We thought we’d put matcha and turmeric lattes to the test. They seem to be making an appearance on many menus at cafes and coffee shops across the country. We thought we’d test them both before considering them for our menu.
Matcha and turmeric lattes have become more popular by the growing popularity of ‘clean-eating’. With so many people, such as Deliciously Ella and Hemsley and Hemsley, becoming more and more well-known for their ‘healthy’ recipes and drinks, head barista Niall decided to try some of the coffee alternatives which are out there.
Matcha lattes are made from matcha powder. This is a concentrated version of green tea. It is claimed that having just one cup of matcha green tea gives you the same health benefits as ten cups of normal green tea. A few of the suggested health benefits include, boosting your metabolism and therefore burning calories, calming the mind and even preventing disease, amongst many other claims.
Obviously all these health benefits sound great, but, as a barista, what Niall was looking for was foremost the taste, along with how easy the ingredient was to work with and if it was appealing to the rest of the senses.
Matcha’s tasting notes consist of an earthy vegetal taste, followed by a sweetness; said sweetness we certainly did not receive after tasting. The earthy taste was overpowering with every recipe we sampled and it seemed additives could be it’s only savior.
As well as taste, the presentation of the drinks we serve is a crucial factor. The latte art we add to all of our milky beverages was tougher than usual, and it’s distinct dark green colour is more than enough to turn a lot of people away.
Turmeric lattes are made with the spice turmeric (obviously), which is often used in traditional Indian recipes to give flavour and colour to different dishes. Just like matcha, there are many claims about the health benefits that turmeric lattes give the individual. It is said to be an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and can help with alleviating depression.
Similar to matcha, turmeric has tasting notes that we wouldn’t normally associate with hot drinks. It has the aroma of a mix of oranges and ginger, but becomes pungent and bitter when tasted. This drink, especially, was something we were wary about before tasting because of its consistent use as a spice in food.
Although it may have been completely psychological, the Matcha latte did give a sense of health that didn’t seem to arise from the turmeric latte.
All we received from tasting this drink was confirmation of its absurdity.
So, although the health benefits sound fantastic, they were compromised completely by their lack of desirable flavour.
Conclusion: Matcha and Turmeric Lattes
Both the matcha and turmeric lattes, despite their health benefits haven’t got the flavour, appeal or consistency we are looking for at Baltzersen’s. We went into this experiment open-minded and eager to find out the hype around these strange drinks, but we won’t be adding them to our menu any time soon!
To make both the matcha and turmeric lattes we made a paste with each powder and boiling water. We then steamed milk and poured like a normal latte. If you would like some more accessible recipes visit Deliciously Ella for matcha lattes and The Guardian for turmeric lattes.