Learn How To Make A Homemade Latte

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Coffee is such a versatile drink! There are so many flavors and ways to make coffee, that even the most die hard skeptics of the tradition could find a cup that fits their liking. Lattes, mochas, and cappuccinos are some ways we can up the flavor of our morning cup. Adding different flavors like coffee syrup, creamers or spices to these already tasty drinks can make them that much more satisfying, and it’s fun to try new things and expand your palette.

These coffee favorites can be made using all the special equipment we see at a cafe, or you can make a close second with some kitchen tools you most likely already have in your cupboards and drawers. It can be quite expensive to accumulate these machines, so I’m going to breakdown how to make a homemade latte without the fancy equipment, and in the comfort of your own home.

 

What Is A Latte?

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A Cafe Latte, as this is the technical term used in most coffee shops, is espresso with heated milk that has been whisked to the point that it becomes frothy. It’s the froth that differentiates the latte from the cappuccino. I personally enjoy a latte over a cappuccino as it has less froth and more of the delicious drink. So let’s get to the good stuff and see how we can accomplish this right in our own kitchens!

What Will You Need?

Since we are making this without the fancy equipment (i.e. espresso machine), we should first cover how you are going to make the actual coffee. You can make this with a regular drip coffee maker, but know that it may not be as strong as a latte is intended to be.  You need a maker that will produce a close second to the espresso machine.

These makers include a Moka Pot, French Press, or an Aeropress. You can also use a Chemex or a Pour-Over maker, but I suggest one of the others as the pressure used in them is better for creating a strong espresso like coffee. All of these can also be inexpensive to acquire. Though as stated above, you can use a regular drip coffee maker if that is all you have.

NOTE: If you are using a regular drip coffee maker, I would suggest using a darker roast coffee as this will help ensure a stronger latte flavor.

Also, no matter the maker you are using, you can find whole bean coffee roasted to an “espresso” like roast level that will work perfectly!

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Now that you have your coffee maker sorted out, you’ll need to grab a wire whisk to do the frothing. If you have a silicone or plastic one that will be fine, but I find the aluminum ones work a little better and are easier to use. You can froth the milk in a glass measuring cup or in your mug, just make sure the mouth is big enough to fit the whisk and gives enough room to mix back and forth.

What Kind Of Milk Should You Use?

Milk is an essential part of making a latte. Without the milk, it’s just plain coffee, and you can’t achieve that frothiness that makes a latte, well, a latte, without it.

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Any kind of milk will do. You can use whole milk, 2%, 1%, or skim milk. I try to stay away from the skim milk as this is thinner and can make your latte taste watery or weak. You can also use non-dairy milks like soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or vanilla almond milk. Whole milk though will give your latte a thick and creamy mouth feel, and taste a bit sweeter, in my opinion. That’s one of the pleasures of any and all coffee drinks, you can make them any way you like!

You can also add flavors and spices to your milk. Some of these include coffee syrups like Torani, which is used in a lot of coffee shops. Torani has an abundance of different flavors to use and can really amp up your morning cup.

Others include adding cinnamon, nutmeg, fruit zests, vanilla extract, chocolate or caramel syrup,  chocolate flakes, flavored creamers, or anything else that you may like to make your latte extra special.

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How To Make Your Latte!

Here are some steps to help you along the way:

  • First you want to make your coffee. You will need about 6-8 ounces for a good cup, depending on your liking. As previously said, use whatever coffee maker you have on hand, and darker roasted coffee beans.
  • While your coffee is brewing, heat up 1/2 cup of milk (your choice), for about 1-1 1/2 minutes. You can do this in a microwave-safe measuring cup or coffee mug.
  • When the milk is done, take your whisk and start whisking back and forth until you see the froth start to form, you’ll want to do this aggressively for about 20-30 seconds.
  • Once the coffee and the milk are both ready, slowly pour the milk into your coffee. Use a wide mouth spoon to hold back the froth until all the milk has been poured, then spoon the froth on top.

I find that pouring the milk in a circular motion will help it mix better, as you really don’t want to stir a latte. Stirring leads to the minimization of the froth, so try not to do this.

For added aesthetics, sprinkle some cinnamon on top, or drizzle chocolate syrup, caramel, or whipped cream. These are always delicious and very appealing to the eye.

HOMEMADE LATTE

Here is a simple way to enjoy a cafe style latte right in the comfort of your own home!
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 mug
Author: Angela

Equipment

  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave safe cup or mug
  • Wire whisk
  • Wide mouth spoon

Ingredients

  • 6-8 ounces Strong Coffee dark roast/espresso
  • ½ cup Milk of Choice or creamer
  • Cinnamon for topping

Instructions

  • Brew your coffee using your preferred brewing method
  • Heat milk 1-1½ minutes

Notes

  • When the milk is done, take your whisk and start whisking back and forth until you see the froth start to form, you’ll want to do this aggressively for about 20-30 seconds.
  • Once the coffee and the milk are both ready, slowly pour the milk into your coffee. Use a wide mouth spoon to hold back the froth until all the milk has been poured, then spoon the froth on top.
  • For added aesthetics, sprinkle some cinnamon on top, or drizzle chocolate syrup, caramel, or whipped cream.

Smile, You Did It!

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Go ahead and pat yourself on the back! I’ll wait…

You have just made your very own cafe latte without any fancy equipment, and in the comfort of your own home! How awesome is that? Keep up the great work!

Now you can sit in your pajamas, read your paper, read a good book, or just watch the world go by with your deliciously easy to make cafe latte in hand.

Enjoy!

 

If you would like to leave any comments or have any questions about this post, please leave them in the comment section below.  I would love to hear from you!

For the Love of Coffee

Angela

email: angela@heavensaromacoffee.com

 

 

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