Here is the thing.
Amongst all the twenty-plus espresso milk combos, the caffe latte is the most ordered in both the US and UK.
But most don’t know they can make this drink at home and it only takes a few minutes.
The best thing is that you can make it even if you don’t have an espresso machine.
That’s what this post is about – a simple step-by-step latte recipe.
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About Caffe Latte
|Popularity||Most popular espresso drink in the US|
|Ingredients||1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk, and 1 cm foam.|
|Amount of espresso||1 or 2 shots|
|Amount of milk||8-15 ounces|
|Foam||1 cm foam|
|Amount of ground coffee||7-9 grams for 1 shot|
|Serving||240 ml cup or mug|
|Taste||Sweet milky taste|
|Popular Latte Flavors||Vanilla LatteHazelnut LatteCaramel LatteCinnamon LatteMocha LattesAlmond joyPumpkin Spice LatteGingerbread latte|
|Caffeine amount||63 mg for latte prepared with 1 shot126 mg for latte prepared with double shot|
|Best time||Before 11 am|
Caffe Latte Trivia
- Latte contains the most milk amongst all other espresso-based drinks
- The latte is prepared with 1-2 shots of espresso and 8-15 oz of steamed milk
- The Caffe latte is the most popular espresso drink in both the UK and the US.
- Italians drink latte before 11 am.
- To order a latte in Italy don’t say latte since latte means milk. Instead, say caffè latte.
- The word latte is derived from the word cafe latte
- Latte was invented in Italy back in the 17th Century but only got in the US in the 1950s
- Latte is called Café Crème in French
- David Schomer is credited with popularizing latte art in the US
- You can make a latte with or without an espresso machine
- October 7th is National Latte Day in the US
- Latte made with 1 shot of espresso has about 60 mg of caffeine
- Latte is supposed to be served in an 8-15 oz latte glass or cup.
- Latte art is a visual complement to showcase passion
Caffe Latte Recipe – Step by Step
- Coffee beans
- Whole milk
- Favorite flavorings
- Coffee grinder
- Espresso machine
- Frothing pitcher
- Milk jug
- Latte cup
How To Make Caffe Latte Step By Step
Step 1: Ground the coffee beans
The best cup of latte comes from freshly ground coffee beans. You can use a burr grinder, blade grinder, or manual grinder.
For the best results use a burr grinder as you can easily adjust the grind size to a fine grind, which is ideal for brewing espresso.
The number of coffee beans to grind will depend on whether you are brewing 1 or 2 shots of espresso. 1 shot of espresso requires 7 grams and 14 grams for 2 shots.
Step 2: Make 1 or 2 shots of espresso
The next step is to brew espresso.
Here you have several options. Espresso machine, Moka pot, French press, and Aeropress. While the best option is the espresso machine, you can use any of the other brewing methods.
When brewing espresso, be careful not to under-extract or over-extract the ground coffee. Under extraction occurs when very few flavors and compounds are extracted from the ground coffee, while over-extraction is when excess flavors and compounds are extracted, so you end up with bitter-tasting espresso
Step 3. Time to steam or froth the milk
Now, milk is the major component in a latte.
For the best results, you will require fresh whole milk. You can also use milk alternatives such as almond, soy, and oat milk.
While the best way to steam milk for a latte is using a steam wand or milk frother, you can also use a microwave, blender, or a mason jar.
For a steam wand, pour the milk into a pitcher and plunge in the steam wand until the milk attains a temperature of between 130 and 150ºF.
Step 4: Prepare the latte
Pour the espresso into the latte cup and add the milk you just steamed. This will be between 8 and 15 ounces and then top the latte with a one cm foam or your favorite flavorings.
You can go a step further and make latte art.
And that is it, a perfect homemade cup of latte.
While it may be overwhelming for the first time, it only takes a couple of tries to get it right. The key thing is mastering how to grind the coffee beans, brew the espresso, and steam the milk.
If you have the right supplies and gear, you can prepare a delicious cup of latte at home. You only need freshly ground coffee and fresh milk. It only takes a few minutes and it’s super easy.
Frequently Asked Questions on How to Make a Caffe Latte
Making a caffe latte is simple. Brew one or two shots of espresso using freshly ground coffee and then steam whole milk. Pour one shot of espresso into a latte cup and add between 8 and 15 ounces of steamed milk.
Caffe latte is made of espresso and steamed milk. Amongst all the other espresso-based coffee drinks, the latte is made with the most milk. 8 to 15 ounces of steamed milk are added in 1 shot of espresso.
You make a caffe latte by adding 8 to 15 ounces of milk into a shot of espresso. You can make latte art on top or add your favorite flavorings. Latte is best served in a latte cup or mug.
Caffe latte is made with a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio of espresso and milk. Since the milk amount is more than espresso, the latte is sweeter and has a milky taste which is why most people love it.
If you don’t have a fancy espresso machine, you can use a Moka pot, French press, or an Aeropress to brew the espresso. Also, if you don’t have a milk frother, you can use a microwave, whisk, or blender.