Tea Lattes

I am on a mission to be healthier and as a prolific tea drinker I’ve been exploring different types of tea to fit in with my healthier lifestyle. I like teas that actually taste of something, so today I’m talking about tasty tea lattes. Chai, spiced winter red tea and organic matcha all make amazing lattes and these teas are all from an amazing place, teapigs. They make proper tea in a simple, no fuss way, with quality flavours and lovely packaging. The fragrances and tastes are glorious and I’ve had lots of fun making tea lattes so let’s have a look at some recipes.

 Spiced Winter Red Tea Latte

  • Add approx 250ml of soya milk into a saucepan (you could use almond milk, coconut milk or skimmed milk instead),
  • Add two teapigs spiced winter red tea templates into the soya milk and heat gently,
  • After approx 5-8 mins or when the mixture has reached the right temperature for you remove the tea templates and pour the mixture into your mug/glass.

Because this tea contains wonderful flavours from the rooibus, orange peel, gingko leaves, orange blossom, cinnamon, ginseng, cloves and safflower petals, I haven’t needed to add any sugar or sweetener. There is of course the option of popping in a shot of rum which works really well with these flavours. I highly recommend The Kraken, it’s my favourite rum – and a rum tea latte is perfect for the modern pirate.

  Matcha Latte

  • Take 1 sachet of teapigs organic matcha super power green tea and pop it into the bottom of your heat proof glass/mug,
  • Add a small amount of warm water and whisk/mix well,
  • Then add a teaspoon of agave syrup and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and stir,
  • Heat approx 250ml of soya milk gently in a saucepan (you could use almond milk, coconut milk or skimmed milk instead),
  • After approx 5-8 mins or when the soya milk has reached the right temperature for you pour it into your mug/glass.

Matcha can also be enjoyed in cold soya/coconut/almond milk to create an iced latte which is great in the summer. Matcha is a very concentrated form of green tea that’s packed full of essential vitamins and minerals. Because matcha is a fine powder diffused in liquid you actually ingest the whole leaf, consuming every bit of this super power green tea. Matcha gives a slow release of energy, helping to keep you alert and focussed and it also boosts metabolism. Plus this latte tastes incredible, so it’s an absolute winner in my book. You can take the Matcha challenge with teapigs and see how good you feel after 14 days.

matcha latte

Chai Latte

  • Add approx 250ml of soya milk into a saucepan (you could use almond milk, coconut milk or skimmed milk instead),
  • Add two teapigs chai tea templates into the soya milk and heat gently,
  • After approx 5-8 mins or when the mixture has reached the right temperature for you remove the tea templates and pour the mixture into your mug/glass,
  • Add a teaspoon of agave syrup and stir, then sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top.

I’ve used two tea templates in my latte recipes because I like my tea lattes to taste quite strong, but you could just use one. This blend of Assam tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom pods, cardamom seeds and vanilla creates a delicious tea latte. A perfect addition is a shortbread biscuit or one of my dairy free flapjacks as an extra treat, both complement this latte perfectly.

Photographs by Helen Stanley.

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