When you don’t find a place to drink your favorite latte, you should go home and make one. Now, the most common question is how to make latte. It’s actually easy if you have the coffee ground and little tools such as a spoon, foaming tool and of course an espresso machine.
What if you don’t have an espresso machine? For that, you can still make a latte with some patience and follow my rules. Luckily, making latte isn’t that hard. So, ready all the stuff and read down below to find making a latte with or without an espresso machine.
How to Make a Latte Without an Espresso Machine
There’re many people who don’t have an espresso machine and they wish to make a cup of latte at home. Even though it needs hard work to brew lattes, still the method rocks if doing in the right way.
So for them, I have my own DIY style and simple tricks to make a latte special without using an espresso machine.
Here are some secret tips and techniques to brew lattes with no help from espresso machines.
Make a Dark Black Coffee
If preparing lattes without an espresso machine, you should make dark black coffee with a Moka pot. This technique rocks and is still used by many people.
Yet, if you want another way to brew, you should start with double brewing your coffee to make a strong black coffee. But the thing is, it may deliver you with an off flavored strong coffee.
Pull DIY Foaming Your Milk
Unlike making a latte with an espresso machine, you may need to heat your milk first and then make the foaming process in DIY style.
For that, take a microwaveable jar or pot that has a cap and then fill half with milk. Tight the lid and shake the jar as fast as possible while holding it on your hand.
By doing this process, you’ll find the frothed milk coming up. Then, you need to microwave it for 30 seconds.
Transfer Your Milk
Now, you should pour the hot and foamy milk in the latte mug by using a spoon. Hold it flipside and pour the mixture and in the end ass the foam which is left.
How to Make a Latte with an Espresso Machine
After preparing with your kitchen stuff, you should go through the simplest latte steps. Check if you have an espresso machine and a steam wand, make sure to follow the given steps and tricks:
Start with Heating Your Cup
Okay, your first step is to heat the cup you’ll prepare the latte. It may seem funny and unnecessary yet it is very essential for making a good one.
If you don’t start with heating your cup, it may cause your shot of latte to get colds while you steam and foam your milk.
Almost every espresso machine comes with a cup warmer. Yet, if you don’t own one on your espresso machine, don’t panic you can still preheat by filling hot water and let it stay for a minute when making your shot of latte.
If your cup is warmed up, make sure to move to the next step.
Lug a Double Shot of latte
Making a perfect cup of latte, you should brew a double shot of latte to pour it in your latte glass. For weaker coffee taste, brew a single shot.
Foam Your Milk
After brewing double shot in your latte, put your milk of choice in a foaming pitcher and haze it using the machine’s steam wand. If you’re foaming with regular milk, the perfect temperature is 150°F.
Don’t rise above this as it may burn the milk and cause drops of the milk’s usual taste by running the flavor. If possible, make sure to hold the steam wand distancing about half an inch under the surface of the milk so that you finish up with naturally hot milk and a tad foam on the peak.
After that, transfer the steamed milk into your latte glass. Be patient and do the process gently without making splashes or spill any of your hot milk or latte. You should pour slowly in order that the milk reaches first and the foam arrives towards the end of the tip.
It is okay to spoil at first but after some time you’ll rock the process. Following your own style of making lattes, you’ll soon get what you’re missing. Keep going!
You see, making a latte doesn’t need you to work as an expert as you can make it in your style. On top, you don’t need to follow the specific rule if you want to put a different style of your own. Hope this how to make latte guide helped you and hope you made well.
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I’m Louis Huynh & I’m the guy behind COFFEE MINISTER. In my blog, I share my expertise and help you with your coffee-struggles. I can read coffee like the back of my hand and brew it like it is in coffee shops.