It's possible to make a decent latte (which is not short for cafe au lait, latte is Italian for milk, which means that if you order a latte in Italy you will most likely get a glass of milk) at home with a rather ordinary coffee maker. Although, I have found that you get what you pay for when it comes to coffee makers. I have had to call PartSelect a dozen times just to replace a thermostat (sometimes I question whether I should just buy a new coffee maker). Either way, a great latte is quite simple to make and is the perfect pick-me-up.
This is what you need:
A large cup
An electric milk whisker
A coffee maker which heats the water to more than 90°C (194°F)
If you're a beginner: A large living fly
Brew enough coffee to fill half your large cup. Use two tablespoons of coffee / person.
Pour half a cup of milk and heat it in your microwave oven. Don't let the milk boil - that will make it taste slightly like gruel. If you like that, then boil the milk - but keep that to yourself.
Add a few teaspoons of sugar to the milk before you whip it.
Whip the milk until a fly can walk over it without wetting its feet.
Add the coffee without ruining the foam.
Stir your latte under the foam with milk whisker and end it by making a nice pattern in the foam.
It's done, now drink it.
Some might argue that this is a café au lait and not a cafe latte, and sure, the recipe tells you to mix 50/50 coffee and milk, as when one makes a café au lait, and not 1/3 espresso and 2/3 milk, as when making a cafe latte by the textbook. But neither you nor your friends, and most baristas will notice any difference so why bother.
I made this for my mother and she said that It taste as good or better than Starbuck and alot cheaper Thank you very much
Posted by: marlina
my mother love the latte that i fixed thank you
Posted by: Joyce Nower
Hi - I have a glass cylinder called a Froth Master for heating the milk in in the microwave, and it has a lid with a pump mechanism to whip up the milk until it's quite "hard." I used French Market coffee, so it didn't taste quite like the Starbuck's latte, but that's just a matter of changing brands. The up shot is, I think I may have found a way to avoid shelling out $3 plus every time I want a latte. Oh, I used non-fat milk, and it was excellent. Thanks for demystifying the process. Joyce
Posted by: Max Magnus
That Froth Master seems to be a clever gadget.
Posted by: jane
most barristas who drink coffee will know the difference.
Posted by: Max Magnus
I seriously doubt that. Especially if the quality off the stuff you use and the brewing temperature are optimal then it's a very, very slim chance anyone will notice any conclusive difference.
Posted by: Indrid
My wire wisk doesn't produce the same results as an electric one. And there's considerably more effort involed. But it's a bug step up from the ghetto lattes I've been making. Thanks
Posted by: GWEN
GOOD DIRECTIONS, BUT MENTION OF FLY IS REVOLTING.
Posted by: Heinrich
Hi friend, Thanks 4 ur kind advise, no neec to go to coffe bean anymore.
Posted by: martin
Jattegott! tack fran Skottland!
Posted by: iris
buon giorno. you made my day. i just returned from rome and have a craving for the cafe lattes that i experienced there. got up this morning and asked jeeves how to do it, got sent to your really cute site. grazie mille.
Posted by: creeperette
THANKS!! this is better than Starbucks!
Posted by: george
This coffee is great! It's so italian! My wife loves it.
Posted by: Gwen B
I just did this at home, only I used my electric mixer with one beater, the whole milk foamed up beautifully, and I had JUST made a pot of reg coffee, I think I'd personally add some choc syrup or Hershey's cocoa for a richer latte, of course, again, my coffee was Folgers bkfst blend brewed as a normal pot. All in all, very good! thank you!
Posted by: someone
the fly part sounds a little sick if u ask me
Posted by: cynder
hi , pls can you gimme the recipe , and how to make the cofffee?? ...
Posted by: Louise
I've been newly introduced to the wonders of coffee when I first took my love out for some nice coffee. And ever since my first latte - I've been wanting to make one myself at home. Thanks for your guide! (borde ha köpt den über lilla electric mixern jag såg på IKEA - bara visste inte vad den var till!)
Posted by: M
wow, this was much better than any latte I have tried at Starbucks!
Posted by: Priyaranjan Ghosh
very halpfull for me.
Posted by: Courtney
hello i followed this recipe perfectly and my caffe latte tasted better than when i go to a restaurant and order one thank you very much u have saved me alot of money :)
Posted by: Sinelia
We have a cafe in our kitchen now! This is the silver lining to this cold, blustery day :)
Posted by: Nancy
I need help. Everything works great, except the milk doesn't stay frothy/foamy very long? I have a non-steam frother, looks like the one in your pic. Am I doing something wrong, any advice? Do I have 2 buy a steam frother?
Posted by: Max Magnus
Put the milk in a clean but preferable dented PET-bottle, put the cork on tight and shake the bottle hard until the milk is frothed - voila!
Posted by: Kim
thank you!! awesome simple instructions!!!! and funny too ;)