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How to make a Cafe Latte at home


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:

  • Strong coffee
  • Milk
  • A large cup
  • An electric milk whisker
  • A coffee maker which heats the water to more than 90°C (194°F)
  • Sugar
  • If you're a beginner: A large living fly
Brew strong coffee1

Brew enough coffee to fill half your large cup. Use two tablespoons of coffee / person.

Coffee and milk2

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.

Sugar and coffee3

Add a few teaspoons of sugar to the milk before you whip it.

Making a latte4

Whip the milk until a fly can walk over it without wetting its feet.

Pour coffee5

Add the coffee without ruining the foam.

Stir the coffee6

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.

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