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.

Ingredients:

  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.

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On February 24th, the health insurance company survivors who’ve been walking 135 miles from Philadelphia, PA to Washington, DC for health reform will arrive. We need to be there to back them up with a barrage of action so Congress hears us and knows they must get health care done and get it done right.

We’re partnering with MoveOn.org and dozens of other progressive groups to make sure Congress hears from us one million times on February 24th with a “virtual march” on Washington!

Can you join us and fax, email, and call Congress on February 24th?

We’re holding rallies all over the country to send Congress a message: We need them to get health reform done and get it done right.

To my Senators and Representative:

(CC: President Obama, Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi)

I voted for change in 2008. And since then, I’ve made phone calls and knocked on doors, held meetings and more. I can’t wait for that change anymore.

The millions of people like me who can’t afford our health care can’t wait; the 45,000 people who die every year because they don’t have insurance can’t wait; the families filing for bankruptcy because of medical bills can’t wait; the state budgets crushed by health care costs can’t wait. All the changes we need can’t wait – good jobs, protecting the environmental, worker’s rights, immigration and reining in Wall Street. I’m fed up. I want the change I voted for and I want it now! Because if the insurance companies and big corporations win, I lose.

That change starts with getting health insurance reform done and getting it done right. To finish the job and deliver a health reform bill that meets the needs of families like mine, I urge that you to make sure the final health care bill resolves a number of critical outstanding issues. These issues may be summarized under two goals:

1. Make GOOD health care affordable
Low and middle income families must be able to afford health insurance, and employers must be asked to provide good health coverage for their employees so health care is affordable at work. Health care should not be paid for with a tax on middle class health benefits.

2. Hold insurance companies accountable
If the insurance companies win, I lose. Insurance companies must be held accountable with strong regulations and consumer protections, and we must be given the choice of a national public health insurance option available on day one across the United States.

I need you to stand up to the corporate lobbyists and the Republicans who do nothing but say “no” to the President’s agenda. I need you to deliver the change I voted for. I need you to get it done, and get it done right

Sincerely,

You!

We voted for change in 2008. For more than a year we’ve mobilized to reform health care, rein in Wall Street, create good jobs, win workers’ rights and beat back climate change. We’re fed up. We want the change we voted for and we want it now!

Because if the insurance companies and big corporations win, we lose.

Health care must be affordable to everyone in and out of work, and it must hold insurance companies accountable.

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