I quit drinking coffee two months ago. As hard as it was to give up my morning java addiction, it is one of the best decisions I have made for myself in a really long time. Since I quit, I have had zero anxiety, except for one nasty spell of jitters I had a couple of days ago, after I took Midol, which has caffeine listed as one of its main ingredients. Into the trash went the bottle. One of the hardest hurdles for me quitting coffee was the familiar and comforting routine of my husband bringing me my morning cup. I take it black, and then sip from bed for the next hour, while I wake up, answering emails, and getting my day started. The sound of the coffee grinder each morning, the smell lingering through the house—I do miss those things—but, I don’t miss them enough to go back to anxiety-filled days and sleepless nights. RIP coffee.

I did, however, find a replacement and I have grown to love (and depend on). Enter the matcha latte. Matcha is everywhere these days, and I am so thankful that it is because I’m completely hooked. But, doesn’t matcha has caffeine? Yes, it does, but Matcha creates a sort of calming alertness that has none of the “rush and crash” side effects that coffee has. Matcha is also loaded with antioxidants and has been linked to numerous health benefits. After much experimentation and trying different concoctions, I found my perfect blend. I look forward to this ritual each morning and sometimes in the afternoon, too.

This is how I matcha:

8 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
1-1.5 teaspoons high-quality drinking matcha (My favorite is Ipoddo Tea recommended by this rad chick Lee or Matcha Ninja)
1-2 tablespoons tocos
1 teaspoon cordyceps
.5 teaspoon mucuna pruiens
.5 teaspoon ashwaganda
a pinch of raw vanilla
1-2 tablespoons coconut butter (or 1 Tbsp coconut butter + 1 Tbsp sesame butter)
a good sprinkle of organic cinnamon
4 oz. boiling water

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First, add coconut milk to your blender (I have this one from Vitamix). Next, sift the matcha using a small mesh strainer and matcha spoon. Add all other ingredients into blender and blend for 1-2 minutes.

That’s it. Pour, sip, and enjoy!



  • Rachel

    Does the blending heat the matcha/latte? I had heard running the vitamix could heat things but have never explored that claim before.

  • Kiri

    I really love the sound of this!
    I love matcha.
    I drink it a lot and make matcha pancakes.
    I can going to send this post to my email for the recipe!
    Set to Glow

  • Melanie

    Would love to read a short write-up about the supplements you add to your matcha latte – what they are, what they are for, and your experience with them. Lots of new things to me!

    • Ange

      I second this. I’ve never heard of Tocos for example. I would be curious to know why you have chosen the supplements you use.

  • victoria

    I really love your images, of anything. I did giggle to myself with the recipe though as I’m clearly out of touch as I had to google what all the ingredients were!

  • chlo

    Mmmm, this looks so good. I love the colour of it, I really think it would improve my mornings just from how nice it looks haha. I drink one coffee a day which isn’t bad but, of course I would really like to supplement it and something like this seems like the perfect option. I will have to give it a good go :)

    Thank you for sharing, have a great day :)

    Chloe @

  • Joanne

    I do enjoy coffee every now and then but gosh, you’re right, it can be more harmful to us than we realize sometimes! I get jittery and anxious too, or mostly it just puts my body in a weird place. Matcha is all the rage these days, I’ve only tried it about once or twice before, but your little concoction listed here actually sounds pretty good! I might just try more of it in the near future. :)
    Thanks for sharing this, have a nice week.

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

  • April | April Everyday

    I’ve always wanted to try Matcha, but it comes in such huge boxes over here in the UK, and it’s pretty expensive so it scares me a little haha! This looks so delicious, though, I will admit I have no idea what half of the things you put in it are hah!
    xo April | April Everday

  • nicole

    Once this small human comes out of me, I’m going to try this recipe. I love ashwaganda for anxiety/mood (also reishe). I’ve always wondered if my Blendtec heats liquids as well as the Vitamixer. I’d love to know what you think Vitamixer vs Blendtec and if it’s worth the upgrade.


    • James Kicinski-McCoy

      I used to have a Blendtec! Loved it, but feel like the Vitamix is a little more powerful/durable. My Blendtec did heat like the Vitamix.

      • nicole

        I hear similar things and have been curious for awhile! I remember watching the videos while researching between the two – it blends a cell phone! A whole fish carcass! …

        Different Nicole below, btw.

  • Nicole

    Thinking of quitting matcha & subbing Beet Latte for pre workouts & that afternoon drag.The items I find that you add in your matcha seem quite “excessive”.I simply add \warm my alkaline water,U use hemp seed oil(anything almond seems HIGHLY over rated) or I sub virgin coconut oil with a teaspoon of vanilla extract & a teaspoon of moringa & blend with matcha (RISHI SWEET MATCHA)

  • Adrienne

    Does matcha not have caffeine?

    Also a tip for people who don’t have a blender or a Vitamix, handheld blenders work great (I use them for smoothies too) and they’re a lot cheaper!

    • Joy

      Due to Matcha’s combination of phyto-nutrients, the caffeine in Matcha is assimilated in a very different and much healthier way, than coffee or black tea. The caffeine in Matcha binds to the larger catechin molecules, that also act as powerful antioxidants, and is released into the bloodstream slowly over time, as the catechins are broken down and assimilated. The result is a slow dissemination of caffeine that provides sustained energy for up to 6 to 8 hours. This synergy within Matcha also prevents the insulin and adrenalin spikes typical for coffee intake, so you never have to experience the “crash” that follows when your blood sugar drops. Truly the healthiest energy drink!

  • Amy

    Just made this and it’s both delicious and nourishing. I went right out to my local health food shop and purchased all these ingredients. I cut out coffee last week and now I’m sitting here sipping on a beautiful cup of matcha tea and feeling satisfied. Thank you James for sharing!

  • anna

    thx so much for all of your cleanse and post-cleanse posts. i am planning on starting it in a week and am so excited as it is exactly what i need right now. i was wondering, for the coconut milk, are you using the full fat version that comes in a can, or the boxed version that you can find with the other alternative/nut mills?

    thx again for your thoroughness with all of this!

  • Kelli Mavian

    Hi James, just wondering…..why is it that you cant have decaffeinated coffee? Or is it just not the same as the real thing? :)

  • Samantha

    I’m trying to steer myself away from coffee and am looking at matcha brands… the matcha you suggest seems super expensive(for me). Is there a brand that you would recommend that is possibly a little cheaper for someone wanting to see if its something they would even like? Or what to look for in a high quality matcha? I can see spending the money if it is something I will use daily.

    • J

      I’ve had good luck with Rishi brand. They make both sweetened and unsweetened matcha tea powders. It’s not as robust and earthy tea flavored as more expensive matcha, but it serves me well for every day drinks.

  • J

    I’ve just got to ask, where are those beautiful speckled mugs from? The matcha color against the ceramic is so pretty.

    I’m going to try the tocos – sounds like a yummy addition to my matcha smoothies in the morning.

  • La Shell

    Ugh! I can never get the bubbles!

  • Iva

    I purchased tocos after following your blog, but upon more research, they actually contain high levels of arsenic [ - this article is a bit old, but the new pieces were mostly critical of Goop so I wanted something more direct] – so much so that it is actually illegal to sell in China, while the US does not have these limits.

    I know you work closely with Sun Potion, so you probably know way more about this than I do! Do you still think they are safe to take daily, and so forth?


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