Dirty Matcha Latte Recipe

May 3, 2024 | Coffee Recipes

Written By: Millie Pham
Last Updated: May 3, 2024

Dirty matcha latte is a game-changer for us matcha lovers, especially when you're after that perfect harmony of green tea and espresso.

I've tried this recipe with a twist—adding a dash of vanilla extract for an extra layer of comfort.

In this article, I'll walk you through each step to make this refined yet straightforward drink, ensuring you can whip up this energizing, soul-soothing beverage anytime the craving hits.

What is dirty matcha latte?

What is a dirty matcha latte? Simply put, it's a drink that combines the best of both worlds: matcha and coffee.

You get the vibrant green color of matcha powder mixed with the strong kick of espresso. This matcha espresso fusion creates a unique beverage that's both energizing and flavorful.

It's a simple yet delightful twist on your regular coffee routine.

How to make dirty matcha latte at home

Dirty matcha latte Ingredients:

  • Matcha Tea Powder: We start with 1 teaspoon of this finely ground, vibrant green tea powder.
  • Hot Water: Just 30 ml of hot water, not quite boiling.
  • Espresso Shot: A roughly one shot is added for that deep coffee flavor.
  • Milk: Choose any milk you like, dairy or non-dairy, and add about 8 ounces to create a creamy texture. Soy, oat and almond milk are great alternatives for those who prefer them.
  • Sweetener: Whether it's sugar, honey, or agave, you decide how sweet to go.
  • Ice Cubes: For those who love chilled drinks, toss in a few ice cubes to make an iced dirty matcha latte.


  • Matcha whisk or regular whisk
  • Bowl
  • Espresso machine
  • Milk frother (optional)

How To Make Dirty Matcha Latte 


Step 1: Brew the espresso

Use your favorite espresso machine—whatever you have at home will do the trick. I'm using my trusty Staresso Mirage to pull a single shot for my dirty match latte.

For a single shot, you'll typically need about 7 grams of coffee and 30 ml of water, yielding about 30 ml of espresso.

Don't worry if you don't have an espresso machine.

A French press can be your backup. It's not the same, but it can still brew strong coffee, perfect for a dirty matcha latte. Just let your coffee steep a little longer to achieve the rich flavor we're after.

Don't worry if you don't have an espresso machine. A French press can be your backup. It's not the same, but it can still brew strong coffee, perfect for a dirty matcha latte. Let your coffee steep a little longer to achieve the rich flavor we're after.

Or, if you're in a pinch, grab a Starbucks canned espresso. It's quick, easy, and gets the job done when you're craving that dirty matcha latte without the fuss.

Step 2: Prepare the Matcha

First things first: soak your bamboo whisk in warm water. This practical step softens the bristles for a smoother mix and helps maintain your whisk.

Sift 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into a bowl to avoid lumps. Then, pour 30 ml of warm water at 170 degrees Fahrenheit for the perfect matcha temperature.

Now, whisk it up. Use a "W" or "M" motion until the matcha is fully dissolved and a frothy layer appears on top.

This technique is straightforward but essential for creating a smooth matcha base for your latte.


If you want a hint of sweetness, once you've whisked your matcha into a frothy delight, add a few drops of vanilla extract in your matcha. It's a simple way to add a cozy flavor.

Step 3: Froth the Milk

Now, let's warm up the milk.

For the perfect dirty matcha latte, you'll want to heat your milk until it's hot to the touch, around 150 to 155 degrees Fahrenheit.

That's the sweet spot where it's warm enough to froth but not boiling. You can warm it up on the stove, keeping a close eye, or pop it in the microwave for a short burst.

Got a milk frother? Perfect!

Use it to whip the milk until it's nice and creamy, with plenty of foam on top.

No frother? No problem.

You can still get that froth by whisking by hand or shaking the milk in a jar with all your might.

Just a little effort for that perfect frothy top on your dirty matcha latte.

Step 4: Making a Dirty Matcha Latte

Alright, let's whip up a dirty matcha latte. Start by pouring your prepared matcha into a cup. If you're going for an iced latte, now's the time to add those ice cubes.

They'll chill the matcha and get it ready for the next layers.

Next, pour that frothy milk over the ice and matcha. Watch as it creates a cool, creamy mix.

The last step is the best part—gently pour the espresso over the back of a spoon for a clear layer on top of the milk.

It'll float over the milk and slowly mix in, giving you that beautiful, marbled 'dirty' effect.

Stir it up if you like everything blended, or let the layers sit for a bit of an art show in your cup.

If desired, sprinkle a little matcha powder on top for garnish and serve!

Millie Pham

Hi there! I'm Millie Pham, a devoted brewer and tea lover at heart. As the founder of Bean Leaf Cup, my mission is to share my tea and coffee expertise with you all. I firmly believe that creating a fantastic cup of tea or coffee should be easy for everyone. No matter if you're already a coffee or tea expert or just beginning your journey, I'm here to help you navigate the world of brewing. Welcome aboard!

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