Some people think it’s not possible to get coffee shop quality drinks at home, but nothing could be further from the truth. If you ever wondered how to make a perfect latte at home, you’re not alone.
Here’s an easy way to make this delicious caffeinated treat, right in your own kitchen, and the best part is you don’t need any fancy equipment.
First, let’s start with the ingredients. You’ll need:
The only piece of equipment you need is a small kitchen whisk that fits neatly inside a coffee mug. Aluminum whisks tend to work better than silicone, though anything will do in a pinch.
Once you have all your ingredients collected, it’s time to get started! Here are four easy steps to making a latte at home.
You can use any kind of coffee you want, but medium to medium-dark roasts work better than lighter blends.
While your coffee is brewing, heat the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. Use a microwave-safe mug.
Once the milk is heated, use the small whisk to froth with. This takes anywhere from 15 to 30 seconds.
Get a clean mug and fill it up about ¾ of the way or so. Then, pour the foamed milk over the coffee.
The milk foam rises to the top and you have a pretty good version of a latte that’s easy to make, right in your kitchen.
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If you like a little more flavor, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your latte. If you prefer sweet coffee you can add flavored coffee creamer to your milk before heating it in the microwave.
A vanilla latte is easy, too, just add ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract to the milk, heat, and voila! Would you prefer a mocha latte? Try using chocolate milk instead, or add a tablespoon or two of chocolate flavored syrup to cold milk, then heat.
Another way you can make latte at home is by investing in an espresso machine that has an electric milk frother, and can make lattes easily. If you’re ready to take your love of homemade lattes to the next level, here are some great machines to try:
This coffee machine from Nescafe is perfect for making a single cup of coffee. In addition to lattes, it can also make you an espresso shot, Americano, cappuccino, and more.
The interface is easy to use and you can adjust both the size and the integrity of your drink. This machine uses a pressure-based system with a high level of extraction for delicious flavor in every cup.
One thing to note about Nescafe is that you have to use its coffee pods in the machine and they are not reusable. There are a lot of flavors available, though, so you’re sure to find something that you like on the days you want something other than a latte.
The Gevi Espresso Machine provides a more hands-on experience and will make you feel like you have a coffee shop right in your kitchen. It uses a 15 bar high-pressure pump for flavor extraction to produce rich, delicious espresso and has an integrated foaming machine so you can make latte at home and much more.
One of the nice things about this one is that the portafilter is large enough to make two cups of coffee at the same time, so it’s easy to share. There’s a temperature panel that allows you to keep a close eye on the water temperature, and a heated metallic plate on the top to warm your cup.
You probably know the Keurig name, but this coffee maker does much more than just make K-cups of coffee. The simple button controls are easy to navigate.
All you have to do is insert your K-cup and select your drink.
The large 60-ounce water reservoir is convenient because you don’t have to refill very often, and the spout accommodates mugs up to 7.2-inches tall. That means you can make your latte in a travel mug and take it with you when you head out the door in the morning.
This machine lets you know when it’s time to clean and descale, an important process that removes calcium deposits from inside the machine, helping to make sure that you get the best-tasting coffee, every time.
To make a latte at home, just brew your favorite K-cup and use the frother to steam your favorite milk.
We gave you two options for how to make a latte at home. If you feel like being a little more hands-in and want something simple, all you need is a fresh pot of coffee, milk, and a whisk.
You can tweak this recipe in a lot of ways by adding different flavors to the milk before you microwave it, and the whole process only takes a matter of minutes.
If you have a little money to spend and want to invest in a machine that will make a latte at home for you, there are plenty to choose from. These machines are all versatile, too, so you have other options on those days when you feel like mixing it up a bit.