latteCafe latte literally means ‘’milk coffee’’. Traditionally brewed espresso coffee is mixed with milk and foam to make a latte. Sometimes syrups, and flavors in other forms are added to enhance the taste. Latte and cappuccino are actually quite similar. Both are made by adding steamed milk and milk froth to the espresso; cappuccino has more froth than a latte.

It is easy to make a latte if you have an espresso machine that comes with a steam wand. If you don’t have one, you can visit TheEdge website. TheEdge is a terrific espresso machine review site. Read their guide on how to select the best espresso machine for your needs. But what about those who can’t afford an espresso machine right now? Is that reason enough to deprive them from a cup of hot latte, topped with foam milk, during these times of cold winter? Definitely not!

latte without an espresso machineSo here is that little magic recipe- to make an amazing latte at home without an espresso machine. Since latte is more milk than froth, it can be made in two ways, without an espresso machine. I will include both the methods here.


  1. Strongly brewed coffee
  2. Milk
  3. Sugar syrup (optional)
  4. Cocoa powder (optional)

Method 1:

  • You will need a glass jar for this; not just any glass jar, but one with a lid that screws tightly.
  • Pour cold milk till about half of the glass jar. Close the lid tightly.
  • Now shake the bottle for about a minute; you will see foam collecting on the top of the bottle in that empty space you left. Shake it till the milk almost doubles in quantity and fills the jar with foam.
  • Pour the entire thing into a saucepan and boil it. You can add sugar syrup at this point. It will help if you have a milk thermometer. Check for a reading of 160 degrees. Or else just let the milk heat up, without thoroughly boiling it.
  • The foam will stay on top. Pour the milk into the cup of brewed espresso, while holding the foam with a spoon. Now scoop out some foam and top the coffee with it.
  • Sprinkle cocoa powder and serve.

Method 2: (This makes less foam)

  • Pour milk and sugar syrup in a saucepan and put it on the burner.
  • Heat the milk and as you heat it, constantly whisk it with a whisker.
  • The whisking needs to be done continuously and very fast. You will foam collecting on top of milk.
  • Once milk is thoroughly heated, but not boiled, pour it into a cup of brewed coffee.
  • Spoon some of the foam on top.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of cocoa powder.

You can add your choice of flavor to the latte. Vanilla, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper- all of them can replace or complement the cocoa. And that’s it. Enjoy your cup of delicious homemade latte, curled up in a blanket near the fireplace. Or any way you like.


slow juicerIn this fast moving era we want everything to happen at the speed of light. But, at times it is seen that the old wise saying “slow and steady wins the race”, is still so relevant. Having used both slow and fast juicers relating to different speeds and brands for more than a decade now, I strongly feel slow juicers are far better than fast juicers. In the following paragraphs, I shall be discussing why slow juicers are better than fast juicers.

Fast juicers are one of the most commonly used juicers. They function using a fast-spinning metal blade which spins against a mesh with a filter, segregating juice from the produce using centrifugal force. Once this process is completed, the juice and pulp end up in separate containers. The issue with centrifugal or fast juicers is the amount of heat generated because of the fast-spinning metal blade used for crushing pulp. It destroys some of the enzymes from the pulp while juicing. Moreover, the heat oxidizes the nutrients contained in the juice, as a result of which they become less nutritious.

Operation – Slow juicers also referred to as masticating juicers extract juice by following a thorough process of kneading, pressing, and crushing the pulp thereby producing a high yield of nutritious juice. Since they operate on twin gears they do not produce heat while processing the juice and add on to the high nutritional value of the juice.

Efficiency – When compared to fast juicers, slow juicers always gets a thumbs-up as they yield a higher produce of juice. In other words, slow juicers are far more efficient when compared to fast juicers. Slow juicers can blend almost all produce including nuts, but fast juicers cannot do that. There is hardly any noise produced by a slow juicer when it is in use, whereas fast juicers make a lot of noise while processing the pulp. The pulp or the residue left out after juicing is higher in fast juicers. They do not squeeze out maximum juice from the pulp (like slow juicers). Slow juicers are way more expensive compared to fast juicers. However, if the quality and quantity of juice is of utmost importance to you, then opting a slow juicer is your best bet.

Health Benefits – Cold press or slow juicers bring greater health benefits. The yield of the juice that they produce when compared to the juice produced by fast juicers is much higher in nutritional value. Due to lesser exposure to oxidation during the process of juicing, the juices produced using a slow juicer can be stored up to 72 hours and used as and when required, but the same is not the case when using fast juicers. Slow juicers can be used to make baby food, sorbet, nut butter, wheatgrass etc. Fast juicers can only extract the pulp of most fruits and vegetables, and fail miserably at extracting juice from wheatgrass.

Studies show that the calcium level is almost double in the juice produced using a slow juicer. One should prefer slow juicers over fast juicers, if they are juicing for medical reasons. If you are doing a juice cleanse for your body, and then a slow juicer is what you need. Other health benefits of consuming juice extracted from a cold pressed juicer include brighter eyes, clearer skin, and healthy blood levels. For a regular detox regime of juicing, cold pressed juices are the best.

After examining all the facts, it is quite clear that by far slow juicers outperform fast juicers in many ways. Pick one today and see how beneficial a slow juicer can be for you and your family. But do not forget to read juicer reviews, they will aid you in choosing the best option for you. JUICER is a terrific juicer review site. Read their guide on how to select the best juicer for your needs.


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