Matcha latte is very easy to make, all you need to do is add steamed milk to the already made matcha tea. Here's the recipe we are going to follow: matcha latte. The essential utensils are required for preparing the shot of matcha for our latte. For the hot steamed milk, you could heat up the milk in the microwave or over the stove top. If you have an espresso machine with a steam wand, this would be ideal to use for making nice and frothy steamed milk.
Another inexpensive tool that I like to use for frothing milk is the Aerolatte Milk Frother. It operates on two AA batteries to quickly froth milk, and does not rely on steam. It's small size makes it highly portable and easy to store, and is especially great for frothing individual cups.
Speaking of milk, we have many options to choose from: almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, cow's milk, goat's milk... They all bring different nutritional values and flavor profiles to the latte. You can choose any milk based on dietary needs and/or taste preference. I recently participated in a cow's milk tasting and here are some whole milk winners for me: Battenkill Valley Creamery from upstate New York and Organic Valley if you prefer organic.
Next time instead of your morning cup of coffee, wake up with a matcha latte and set yourself up for a great start to your day!