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How to Make a Latte at Home

December 17, 2019

- Adhlan Nazeemudeen

Chapter 1

The term café latte is Italian for “coffee and milk.”

A latte is an espresso-based drink consisting of one-third espresso and two-thirds steamed milk with a small amount of foam to top it off. The term café latte is Italian for “coffee and milk.”

Most of the time, a “coffee” in Italy means espresso, which explains why this drink is made of espresso and milk rather than coffee and milk. The café latte has become one of the most popular espresso drinks around and is known in the United States as simply a “latte.”

The great thing about the latte, is that it has opened the way for hundreds of flavored variations and source of great experimentation in specialty coffee shops around the world.

Within the world of specialty coffee shops, the latte seems to be the most common drink to transform into a signature drink. Baristas and home coffee brewers alike work diligently to put their own spin on this classic. Every day there are hundreds of new lattes invented using almost every ingredient and combination imaginable!

Lancaster, Daniel. Author: The Coffee Recipe Book: 50 Coffee and Espresso Drinks to Make at Home

This blog posts looks into the most beginner friendly ways to prepare a latte and a number of its flavored cousins.

While these recipes have been well defined in terms of ratios of ingredients, remember: You are the artist! You can change ratios, swap ingredients, and alter processes based on your personal preference. I hope these recipes will be a launchpad to inspire you to develop your own recipes to enjoy and share with others!

Table of Contents

Chapter 2

Espresso preparation for latte

This is the first step towards preparing a great latte, and we have covered in extensively in another blog on how to make espresso. If you have this figured this part out, you may jump straight to the next chapter

Pulling the perfect shot of espresso requires the following preparation. You need to set this up once and thereafter it will be smooth sailing:

  1. Selecting a coffee maker with a pump suitable to extract the espresso at the required pressure and time
  2. Preparing the coffee grind to the required specifications and quality

If you are a beginner, there are a number of affordable solutions which we have looked at in the below blog, which will get you excellent espresso in no time.

The little-known ways to make genuine espresso using beginner friendly gear costing between $60 to $130

Chapter 3

Barista style latte at home

A great latte boils down to how well you prepare the espresso and froth the milk. If you get those two right, you’ve got yourself a barista worthy latte.

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Recipe – Homemade latte

Equipment

  • Espresso brewing device (few recommendations are givenin next section)
  • Milk frother or a whisk
  • A glass

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (60ml) espresso or 2.7 ounces (80ml) as perpreference
  • 10 ounces (300ml) milk (whole milk works best)

Instructions

  • Prepare espresso and pour the espresso into a mug.
  • Place the milk in a wide glass or glass jar andmicrowave for about 30 seconds until it is very hot but not boiling.Alternatively, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutesuntil very hot but not boiling, watching it carefully.
  • Using a milk frother, froth the milk until you don’tsee any bubbles and you have a very thick froth, 20 to 30 seconds. Swirl theglass and lightly tap it on the counter repeatedly to pop the larger bubbles.Repeat this step as needed.
  • Using a spoon to hold back the foam, pour the milkinto the espresso. Spoon the remaining foam on top.

Notes

RECIPE TIP: There are lots of ways to experiment with café latte. For a dairy-free version, replace the whole milk with a milk alternative, such as soy, oat, or coconut milk. You can also experiment by adding flavor to your lattes, such as caramel, vanilla, or blackberry syrup.
FUN FACT: You can easily make this drink iced. It’s actually easier than making a hot latte. Simply make the espresso and add cold milk and ice. No need for steamed milk!
 
Nutrition facts: 1 Latte of 360ml consists of 206 calories and following nutritional content
Calories 206
(863 kJ)
% DV*
Total Fat
10.6 g
16%
Saturated Fat
6.7 g
33%
Trans Fat
0 g
 
Cholesterol
46 mg
15%
Sodium
158 mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
16.7 g
6%
Dietary Fiber
0 g
0%
Sugars
14.6 g
 
Protein
10.6 g
 
Calcium
365 mg
 
Alcohol
0 g
 
Iron
0 mg
 
Vitamin A
456 mg
 
Vitamin C
0 mg
 
https://www.calorieking.com/us/en/foods/f/calories-in-coffees-caffe-latte-whole-milk/hWjfim2iS4mYrDsl7XQNyg

Chapter 4

Making a latte using Aeropress

If you have an Aeropress and looking to use a familiar tool to get the job done, here is how

Note however, that this will not be a true espresso. An authentic espresso requires at least 9 bar of pressure. This is not humanly possible with the air pressure mechanism found in the aeropress.

Having said that, you can get a close espresso using the aeropress. Since it is the latte that you are making, we could say that the impact of the quality of the espresso is a bit diluted by the milk.

Here’s a Latte recipe based on the aeroress espresso if this is the tool of choice:

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Recipe – Latte using Aeropress

Equipment

  • Aeropress + Filter·     
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Scale 
  •  Water Kettle
  • Mug 
  • Timer  
  • Milk frother or a whisk

Ingredients

  • 17g of Coffee beans·      
  • 10 ounces (300ml) milk (wholemilk works best) 

Instructions

  • Grind your coffee at a fine setting. Think castor sugar or finer.
  • Rinse and place your Aeropress filter of choice in the filter cap, and pour the grounds into the Aeropress and place another paper filter on top of the grind.
  • Now tamp the grind over paper filter using any cylindrical object.
  • Place the Aeropress onto your scale. Zero the scale and your timer. Get ready.
  • Start your timer and begin pouring in 55g of water. Pour very slowly. It should take you 10 seconds to reach your target water weight.
  • Grab the Aeropress and shake it in a circular motion for 15 seconds so that the brewing slurry spins around on the inside.
  • At 0:25, attach the filter cap, flip the brewer onto a mug, and plunge like your life depends on it. You should have pushed out all the liquid coffee by 0:30.
  • Set the Aeropress aside and behold your Aeropress espresso. Smell it, taste it, savor it. You’ve earned it.
  • Now that you have prepared your aeropress espresso, you can start on the milk. Place the milk in a wide glass or glass jar and microwave for about 30 seconds until it is very hot but not boiling. Alternatively, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes until very hot but not boiling, watching it carefully.
  • Using a milk frother, froth the milk until you don’t see any bubbles and you have a very thick froth, 20 to 30 seconds. Swirl the glass and lightly tap it on the counter repeatedly to pop the larger bubbles. Repeat this step as needed.  
  • Using a spoon to hold back the foam, pour the milk into the espresso. Spoon the remaining foam on top.

Notes

Tip: the filter has an impact on the espresso taste. Both paper and metal filters will produce great results, however the metal filter would produce a closer espresso.

Chapter 5

Making a latte using instant coffee

If you have absolutely no specialized coffee tools, there is still no excuse to not making your latte. Here is the simplest method without an espresso machine or milk frothing device.

Bear in mind though, that this could be quite a far cry from a genuine latte. But this would still be a great tasting alternative if all other options are exhausted.

Here is the no-excuse to not make your own latte recipe

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Recipe – Latte made using instant coffee

Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons nescafe instant coffee (ordepending on taste as to how strong you like your coffee)
  •  1⁄2 cup milk
  •  1⁄2 cup water, plus a fewdrops for premixing
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (or totaste)
  •  cinnamon (optional)
  • drinking cocoa powder

Instructions

  • Put the coffee powder and sugarin a coffee mug.
  •  Add a few drops of water (justenough to incorporate the coffee powder in to form a thick paste) Stirvigorously with a spoon and soon you will see that the coffee and sugar form awhitish shiny paste.
  •  Boil the milk and water together.
  • (if you do not like milky coffeeyou can boil plain water (1 cup) and add a few drops of milk just to your tastestraight into the mug) Pour this from a little height into the mug so that thecoffee froths up.
  • Sprinkle a little drinkingchocolate on top for effect.
  • You can sprinkle some cinnamonpowder on top too if you like the flavour of cinnamon.

Chapter 6

Making latte with Almond Milk

For all you almond milk fans, latte with almond milk is a great.

Latte with Almond milk is great, and there is nothing less latte about it when you consider how many different latte flavours there are out there

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Recipe – Almond milk latte

Equipment

  • Espressobrewing device
  •  ¼ -½ cup unsweetened almond milk, depending on how much milk you like in yourcoffee.
  • CoconutSugar or sweetener of choice, to taste
  • Sprinkleof Cinnamon, optional

Ingredients

  • Milkfrother tofoam milk·
  • 2 ounces (60ml) espresso or 2.7ounces (80ml) as per preference

Instructions

  • Prepare espresso and pour theespresso into a mug.
  • Heatalmond milk in a microwave safe mug for 30 seconds or in a small saucepan onthe stove just until very warm.
  • Whenthe milk is heated, it's time to froth. At this point you can mix in a bit ofsugar/sweetener to your warmed milk, if you'd like.
  •  Using a milk frother, froth themilk until you don’t see any bubbles and you have a very thick froth, 20 to 30seconds. Swirl the glass and lightly tap it on the counter repeatedly to popthe larger bubbles. Repeat this step as needed.

Chapter 7

How to make a vanilla latte

Next time you are about to spend $5 on your third vanilla latte in one week, consider using this simple recipe to make it at home! Your wallet will thank you.

Probably one of the most popular flavored lattes. This recipe is just building on the latte recipe we shared earlier on in this blog.

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Recipe – Vanilla latte

Equipment

  • Espresso brewing device
  • Milk frother or a whisk
  • A glass

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces espresso
  • 10 ounces milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  • Pour the espresso into a mug.
  • Place the milk in a wide glass or glass jar andmicrowave for 30 seconds until it is very hot but not boiling. Alternatively,heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes until very hotbut not boiling, watching it carefully.
  • Add the vanilla and sugar to the hot milk and stiruntil the sugar dissolves. Note, you may omit the sugar for an unsweetenedlatte
  • Using a milk frother, froth the milk until you don’t see any bubbles and you have a thick froth, 20 to 30 seconds. Swirl the glassand lightly tap it on the counter repeatedly to pop the larger bubbles. Repeatthis step as needed.
  • Using a spoon to hold back the foam, pour thesweetened vanilla milk into the espresso. Spoon the remaining foam on top.

Chapter 8

How to make caramel latte

The caramel latte is as easy to make as finding caramel sauce or syrup and adding it to a latte!

Probably the richer and more indulgent latte. Here is a recipe when you want to give yourself or a companion a real treat.

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Recipe – Carmel Latte

Equipment

  • Espresso brewing device
  • Milk frother or a whisk
  • A glass
  • Saucepan (if making the caramel sauce)

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces espresso
  • 10 ounces milk
  • 2 tablespoons homemade caramel sauce (see ingredienttip) or store-bought caramel sauce
  • plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)

Instructions

  • Pour the espresso into a mug.
  • Place the milk in a wide glass orglass jar and microwave for 30 seconds until it is very hot but not boiling.Alternatively, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutesuntil very hot but not boiling, watching it carefully.
  • Add the caramel sauce and sugar (if using) tothe hot milk and stir until they dissolve.
  •  Using a milk frother, froth themilk until you don’t see any bubbles and you have a thick froth, 20 to 30seconds. Swirl the glass and lightly tap it on the counter repeatedly to popthe larger bubbles. Repeat this step as needed.
  • Using a spoon to hold back the foam, pour themilk into the espresso. Spoon the remaining foam on top.
  • Drizzle the top with more caramelsauce.

Chapter 9

How to froth milk without a steam wand

Let's look at some options you would have to froth your milk using regular kitchen appliances or low-cost appliances, as well as the milk you need to get the best froth.

“Frothing” is the process of creating “micro bubbles” in the milk. This is done by blowing hot air (or steam) through the milk. Since the bubble surface is actually a well-knit string of protein molecules, skim milk will produce a more lavish froth than whole milk. In fact, it may be hard to get whole milk to froth at all, although whole milk will have a creamier taste. Partially skimmed milk (2%) is recommended. It is easy to froth, and it will have a creamy taste. It is the most difficult to get soy milk to froth, although it can be done.

Don’t have a fully-fledged espresso machine with a steam wand? Here are some alternatives which will get the job done

1) Shaking in a jar
2) Whisking by hand
3) Electric mixer
4) Frothing wand
5) Blender
6) Pump style frother
7) French press or Espresso Press

Here is a blog post which describes most of these milk frothing methods in greater detail.

FAQ

In case you had some questions in mind, here are some FAQ which a beginner coffee aficionado might as

A latte consists of 1 part espresso and 2 parts steamed milk with a bit of froth on top. The question boils down to weather you can make an espresso using a keurig. And the answer is no because you cannot produce the minimum 9 bar pressure for the extraction of espresso using a keurig machine.

“Frothing” is the process of creating “microbubbles” in the milk. This is done by blowing hot air (or steam) through the milk. Since the bubble surface is actually a well-knit string of protein molecules, skim milk will produce a more lavish froth than whole milk. In fact, it may be hard to get whole milk to froth at all, although whole milk will have a creamier taste. Partially skimmed milk (2%) is recommended. It is easy to froth, and it will have a creamy taste. It is the mostdifficult to get soy milk to froth, although it can be done.

 

References

Following are great reads which were used as resources to put together this blog post

Lancaster, Daniel. The Coffee Recipe Book: 50 Coffee and Espresso Drinks to Make at Home . Rockridge Press. Kindle Edition.

Stern, Shlomo. A Coffee Lover’s Guide to Coffee: All the Must – Know Coffee Methods, Techniques, Equipment, Ingredients and Secrets. Kindle Edition.

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