How to Make a Latte at Home without an Espresso Machine

by Dean on February 18, 2015

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.

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