Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world and is available in countless different forms. With winter well on its way, it’s time for a little indulgence and comfort. Come with us this week as we explore the world of lattes, but with tea! The ingredients are simple: your favorite blend, some milk, and that’s it! As for the method, read on to find out how to make the perfect tea latte.
Step n°1: Choose your tea
Tea latte is a general term taken from the traditional chai latte. And “chai” means “tea” in Hindi! The Indians enjoy their tea with milk and spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. This particular recipe has remained unchanged for thousands of years, and is adopted by each new generation.
Step n°2: Infuse your tea
After choosing your tea, boil some water, fill up one third of your cup, and leave to infuse. The longer you leave it, the stronger it will be. We recommend between 3 and 4 minutes to release the full aromas of black tea leaves.
Step n°3: Heat and froth the milk
Pour the milk into a saucepan over a low heat to avoid burning. When it starts to steam, take it off the heat. The best way to achieve a thick foam is to use a milk frother, which can be found in stores and online.
Step n°4: Add the milk
Gradually add the milk into your cup of tea until it is almost full to the brim. A good trick is to slowly tilt the saucepan when pouring to keep all the froth inside. After you have added the milk, you can then pour the foam on top to make it into a latte!
Step n°5: Spice up your latte
Express your creativity and decorate your tea latte! Try a pinch of turmeric, a sprinkle of cocoa, or even a cinnamon stick balanced on the edge of the mug. With that little extra inspiration, your tea latte is finally ready!
Bonus: The tea latte revisited
Of course, this recipe can also be adapted to suit your tastes.
If you are lactose intolerant, simply replace the dairy with soy or vanilla almond milk which will subtly flavor your tea.
Looking for a surprising taste sensation? Then make a matcha latte! The recipe is the same but uses matcha, a green tea traditionally grown in Japan. The bright emerald color draws the eye and the distinctive taste will delight your taste buds!
Enjoy! And don’t forget to share your beautiful tea latte creations on Instagram with the #kusmitea hashtag!