Whether you’re pinching pennies in the bad economy or you’re just too lazy to get yourself to the local coffeehouse, you’ll be happy to know it’s easy to make a latte at home. These frothy concoctions can cost as much as $5 at some popular coffee chains, so learning to make a latte at home will definitely save you money–plus, you can enjoy it while you’re still in your pajamas. Please just don’t send us any pictures.
To make a latte, you’ll need
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 shot (2 Tablespoons) of espresso (made with an espresso maker, an espresso pot, or instant grounds)
- a frother and a frothing pitcher or a pan and a blender, wand frother or whisk
- a coffee cup
- syrups, toppings, or whipped cream (optional)
- To make a latte at home, you’ll first need to make espresso. If you have an espresso machine, make one shot of espresso according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or use an espresso pot to brew a shot of espresso on the stove. You can also purchase high quality instant espresso powder and prepare one shot according to the product’s directions–which usually involves combining the powder with hot water.
- Next prepare the milk. For a 12 ounce latte, use 1 cup of milk. If your espresso machine has a frother, pour cold milk into the frothing pitcher, and froth it to 160º F, or until it steams. Be careful not to submerge the tip of the frother any deeper than necessary, or you’ll create large bubbles instead of small ones. When the milk is frothy and hot, set it aside. If you don’t have an espresso machine, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring it occasionally until it begins to steam. You can also heat it in the microwave on high in 30 second intervals until it’s hot. Froth the hot milk to make your latte in one of the following ways: use a wand frother, process the milk in the blender for 15 seconds, or whisk the mixture briskly with a wire whisk.
- Finally, get a coffee mug. If you’d like to make a flavored latte, add syrup, sugar, or another flavoring to the mug, and pour in the prepared shot of espresso. Finish your latte by pouring the warm, frothed milk into the mug, holding back the foam with a spoon. When you reach the top of your mug, allow a little foam to spill onto your coffee, or top it off with whipped cream. Add any topping you choose, from a sprinkle of cinnamon or a drizzle of caramel to chocolate shavings. Then, kick back and enjoy your homemade latte!