Cool and refreshing matcha frappe served over ice with all the benefits of premium green tea leaves but decaffeinated to enjoy any time of day.
A foamy, creamy matcha latte is one of the most delicious and antioxidant-rich hot drinks to make and enjoy at home. It certainly is one of my morning favorites to sip after a protein-rich breakfast (so as to not interfere with melatonin production later in the day!).
If you prefer colder drinks or wish to sip something refreshing in the afternoon instead, I recommend trying a decaf matcha frappe.
Using decaf matcha for an afternoon frappe is important because caffeine after about 1-2 pm has the very real potential to disrupt sleep later that evening.
If you are otherwise sensitive to caffeine regardless of the time of day you consume it, then sticking with decaf matcha all the time is advisable.
There aren’t many brands of decaf matcha on the market. Whichever one you choose (this is the brand I use), be sure it is:
- Ceremonial grade (first harvest)
- Japanese origin
- Decaffeinated using the water method rather than chemicals
Decaf Matcha Frappe vs Matcha Frappe
I’ve made matcha frappes with both decaffeinated and regular ceremonial grade matcha, and the good news is that the flavor difference is minimal.
The color of decaf green tea powder is a slightly less vibrant green, however, which probably means it contains fewer antioxidants along with the reduced caffeine content.
One-half teaspoon of decaf matcha contains 2 mg caffeine compared to regular matcha which contains 35 mg caffeine.
So, while decaf matcha is not caffeine-free, the amount is fairly negligible unless you are super sensitive to it.
Have you tried making matcha frappes before? If you are looking for a new and refreshing afternoon beverage to try, I highly recommend it.
Decaf Matcha Frappe
Sift matcha powder into a large mug. Sifting matcha is important as it prevents clumps.
Pour in 1/4 cup hot water and stir to mix well.
Blend sweetener into hot water/matcha tea mixture.
Add one cup cold milk of choice along with 4+ large ice cubes.
Drink and enjoy immediately.
I recommend oat milk as the best tasting dairy-free substitute for a frappe.
If using almond milk, I recommend the plain bottled brands in the refrigerated section of the health food store with no chemicals, synthetic vitamins or sugar added. Do not use almond milk in cartons.
Making your own dairy-free milk is also a great idea as commercial brands are overwhelmingly unhealthy for a variety of reasons.
Do not EVER use soy milk to make a frappe.