How Do You Make a Latte at Home Like an Expert Barista

The Italian tradition of enjoying a strong espresso is popular all around the world. This is a trend that is not likely to change any time soon. And why should it? We all love our coffee, we all love our favorite coffee shop and we all love to don our barista cap and make that perfect cup of coffee at home.  Well, at least that is the goal.  

But, the question is how to master at least a few of the very many coffee types that now adorn our coffee menu choices.

So, today we explore how to make the perfect latte at home.

How to Make Coffee Latte

Coffee latte, or café latte, one of the many popular coffee concoctions, is prepared from espresso and some hot steamed milk.

You can prepare your favorite latte in your very own home with the help of an espresso machine. 

How to Make a Latte with an Espresso Machine

  1. Grind the coffee beans 
    Espresso machines make use of finely ground coffee beans.
    You can use a blade grinder or a burr mill to grind the coffee beans.
    It is very important to grind the beans until very fine. 
  2. Prepare the machine
    Get your machine prepared by adding water into the water reservoir.
    Make sure that the filter holder’s top does not have any coffee grounds in it.
    Lock the holder in place.
  3. Tamp the ground coffee
    Take exactly 2 tablespoons of the finely ground coffee. Press down the coffee evenly and firmly with the help of the tamper of the machine.
    Start the coffee pump.
    Pump the coffee for about 20 seconds. 
  4. Steam the milk
    Take a frothing pitcher made of stainless steel and pour 8 ounces of milk into it.
    Heat the milk till the froth rises in the pitcher. 
  5. Get your favorite coffee mug
    Take your coffee mug or latte cup and add sugar.
    Add coffee, while continuously stirring to dissolve the sugar.
    Pour the steaming milk and make use of a spoon to hold back the froth.
    Now, push the same froth to the top with the spoon. 
  6. Enjoy your latte.

The Secret to Making the Perfect Latte Every time

There are some secrets to making the perfect latte each time:

  • Use only freshly roasted coffee beansfor a better taste. 
  • Pre-heat the coffee cup to make your hot coffee hotter.
  • Pour boiling water in the coffee mug and leave it till the coffee is ready to be served. 
  • Use cold milk for steaming purposes to generate a better froth. 

How to Make Latte Art at Home

To make your latte more spectacular, you can try dabbling in some latte art, which refers to the patterns on the froth that tops the latte. 

Coffe with Latte Art

Image courtesy of amenic181 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The secret to creative latte art is all in the pour. A talented barista will usually practice the art until he/she has it down pat. You can do the same. Some baristas use different techniques but you can choose one or two and start practising until you find the style that best suits you. Serving a latte, with a design on the top, is always a big hit with guests.

  1. For good latte art, it is important to get the right froth. Use refrigerated milk for steaming.
    Allow the milk to heat up to 100 degree F, while constantly stirring the milk. 
  2. Let the milk settle for a while before pouring it on top of the coffee, starting in the center of the cup.
    Make use of a spoon to hold back the froth and then push it on the top of the cup.
  3. To make a flower pattern, fill the cup to about half.
    Create a pattern on top of the froth.
    Shake the pourer back and froth to produce the design.
  4. To create a leaf patter, wave the milk jug back and forth again but at the end, bring the stream back up through the middle of the cup to give the appearance of a stem.

But there is nothing like watching someone actually doing it, time and time again, to get the technique down pat. So here is a video clip to help you out:

Latte Art Videos

To help you master the art of latte art, no pun intended, you can refer to this video for a better idea of the technique:

Best At Home Latte Maker

Investing in a good espresso machine is very important to get that perfect cup of latte.

The price of domestic latte machines vary dramatically. ranging anywhere from $50 to $3,000.

It is important to invest in a good machine which makes the process of latte making easier. Though there are many high-end costly espresso machines available, there are some excellent entry-level machines.

1. Mr. Coffee BVMC-EL1 Cafe Latte

A great entry-level machine that automates the process of steaming milk is the Mr. Coffee Café Lattef maker. 

2. The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System

Just a little more outlay and you can have the very popular Keurig latte maker

 

3. DeLonghi Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine

At the higher end of the market, we have the top of the range De Longhi model.

DeLonghi is a compact espresso machine that lets you use both ground coffee and coffee pods.

What is a Latte Macchiato?

Latte macchiato is a slightly different beverage to the caffè latte:

For starters, half a shot of espresso is added after the milk. This is distinct from the usual adding of milk to the espresso.

Rather than just hot milk, you generally see more foam in a latte macchiato.

It is often referred to as a layered drink.

Enjoy Making Your Own Latte at Home

Once you master the art of how to make a latte at home, you can thrill family and friends with this top quality brew, not to mention ‘hitting the ball out of the park’ with your new creative latte art skills.

~ Guest author with BCM ~

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