My typical mornings used to consist of waking up early just so I could stop at the nearest coffee joint for my morning jolt before work. Every morning. You see, I’m not one of those super thrifty people who makes a pot of coffee at home every morning and pours it into their super cute to go mugs. Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee and I love super cute to go mugs. However, I love lattes more! There’s something about the rich espresso and strong aroma that just completes my morning. Well, you can imagine, buying one latte per day (sometime’s two, don’t judge me) gets quite spendy. Seriously, though. When I came back from my vacation I was forced to check my bank account and figure out where my money was going on a day to day basis. I was super disgusted at how much money I spend on lattes per month. Seriously, it’s so disgusting. So, I decided to make a lifestyle change. I looked at recipes on Pinterest (because where else would you find out how to make the perfect latte without an espresso machine?) I found the best way to make a latte without an espresso maker and today I’m sharing it with you.
Get your supplies
How To Make The Perfect Latte Without An Espresso Machine
Super dark coffee beans (grounded) or espresso beans (grounded)
Milk (I prefer whole milk as it is easier to create a nice frothy foam)
Flavored syrup (optional, you know, for when you’re feeling really fancy.)
A Coffee Maker
Brew your coffee
You will want to double the amount of coffee beans for a stronger (espresso like) taste.
I suggest 4 tablespoons of coffee grounds per 6 fl. oz of water. It really depends on how strong of a latte you want. P.s. I like my lattes STRONG!
The fun part? You can do this with ANY coffee pot! However, I’m LOVING my Mr. Coffee. Always have, always will.
Create your froth
While your coffee (espresso) is brewing, you’ll want to start frothing your milk.
If you are like me, you LOVE a frothy latte. I live for that stuff. Extra, extra foam please! Anyway, how do you create froth without one of those super scary espresso frothers attached to an espresso machine?
I get a jar and pour the amount of milk I want in my latte, into the jar. You will want to shake this jar of milk vigorously for about 60 seconds. I know, that sounds intense, but, do you want extra foam or not?
Want to get real fancy and try out an Electric Milk Frother ? I’m going to invest in one after my aunt let me test hers out. Talk about fast and easy foam! You can grab one here if you you want to speed up the process.
After shaking your milk in the jar, pour the milk into a pot and heat for two minutes on medium heat or until warm. Do NOT boil your milk.
Add your flavoring
This part all depends on how sweet you like your latte. For me, I just eyeball it and pour in a tiny bit. I like the taste of strong coffee/espresso so I don’t flood my lattes with syrups. I recommend one to two tablespoons of your desired syrup or one teaspoon of sugar.
I’m loving Torani Syrups at the moment. I love the hazelnut syrup!
You will want to add your syrup/sugar in your coffee mug first and then pour your hot coffee in. Stir.
Pour your milk
As you probably know, pouring milk is a serious art. Latte Art anyone? While I have not advanced to creating beautiful hearts in my latte yet, I get the job done with pouring the milk in and topping off my latte with the froth.
Take a spoon to block your foam while pouring the milk into your coffee. Then, top your latte off with your desired amount of froth.
Voila! Enjoy your hot latte on your way to work. Have you ever tried this?