Whenever I’ve latte from a coffee shop, I always think I need to make it at home. I know, barrista made coffee from freshly ground beans is awesome. And I’m pretty sure that your coffee machine is one of your favorite kitchen appliances. But imagine this, you’re stuck at home, your coffee machine is out of order, and you really need a cuppa (too many catastrosphes at once, I know).
Of course, you don’t necessarily need to be in such a situation to make your own latte. It’s just perfect for any day.
A traditional latte consists of two parts: an espresso base and a frothy milk layer. You can use your coffee machine to make the espresso base. But in this recipe, I’ve made it using Nescafe espresso powder. Apart from the espresso layer, a good latte also needs a very frothy milk layer. I’ve also explained whole process of frothing without using a milk frother.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a good cuppa!
Milk frothing technique adapted from The Kitchn
- 1 tsp Nescafe espresso coffee powder
- 1 tsp water
- ½ tsp sugar (optional)
- 1 cup milk
- Combine espresso powder, water and sugar (if using) in a coffee mug. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat milk in a microwaveable cup for 30 seconds ( for milk at room temperature) or for 50 seconds (for refrigerated milk). When milk is really warm, pop on the lid, and shake vigorously for 60- 80 seconds. This technique is used to create the foam.
- Remove the lid. Place milk back in the microwave. Heat for another 30 seconds. The foam will set.
- Use a spoon to move the foam backwards, and pour the heated milk into espresso mixture. Gently place the white foam on top. garnish with cocoa powder, if you like.
- Serve latte immediately