If making a hot latte, bring the milk or non-diary milk to a light boil. Add the sweetener. Set aside. If making it iced, simply add the sweetener to the milk or non-dairy milk and set aside.
Metal Whisk or Chasen
Add 1 tbsp of water to the matcha powder in a bowl. Using your metal whisk or bamboo chasen, whisk the matcha and water until the clumps are gone. Add the milk or non-dairy milk and whisk until frothy in a "W" or "M" shaped pattern. Pour over ice if you prefer an iced latte.
Add the milk or non-dairy milk and matcha powder to a high-speed blender. Run the blender for one minute until you have a smooth green liquid. Pour over ice if you prefer an iced latte.
Jar with Lid
Sift the matcha into a pint-sized jar or larger. Add the milk or non-dairy milk to the jar. Seal, and shake until well mixed and frothy. If you prefer an iced latte, add the ice before shaking. This method works best as an iced latte, since the solid ice tends to help shake it up well.
Frother or Hand Frother Method
Sift the matcha into a mug or glass. Add the milk or non-dairy milk to the glass. Use your frother to froth the mixture. (You will do this directly in the glass/mug if using a hand held frother.) If making an iced latte, add ice after.
Steamer/Espresso Machine Method
Add 1 tbsp of water to the matcha powder in a bowl. Using your metal whisk or bamboo chasen, whisk the matcha and water until the clumps are gone. Steam the milk using your steamer or espresso machine. Add the milk or non-dairy milk over the matcha mixture. Pour over ice and give it a stir if you prefer an iced latte.
If you want to make your matcha latte a bit sweeter, you can add any of the following:
Syrup like simple syrup or maple syrup
White sugar, brown sugar or coconut sugar
Honey or agave
Sugar substitute like Stevia
Note: For the optional sweetener, I like to use a turbinado simple syrup. To make the simple syrup, add half a cup of turbinado sugar to half a cup of water in a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool. Keep your turbinado sugar syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator, and use whenever you need!When you buy ceremonial grade, it's recommended to use only hot water to do justice to the flavor. Culinary grade matcha is perfect for use in recipes or dairy based beverages like a latte.