I know that lattes sound complicated, but they are not. Today I’d like to encourage you to have a very relaxed approach to lattes. Because, when we simplify things, a latte is simply coffee with milk, and all you really need for a perfect latte at home are fresh 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 a 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.
I love making lattes 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. You can use it as it is or as a base for pumpkin spice lattes 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 excuse not to make a latte this weekend. For this recipe, we’re going to use regular 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
4. Slowly add milk to your coffee while stirring. Sweeten to taste.