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 two recipes: a traditional latte recipe for your espresso machine. Second, a cafe au lait – a latte recipe that uses regular coffee.
Latte recipe: espresso + milk
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.
Most 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. This is my basic latte recipe and for a good reason. Use it as is, or as a base for pumpkin spice or vanilla lattes.
2 oz espresso
6 oz milk
Pull out 1 double espresso shot – 2 oz. Pour 6 oz cold milk into the steam pitcher and foam the milk slightly. Don’t froth milk for too long because we don’t need the microfoam, like when making cappuccinos. Tap the pitcher on the counter few times to settle the foam and pour over the espresso.
Cafe au Lait : regular coffee + milk
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.
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…