While some people feel like they can’t survive without black coffee, others love coffee drinks that use cream and other ingredients. One popular drink that shops offer is a latte. It uses espresso with steamed milk and a little foam on top. While it isn’t quite as strong as an espresso, it also isn’t as foamy as a cappuccino. As long as you have the right supplies, you’ll have no problem learning how to make a latte from the comfort of your home.
There are a few things you need to make lattes and similar drinks at home such as a coffee maker. While some of the new automatic machines allow you to add your ingredients and push a few buttons to make a latte in seconds, some prefer doing the work by hand. This gives you more control over the beans and other ingredients that you use. You also need a foamer or frother that turns your milk into the thick foam that sits on top of the drink as well as a milk jug.
Espresso is a type of strong Italian coffee that serves as the base of a latte. You can make a single shot if you need a jolt of caffeine but find that the coffee is too strong. If you want a richer and thicker coffee flavor with even more caffeine, make a double shot.
Using a microwave is an easy way to steam your milk. Simply pour milk into a microwave-safe mug and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Keep heating the milk for 30 seconds at a time until it reaches the temperature you want.
A latte has a little milk froth floating on the top of the coffee. If you have a frother, it’s as easy as slipping the tool in a mug of hot milk and pressing a button to get the froth you want. Manual frothers require that you whip the milk to make your froth. Some coffee makers have an attachment that makes frothed milk too. You can also heat milk in a small saucepan on your stove and then use a tool or a standard fork to beat the liquid until froth forms.
To make a latte at home, you need a latte mug. Latte mugs come in different sizes and shapes. You might prefer a stoneware mug that is easy to clean or a glass mug with a liner inside that keeps your coffee hot. There are also fun pedestal glasses that are suitable for lattes and other coffee drinks.
Fill the mug with one ounce of hot espresso, which is equal to a single shot. If you want more caffeine, add a double shot, which is two ounces of hot espresso. Add eight ounces of steamed milk to the glass. You should use caution and go slow because if you pour the milk too quickly, it will mix with the coffee and may sink to the bottom of the mug. For lattes with a sweeter taste, add two ounces of liquid sugar or coffee syrup. You can adjust the amount of sugar or syrup for your personal taste. Finish off the drink with one ounce of milk froth added to the top of the mug.
Many coffee shops have a hidden or secret menu that only regulars use. This menu includes unique drinks that taste different from anything else on the menu and may include some drinks that are only available during specific seasons. You can have fun creating some of those drinks at home when you add to the basic latte recipe. Look for flavored syrups that you can buy or make such as pumpkin spice syrup to recreate the warm feeling of fall in the middle of the winter or french vanilla to get the rich flavor you want in the height of summer.
Coffee shops charge a lot of money for drinks that you can make at home with a few supplies and ingredients. Learning how to make a latte at home is not only easy, but it also helps you save money and create a drink you’ll love.