A latte is basically frothed milk over strong coffee. You can pay handsomely for these drinks, or you can save money and start making lattes at home. All you will need are a couple of easy-to-find kitchen tools.
You will need an espresso maker or a kitchen gadget that will produce strong coffee. This doesn’t have to be an expensive machine that costs you hundreds of dollars. In fact, you can find an inexpensive espresso maker, complete with everything you need to start making espresso, for less than $40. You may be able to use coffee made using a French press, but the quality will be a different and you may not like the results. So, try using what you already have at home, but if you don’t have a French press or an espresso machine yet, try inexpensive alternatives.
The second tool that you will need to start making lattes is a whisk or an aerator. You may also use an immersion blender that has a whisk attachment. This will be used for frothing the milk that goes on top of the strong coffee.
Use milk that you enjoy drinking. You can use two percent or whole milk. Heat the milk so that it starts to simmer, but do not let it boil. Pour the milk into a mug. You may do this step before or while you are making the espresso. Before you pour the milk into the espresso (or pour the espresso into the milk), you will need to froth the milk. Use your aerator or whisk to gently incorporate air into the milk for about one or two minutes. You will know that the milk is aerated when bubbles start to form.
This next step can be done in two different ways. You can either pour the milk into the espresso, or you can pour the espresso into the milk. Whichever method you choose to do, your latte will end up as a creamy golden color when the milk and the espresso mix. At this time, you can add flavorings or syrups of your choice. If you want a vanilla latte, add the vanilla now. If you want to add cocoa powder, now is also the time to add it by sifting it over the top of the latte. You will see that there will be frothy milk at the top of the mug and denser coffee at the bottom.
Now, you can enjoy a homemade latte for a fraction of the cost of a store’s latte.