It is often thought that coffee and tea—and the people who drink them—exist on opposite sides of the spectrum. One brilliant creation challenges this notion, combining the best of both worlds into one eye-catching treat: Starbucks’ Matcha & Espresso Fusion Teavana™ handcrafted beverage.

Made with matcha, milk, and and a shot of espresso poured on top right before the barista hands you your drink, each component forms a distinct layer and transitions into the next layer as they meet—resulting in an ombre-colored treat that’s become a hit with today’s visuals-loving generation and their social media feeds. Mixing the drink with the straw marries the earthiness of the tea, the robust bitterness of espresso, and the creaminess of the milk, resulting in a surprisingly complex-tasting (and doubly-caffeinated) but comforting drink. A cup, however, will set you back by at least PHP 155 for the smallest (“tall”) size—and that’s without any of the coffee chain’s pastries to nibble on the side.

Be sure to bring out the reusable metal straw for this one.

But this drink is dead-easy to make at home—it’s best if you’ve got a good machine that can give you a shot of espresso, even the powdered stuff dissolved in water works in a pinch. With that, plus a few other ingredients—milk, matcha powder, and a clear glass if you must take document it for Instagram (though really, any tall cup will do), you’re roughly ten minutes away from sipping away on your own Teavana drink. And because you can do it from your very own kitchen, you can enjoy the drink in your comfiest set of PJ’s while hogging all the seats you want and for however long you please—nobody’s gonna judge.


Matcha & Espresso Fusion Teavana

Yield: 1 serving
Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup matcha powder
  • ⅓ cup water, warm
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • ½ cup milk, full cream
  • 1-2 shots espresso

Procedure

  1. In a glass, mix together matcha powder and warm water.
  2. Add ice cubes.
  3. Add milk.
  4. Pour over espresso.
  5. Serve immediately.


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