If you follow social media trends, you’ve probably already heard of dalgona coffee and its alternative matcha drink. Both look incredible in sheer double-wall glasses. But are they as tasty as they are pretty? And which one tastes better? Let’s take a closer look at what is matcha dalgona.
For all those who do not drink coffee, this will become the ultimate whipped drink to enjoy in their free time.
What Is Matcha?
If you have not tried matcha yet, what are you waiting for? Everybody should try it at least once to know this unique taste. After all, it is the favorite drink of the youth! Join the matcha club.
Matcha is a type of green tea. It is made of young green leaves that are ground into green powder. Thus, you are drinking tea leaves and not “tea broth.” This powder is whisked in hot water to create a creamy texture.
These green leaves are grown on bushes kept in the shade to enrich the leaves in chlorophyll. Traditionally, matha leaves are handpicked. Then, the workers remove stems and veins. Later, they should grind them with granite stones, but the majority of modern brands use automated technologies for that.
As we drink whole leaves, it is essential to ensure that they are rich in nutrients. If appropriately grown in the shade, such leaves contain more chlorophyll, catechin, but also caffeine.
Studies show that regular consumption of green tea regulates blood pressure. In addition, a 2011 study links green tea to lower levels of LDL cholesterol.
Among the anecdotal benefits is its usefulness for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and weight loss.
Compared to the regular green tea, matcha offers a more expensive premium experience, though.
How to Whip Matcha
According to the enthusiasts’ reviews, there are four main methods of making dalgona matcha: just regular matcha, with eggs, chickpea liquid, and whipped cream. The fluffy matcha whip is then placed on cold or hot milk.
This is the simplest way to make that matcha fluff. Just whisk it with hot water. However, this is not the most effective way. It is hard to get the right consistency of a green cloud when whipped without additional ingredients. To avoid lumps, sift it through a strainer before adding water.
An alternative that would make the color pop is adding milk instead of water. This way, the drink will have a bright color.
It is recommended to whip matcha with a mixer. By hand, you can hardly achieve fluffy results.
A more effective way to prepare dalgona matcha is by adding egg whites to the mix. They will create a merengue to keep it puffy. After you whip eggs and make a nice fluffy texture, add matcha powder and stir carefully for smooth color.
An important note: raw eggs carry bacteria and may pose a danger to your health. As an alternative, buy pasteurized eggs in a shop.
With Whipped Cream
An alternative ingredient is whipped cream. You can mix heavy cream and matcha powder in a bowl and beat the mix for 3-5 minutes to get peaks. Instead of the regular heavy cream for whipping, you can use coconut cream and get dalgona matcha peaks just as good.
With Chickpea Liquid
If you have leftover chickpea liquid, it can be your perfect matcha base for vegans. Follow the same rules as if combining matcha with water.
All these ways of creating fluffy matcha are the basis for dalgona. Alone, they will be bitter and leafy. To make the drink tasty, sweeteners, spices, and other ingredients are needed. Learn to customize your dalgona matcha beverage in the following section.
Dalgona Matcha Recipes
Vanilla Sugary Matcha
- 3-4 tsp matcha powder
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 1 cup milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
1. Mix sugar, water, and vanilla extract in a saucepan. Melt sugar and simmer for a couple of minutes on low heat. Leave it to cool
2. Whip heavy cream
3. Add half of the sugar mixture to cream and whip for 2 minutes. Regulate the sweetness by adding more syrup.
4. Add matcha powder and whip to 30 seconds.
5. Take a cup of your choice, add milk (either hot or iced) for half a cup, and scoop whipped matcha atop.
Coconut Matcha (Vegan-Friendly)
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2-3 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp matcha powder
- 1 cup soy milk
- peppermint extract
First of all, let’s create a coconut whip for this vegan matcha latte.
- Mix the top creamy layer of chilled coconut milk in a bowl with 2 tbsp of powdered sugar.
- Whip the cream from low to fast speed. Put it in a fridge to cool it.
When you are ready for a cup of dalgona matcha:
- Add matcha powder to the whipped coconut mixture and whip with 30-60 seconds or until it’s smooth and fluffy.
- Add a few drops of mint extract for a unique flavor.
- Pour hot or iced milk in a glass.
- Scoop matcha fluff and place atop.
- Sprinkle with additional matcha powder.
This recipe was provided by Kathy Pataki.
The basic matcha recipes taste like sweetened and creamy green tea. You can easily regulate the sweetness of any drink by adding more or less sugar.
To customize the beverage, you can use flavored substitutes (strawberry or chocolate milk) or add delicious fruity extracts.
Whipped matcha will become the ultimate trendy drink that you can proudly share on Instagram.
Is Matcha Good for Everybody?
Matcha is a generally healthy drink and has few restrictions. However, it is high in caffeine. Thus, if you have caffeine-related restrictions, you better avoid matcha for the time.
Matcha may have adverse effects on pregnancy. One cup is not a big deal, but do not drink it regularly.
How much matcha per day can you drink? A healthy adult can safely consume up to 400mg of caffeine a day. This takes up around 5 cups of matcha a day.
And what dalgona latte would you also like to try? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!