The latte, it’s a favorite among some of my guests and many others the world over. It’s always nice to see their faces light up when you propose it. Ait’s funny, a lot of people seem to think it’s just not even an option unless you’re at some fancy coffee shop.
The truth is, it’s a very simple drink to make and can probably be perfected in a coupe of tries. All it really takes is a little bit of extra love. If you’re willing to put a little extra effort into frothing the milk properly; you’ll be enjoying barista quality lattes at home before you know it!
How to Make a Latte – Step by Step Instructions
1 – Make 2 Espressos: The first step in making a great latte is making a great espresso. Check out our full espresso article [LINK] to make sure you start off with a perfect espresso. Lattes are typically made with a double shot of espresso, which is why we’ve asked you to make 2. Make sure to use an appropriately sized mug to hold the entire latte drink if possible. It is better to make everything in one large glass as that leaves the espresso crema undisturbed leaving that beautiful white and brown foam at the top once we’ve added the milk. If your espresso machine won’t allow for this, you can try slowly pouring the espressos into a larger cup to preserve the crema.
2 – Prepare the Milk: This is where your favorite milk frother or the trusty frothing wand on your favorite coffee maker will come in handy. Don’t have either of those handy? Don’t worry. It’s actually really easy to froth your own milk at home using nothing more than a mason jar, a microwave, and the right type of milk.
3 – Add the Steamed Milk: Using a spoon to hold back the milk foam, slowly pour the steamed milk into the espresso. You’re looking for roughly a 2:1 steamed milk to coffee ratio, ie: 2 parts milk to 1 part espresso, or double the amount. Try your best not to disturb the crema. Move on to step 4 when you have a little less milk than you think is needed for the 2:1 ratio.
4 – Add the Milk Foam: Once you have most of the steamed milk in the cup, remove the spoon holding back the foam and allow it to flow into the cup. You’re looking for about 1 part foam in the drink, or roughly the same amount as the espresso you used. As the foam and remaining milk flow into the glass they will start to subtly mix at the top, leaving the beautiful, characteristic, brown and white foam at the top. If you’re not noticing any brown at the top, you can try pouring out the milk a little more quickly so that coffee mixes up a little more.
5 – Add Latte Art: This is your opportunity to get creative with your drink! Get some tips on creating coffee art