This simple recipe will show you how to make a latte step by step without the use of any special equipment and let your wallet breath freely. Here we go!
- Coffee: Espresso or strongly brewed coffee is required for a flavorful latte. Decaffeinated has the same effect as caffeine.
- Milk: Any variety you want. Skim milk, whole milk, and reduced-fat milk are all options. Alternatively, for a Dairy-Free/Vegan Latte, use nondairy milk such as almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk. You can even use flavored creamer to make a rich, sweet, flavored latte.
How to make:
- Make a cup of coffee or espresso of your choice.
- While the coffee is brewing, heat the milk of your choice in a microwave-safe coffee mug for 30-45 seconds.
- Once the milk has reached room temperature, use a small whisk to vigorously whisk back and forth for 15-30 seconds, or until the milk is frothy.
- Fill a mug halfway with coffee. Pour the frothed milk on top of the coffee gently.
- The foam will rise to the top of the mug, creating a close replica of a traditional latte.
Alternatively, you can froth the milk in a glass measuring cup after heating it. Pour the coffee or espresso into a mug, then gently pour the frothed milk over it. Pour the rest of the foam on top of your latte.
Is A Latte Hot Or Cold
Most espresso drinks, including lattes, are served at temperatures ranging from 150 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The standard temperature for an on-the-go beverage is 160 degrees. Lattes are served hot, but there's nothing wrong with serving a warm latte at home. It is entirely up to you to determine the temperature of your latte.
However, you can specifically ask for a cold/iced latte that is hot espresso added to a cup of ice and chilled milk. Otherwise, a latte implies a hot drink
Basically, lattes are the hot served drinks. But, nowadays every latte variety can be served in cold. Latte with steamed milk and foam are only served in hot. Whereas latte expresso is also good served in cold.
How To Make A Latte At Home With A Frother
Now that you have everything you need, let's go over the basic latte recipe. There are several ways to make a latte if you don't have the proper equipment. But, if you have a coffee machine and a steam wand, here's what you do:
- Preheat Your Cup
Preheating is a small step, but it is crucial. If you don't preheat your cup, your espresso shot will become cold while you steam and froth your milk.
Most espresso machines have a cup warmer. If your machine doesn't have one, fill your cup halfway with hot water and set it aside for a minute while you prepare your shot of espresso. After your cup has warmed up, proceed to step two.
- Make a Double Espresso Shot
Brew a double shot of espresso and pour it into your latte glass for each latte you want to make. Brew a single shot if you prefer a weaker coffee flavor.
- Froth Your Milk
Fill a frothing pitcher halfway with milk of your choice and steam it with the wand of your machine. The ideal temperature for regular milk is 150°F. If the temperature rises above this, the milk may burn, reducing its natural sweetness and ruining the flavor. Ideally, you should hold the wand about half an inch below the surface of the milk so that you end up with mostly hot milk and a little froth on top.
Fill your glass halfway with steamed milk. Take your time and try not to spill any of the hot milk or espresso. Pour slowly so that the milk flows first, and the froth follows at the end.
How To Make Froth Milk Without A Machine?
These are some ways how to make froth milk without using any machine. Here are the ways!
- Shaking in a jar
Place your warmed milk in a jar, tightly screw on the lid, and shake away!
- Whisking by hand
Warm the milk and vigorously whisk it by hand.
- Electric mixer
Warm the milk. Whisk the milk with a hand mixer until it reaches the desired frothiness.
- Frothing wand
Your milk should be warm. Turn on the frothing wand after immersing it in the milk. Whisk until the milk is frothed to your liking, making a nice swirl of milk.
- Use blender
Pour your warm milk into a blender and blend on medium speed until frothy.
- Pump frother
Warm the milk and pour it into the pump frother. Make sure not to overfill it because milk expands when frothed. For about 10–15 seconds, vigorously pump the handle up and down.
Can You Use Regular Coffee For A Latte?
Can you make a latte with regular coffee? Yes, but it must be a heavily brewed batch. To change the strength of the brew, adjust the coffee-to-water ratio. To strengthen a batch of drip coffee or pour-over, use a 1-to-15 coffee-to-water ratio or lower.