When life gives you lemons…make a latte.
I know that lattes sound super complicated, but they are not. In fact, today I’d like to encourage you to have a very relaxed approach to lattes. Because when we simplify things, latte is just a “coffee with milk”. And, all you need to make a perfect latte are fresh quality ingredients and a good latte recipe.
Below you’ll find not one, but two recipes. First, a traditional latte recipe for your espresso machine. Second, a cafe au lait – a latte recipe that uses regular coffee.
Coffee latte is made from 1 espresso shot and significant amount of steamed milk. The proper coffee to milk ratio for a latte is: 1/3 of espresso and 2/3 of steamed milk. You can even use 1/4 of espresso and 3/4 of steamed milk.
But, most of the lattes served at coffee shops are made with too much milk. That’s why I love making my own latte at home. I always start with a double espresso shot – 2 oz. And, since I love my lattes sweet and tasty, I normally use 6 oz steamed milk.
Latte: espresso + milk
My basic latte recipe and for a good reason (use as is, or as a base for pumpkin spice or vanilla lattes).
Prep Time: 5 minutes, 1 serving, 8 oz
2 oz espresso
6 oz milk
1. pull out 1 double espresso shot – 2 oz. Go for that rich dark brown espresso color with nice golden cream on top.
2. pour 6 oz cold milk into the steam pitcher and foam the milk just slightly. We want that nice velvety milk texture and not the microfoam, like when making cappuccinos.
3. let the steamed milk settle for a few seconds and pour over your espresso.
CAFE AU LAIT
This recipe is really simple and leaves you with no excuses not to make a latte this weekend. For this recipe we’re going to use regular drip coffee. You can use any available brewing method: drip coffee maker, French press, pour over or Keurig.
Cafe au Lait : regular coffee + milk
prep time: 3 minutes, 1 serving , 8 oz
1/2 cup freshly brewed coffee
1/2 cup milk
sugar to taste
1. brew 1/2 cup strong black coffee
2. heat up the milk until it’s steaming
3. froth the milk with the milk frother or just give it a nice beat with the whisk until you see those nice small bubbles
4. add milk to your coffee, leave it to cool for, like 5 seconds and enjoy!
And that’s my idea of a perfect afternoon treat…