You have many options to choose from when picking a cup of coffee. You can have a mochaccino, an espresso or a simple cup of black coffee.
Of all the types of coffee, a latte has to be one of the most delicious. No one has a latte just once.
A well trained and artistic barista at your local coffee shop can make you a great latte. However, if you don’t have the time or don’t want to pay so much for a cup of coffee, you may decide to make the latte yourself.
The following are quick and easy tips to help you make a tasty latte:
Get the Proper Beans
The first ingredient you should consider before making your latte are the coffee beans that you are going to use. Simply put, good beans make good coffee.
One of the best places to get coffee beans is your local coffee shop preferably one that roasts their own beans. You should ask the barista or manager to give you espresso roast beans.
If you cannot find coffee beans at your local shop, you can buy them from stores like Sprouts or even Whole Foods. The taste of the beans will differ depending on where you get them.
You should store the beans in an airtight container for example a glass jar; grind and then brew them. Try and get a rich consistency after grinding the beans and then store them.
Brew Your Coffee
You will have to first brew your espresso or coffee. There are several ways you can do so.
One of them is to get a latte or espresso machine if you don’t already have one. You should get the best latte machine you can but affordability is key.
If you cannot afford a latte or espresso machine, you can use your regular coffee maker. Just adjust the setting to ‘espresso’ and it will do the job.
Another alternative would be to make a very strong cup of coffee using a dark roast but it won’t be the same.
Add Some Flavor
Traditionally, lattes are consumed without sweetening them. However, you should feel free to make your latte however you like it.
To add flavor to the latte, you can add whichever sweetener you want. Popular ones are sugar, honey or flavored syrups.
Next, you are going to select the type of milk that you want to include in your latte. Two percent milk is the easiest to steam and the most affordable.
Some people prefer other types of milk such as coconut milk, almond milk and oat milk. They are not hard to steam but you should not put them in the microwave.
You can use a handheld milk frother to add the milk to the coffee. You can also use your coffee maker or an electric milk brother for better results.
Mix the Latte
You should pour a favorite coffee flavoring into a large cup. Two tablespoons should be enough depending on how sweet you want the latte to be.
You can use more than one flavoring if you are in the mood to take a chance. However, it can ruin your brew so it is best to keep it simple.
You should add the espresso to the cup. You can use as many shots as you would like. Most people like to use a third espresso and two thirds milk.
Fill the cup with the steamed milk. It is a good idea to use a spoon to restrict the foam. However, if you do like milk foam, you can still enjoy your hot latte.
If you want you can add some cream and decorate your cup of latte. There are many designs you can choose depending on your skill. The leaf is the most common and easiest decoration to make.
If you want to make an ice latte, you should add the flavoring, espresso shot and milk into the cup at once. You will then add the ice into a container with a lid. However, a cocktail shaker will have the best results.
You should shake as vigorously as you can. Two minutes is a good rule of thumb, but you can shake it for longer.
Add ice to a glass or another cup. Pour the constituents of the container or cocktail shaker onto the ice and enjoy your ice latte.
If you follow the steps above, you can make a very delicious hot or iced latte without spending the money you do at a coffee shop. As you can see, there is a fair bit of preparation involved. It all works to make the latte taste better if you follow the process.