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10 Ways to Sweeten Your Matcha Green Tea

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 10 Ways to Sweeten Your Matcha Green Tea 

How do you sweeten your matcha green tea? Whether you have a tried-and-true method or you're new to enjoying this beverage altogether, it's worth giving all of the different options a try.

There’s a kind of simplicity in tea, with the tradition being "add water" and trusting that the flavor profile matches the imagination. However, as I’ve fallen in love with tea, there’s a shocking variation in taste profiles. As the tea market continues to grow, there are all sorts of tips and tricks out there to alter the taste of your tea.

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Matcha stands out in the world of taste profiles.

Ever tried a cha-soba sushi roll? Yes, it contains matcha.

How about a matcha cupcake with pistachios?

As much as I’d like to think I understand the world of matcha generally, I’m constantly presented with new mixes and uses for matcha. It’s even more surprising considering that matcha comes from the same leaves as its green tea brother, gyokuro! While I have yet to try nitro matcha cold brew, it sounds delicious.

I want to review 10 ways you can sweeten your matcha drink specifically, and hopefully, you can continue experiencing what the world of matcha has to offer:

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10 Ways to Sweeten your Matcha Green Tea

1. Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

We Canadians thrive on maple syrup. We kind of have to put it in our matcha. Maple syrup slightly alters the original flavor of matcha and contains 260 calories per 100g. However, it’s readily available as a sweetener. And honestly… who doesn’t enjoy maple syrup?

(By the way, if you're new to matcha, start with this post to learn the basics!)

2. Stevia


Stevia is common, very common. In fact, chances are you’ve heard about it through various everyday drinks and its commercial uses. Stevia is a natural, zero-calorie sweetener known in part for its bitterness but also for its limited aftertaste. It’s considered a direct sugar substitute.

Stevia, in this respect, does not take away the flavor matcha has to provide. It simply elevates and matches matcha’s subtleness.

3. Light Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

There are many different matcha sweeteners available. However, only a select few offer a sweet yet floral and nutty flavor. While light coconut milk simply contains more water than its regular sibling, it can be a healthier alternative and act as a somewhat powerful sweetener.

4. Macadamia Nut Milk

Macadamia Milk

I’m a huge fan of macadamia nuts and the flavors that can be extracted from them. Macadamia nut milk is pleasantly thick and smooth. It’s known for its richer, nuttier, and butterier flavor. It has similarities with almond milk; however, it tends to have a stronger flavor profile.

5. Agave Syrup

agave syrup

I first came across agave syrup while living in Japan, and its sweetness surprised me. However, it’s very sweet—even sweeter than sugar. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t mix it with your matcha! In fact, it’s a common matcha sweetener.

Agave syrups have several variations, with darker agave syrups having a stronger caramel flavor while lighter flavors have a milder and almost neutral composition.


Adding honey to matcha

6. Coconut Sugar

coconut sugar

This is perhaps one of the less commonly used ways to sweeten your matcha on the list, but coconut sugar is subtly sweet. It comes across as brown sugar not only in appearance but also in flavor and sweetness.

If you’re looking to try something different with a faux caramel-like distinction, coconut sugar fits your matcha on many different levels.

7. Apple "Honey"

Apple and Honey

This is perhaps one of the less commonly used ways to sweeten your matcha on the list, but coconut sugar is subtly sweet. It comes across as brown sugar not only in appearance but also in flavor and sweetness.

If you’re looking to try something different with a faux caramel-like distinction, coconut sugar fits your matcha on many different levels.

8. Medjool Dates

Medjool Date

One of the more unique items available on this list of Medjool dates is a fresh fruit with a strong yet rich and caramel-like taste. Relatively high in calories, they also tend to be high in antioxidants and great for general digestion. They should be blended down before adding to your matcha and enjoyed as a subtle sweetener. They can also be used to create date syrup.

9. Date SugarDate Sugar

As much as I enjoy maple syrup, butterscotch is right up there. Date sugar, being as unique as it is, offers a notable butterscotch-like flavor. It also happens to contain many of the benefits of medjool dates, given that it’s not far off in terms of composition. It’s nonetheless another unique option for one’s matcha.

10. Monk Fruit

Monk Fruit

Along with stevia and xylitol, monk fruit is a zero-calorie sweetener option available on the market. Another particular sweet option, it also contains zero sugar and zero carbohydrates, surprisingly enough. It’s known partly for its antioxidants; however, it can be too sweet for some people, and it’s not the most available item on this list.

And the Classic Way to Sweeten your Matcha Green Tea...

Soy Milk Matcha

Soy milk: As one of the more subtle sweeteners, it’s high in protein content and contains vitamin A, B-12, potassium, and calcium. Being plant-based, soy milk can have a bean-like or chalk-like taste; however, there are many options available that many consumers can likely find the best fit for their matcha.

While this list stops at 10 ways to sweeten your matcha, there are many more. The beautiful thing is that matcha is the vehicle to expand what flavors work for you.

Whether you’re thinking of enjoying a matcha tea latte, simply matcha with water, or anything in between, there are more than enough tasty and enjoyable options to surprise you. Go ahead—try them all and report back to let us know what your favorite is!

Latte in a Cup

How Do You Sweeten your Matcha Green Tea? Take the Poll at Green Tea Club Facebook Group

We did a poll in our Green Tea Club Private Facebook Group, and here are snapshots of what people like. Join our Private Facebook Group to participate in the future poll. It is fun! Click here to join.

Facebook Group Poll - which sweeter do you like for teaFacebook Group Poll - which sweeter do you like

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