If you know me well, you know that I love coffee as much as I love green tea. My hardest decision every morning is to decide if I should pour myself a cup of green tea or coffee – what a joyful morning I have! I enjoy learning about both coffee and tea, so now, I roast my own coffee and have a green tea company.
I always try to come up with a way to make my tea better with techniques from coffee or vice versa.
Here is a discovery from one of my little trials: using coffee creamer for matcha. Putting creamer in my matcha dishes when my friends come over i one of my favorite, little secret recipes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
What is Coffee Creamer?
First of all, what is coffee creamer?
Coffee creamer, for the most part, comes from cows but has a higher butterfat content than regular milk. After a cow’s milk is taken, the butterfat is separated using a device called a separator to separate out the content of milk into higher or lower butterfat. Creamer is the result of this process.
Historic Milk Separator
Creamer generally contains 18-30% butterfat whereas regular milk contains 2% or 1%. Similarly, whole milk has 3-4% butterfat whereas non-fat has 0.5%.
For instance, if you pick up 2% milk at your grocery store, 2% is the content of butterfat, creamer has 18-30% of butterfat, and half-and-half has 10-18% of butterfat which is what I use below to make homemade creamer.
Coffee creamer is essentially processed (see next section below) milk with higher buttermilk content with the mixture of other ingredients.
Let’s see how you can make your own.
Make Your Own Homemade Creamer
If you plan to make your own coffee creamer recipe, a simple recipe is all you need to stir up a batch of fresh creamer. All you will need is:
- 2 cups of Half-and-half
- ¼ cup Maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
Combine the half-and-half with maple syrup in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over low heat. When the mixture starts to warm through, remove it from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Allow the mixture to cool for five minutes. Once cooled, you can store the fresh homemade creamer in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Substitute to Your Liking
Instead of half-and-half or canned condensed milk, you can mix a cup of boiling water, 6 tablespoons of butter, 2 cups of non-fat dairy powder, and 1 cup of any artificial sweetener. Because the ingredients and ratios are not written in stone, you can play around with the ratios until you achieve your perfect taste.
Now, let’s see how you can use this homemade creamer in your matcha drinks!
A Touch of Chai Spices
A matcha chai latte is a terrific drink that you can enjoy as both a summer or winter drink. For your chai spice blend, whisk 3 teaspoons of ground ginger, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, and a teaspoon each of ground cloves, allspice, and cardamom. Warm 1 cup of homemade creamer in a saucepan; add a teaspoon of the chai spices and a teaspoon of powdered green matcha tea. Heat until it has just about to boil. After removing from heat, strain the mixture into a mug. Proceed to enjoy your drink.
Aside from matcha, the other ingredients can be substituted with other favorable items. Soy or coconut milk can replace almond milk while maple syrup or honey can replace the vanilla extract. The whisk can also be substituted with an electric mixer, a blender or simply shaking the mixture in an airtight vessel.
The iced matcha green tea latte is probably the most common. To begin, pour 2 ounces of homemade creamer and add half a teaspoon of green matcha powder. Using a whisk, stir until the powder dissolves. Proceed to add three teaspoons of sugar or any sugar substitute to your liking; you can adjust the sugar to suit your needs. Add ice cubes and enjoy your drink.
For a mint matcha latte, add about 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract to the mixture before the sweetener. You can also add ¼ cup of non-dairy milk for extra cream.
(See my other article for a full article about Matcha Latte)
Matcha Tea Smoothies
Matcha tea smoothies allow you to play around with fruits and other juices for a tastier and healthier matcha. Blend 1 cup of homemade creamer, a teaspoon of powdered matcha tea, 1 cup of ice cubes, and a tablespoon of honey or sugar. Once it is smooth, pour it into a glass and enjoy. You can also add ¼ cup of blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries for a fruity taste. Feel free to try out other fruits for your tea like mangos, bananas, pineapples.
Alternatively, you can blend ½ cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of homemade creamer, almond or soymilk and a teaspoon of powdered matcha tea.
(See my other article for a full article about Matcha Smoothie)
Laced with Chocolate
You might also fancy a hot matcha chocolate. Whisk 2 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder and two ounces of homemade creamer. Warm 1 cup of almond milk and slowly add a tablespoon of high-quality chocolate over low heat. Once the chocolate has melted completely, pour it into a cup and add the matcha. Cinnamon or honey would also be good additions, though they’re optional.
Gone are the days when matcha green tea was only a mixture of hot water and probably a sweetener. You can now get creative in your own kitchen and whip up this fresh and delicious creamer for your matcha green tea or everyday coffee. Enjoy the taste while you harness the tremendous health benefits without all the preservatives of store-bought creamers.
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