Ever wish you could recreate that warm, frothy latte from your favourite coffee shop at home, without having to change out of your PJs or even put shoes on?
Shhh. You don't even need a fancy espresso machine!
In this blog post, we'll look at what exactly a latte is and how it differs from other coffee drinks. We'll also explore how to enjoy a latte, whether you prefer it hot or cold. And, of course, we'll share our best tips and tricks for making a latte that rivals even the best coffee shops, even if you don't have an espresso machine!
What is a latte?
A traditional latte is typically made with one shot of espresso, steamed milk, and a small layer of foam on top. It’s a popular coffee drink based on the Italian ‘caffè latte’ which means ‘milk coffee’.
The ratio of milk to espresso in a latte is higher than in other espresso-based drinks like cappuccinos or macchiatos, which gives it its creamy texture and mild flavour. They can be customized with different flavours like vanilla or caramel, which is less common in other espresso-based drinks.
How to make a Latte at home without an Espresso Machine
We realize that many people love lattes and the idea of having them at home, while not too many people have an espresso machine.
Here are some tips you can follow if you'd like to make a delicious latte at home, even without expensive equipment.
In Photo: Aeropress, Hario Skerton Grinder
Make your espresso or strongly brewed coffee.
If you'd like to make espresso with your coffee maker, simply put 1 heaping tablespoon of fine to medium fine grounds into your filter. Press the grounds down, then add about 2 oz of warm water into the water reservoir. Press brew or concentrate brew ! You may need to experiment with this step and adjust until you find proportions that result in espresso you enjoy.
Another option? Make your normal coffee really strong. We won't tell.
PS. The Aeropress is an excellent economical (and travel friendly) way of making high quality espresso at home.
Heat milk of choice on a stove top, then use a battery operated milk frother or kitchen whisk.
If you are using a plant milk, oat or soy milk tend to froth the best.
Pour your espresso into a wide, shallow coffee cup.
Use a large spoon to hold back the milk foam, then pour warm milk into your espresso.
- Spoon as much milk foam as you would like onto your latte. Garnish with cocoa or nutmeg if you would like!
Hot Latte vs Iced Latte
When it comes to lattes, there are two main ways to enjoy them: hot or cold. The preparation method for both types of lattes is similar, but the end result is quite different.
Here are two recipes you can try to decide which kind you like most.
A no-nonsense roast perfect as a daily sipper.
Aromatic vanilla flavours add a subtle sweetness to your cup.
Tastes like: vanilla, smooth, bright
Hot Latte Recipe
- 1 shot of espresso
- 1 cup of milk of choice
- Sweetener (optional)
- Vanilla or caramel syrup (optional)
- Brew one shot of espresso using an espresso machine.
- Heat one cup of milk in a saucepan or with a milk frother until it's hot and steaming (it shouldn’t be boiling).
- Pour the steamed milk into a cup and add the espresso shot.
- Spoon any remaining foam on top of the latte.
- Add sweetener and syrups to taste.
Iced Latte Recipe
- 1-2 shots of espresso
- 1 cup of cold milk
- Sweetener (optional)
- Brew one to two shots of espresso using an espresso machine.
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Pour cold milk into the glass, leaving enough room for the espresso.
- Add the espresso shot(s) to the glass and stir gently.
- Add sweetener to taste, if desired.
A cult classic guaranteed to warm you up on a rainy day.
Tastes like: chocolate, spicy, earthy
More tips and tricks for the perfect at-home latte
Making the perfect latte at home is about more than just following a recipe. Make sure your drinks are cafe-quality every single time by following these tips and tricks.
- Use freshly roasted beans: The quality of your coffee beans can make a big difference in the taste of your latte. Make sure your beans are always high quality and freshly roasted.
- Use the right amount of espresso: A standard latte usually contains one shot of espresso, but you can adjust the amount to your preference. Remember that too much can make your latte bitter, while too little can make it weak and watery.
- Steam the milk properly: Properly steaming the milk is crucial for creating the perfect latte. Heat the milk between 140-160°F, and use a milk frother or steam wand to create a creamy, velvety texture.
- Keep things warm: Warm up your milk and cup before making your latte. This helps to maintain the temperature and ensures that the milk steams properly.
You're always invited for a Latte at our place!
We hope these tips inspired you to make your own latte at home..
Til then, see you soon at your local BATW.