Field Tested | Salted Caramel Matcha Latte

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A recent blog post from Portland General Store inspired this supercharged treat. Soooo good we had to share so, ladies and gentlemen, the Matcha Latte...

Unlike traditional green tea, matcha preparation involves covering the tea plants with shade cloths before they’re harvested. This triggers the growth of leaves with better flavor and texture, which are hand selected, steamed briefly to stop fermentation, then dried and aged in cold storage, which deepens the flavor. Afterwards, the dried leaves are then stone-ground into a fine powder.

Because, technically, the whole leaves are ingested, matcha is a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea. In addition to providing small amounts of vitamins and minerals, matcha is rich in powerful antioxidants. And matcha aficionados say that compared to the caffeine buzz from coffee, matcha creates an “alert calm” due to a natural substance it contains called l-theanine, which induces relaxation without drowsiness. 

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Searching for the perfect sauce? We suggest using Coop's All-Natural Salted Caramel Sauce for this recipe (and just about anything else). Underneath the drippy wax seal is a decadent, all-natural treat waiting to be drizzled.  With hints of browned butter, toasted sugar and vanilla bean, this ultra rich delicacy will soon be a new favorite indulgence. 

Matcha Layer:
-1 Tbs matcha powder
-1 tsp vanilla bean 
-2 tbsp coconut sugar 
-1 1/2 cup coconut milk
-1 1/2 cup ice

Coconut Milk Layer:
-1 cup coconut milk 

Salted Caramel Layer:
- 4 tbsp salted caramel sauce
- 2 - 3 cups ice

Directions (makes two servings):
1) Place the matcha layer ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Set aside.
2) Add 2 tablespoons of salted caramel sauce to each glass, and add ice to fill glass.
3) Pour 1/2 cup of coconut milk into each glass.
4) Top with the matcha layer in equal amounts for each glass.

5) Enjoy!
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