How To Make A Latte With An Espresso Machine
Latte is a coffee drink made from 6-8 oz of hot milk and a single shot of espresso. The drink is similar to a cappuccino, but it has less foam and more milk. For visualization, we've included a video.
Brew Time: 2-4 Min
Yield: 1 Cup
What You Need
• Espresso beans
• A latte glass or cup (8 oz)
• An espresso machine with a steam wand
• If you don't have an espresso machine, an alternative brewing method like an AeroPress
• Additional toppings and syrups (optional)
1. Preheat your cup.
2. Pull a double shot of espresso.
3. Steam and froth your milk.
4. Pour the espresso shot into the latte glass.
5. Pour the milk and foam into the espresso.
6. Add sugar, toppings, and syrups as requested
Once you have mastered the espresso and learned to steam and froth milk, you can learn how to make espresso-based drinks like a latte. Here's how to steam and froth milk:
- First, you need a thermometer in the milk pitcher. You will need a metal thermometer with a clip so that it can be fixed to the pitcher. If you don't have a thermometer, then rely on your sense of touch. You also need cold milk.
- Both the milk and the pitcher should be cold. Both must be stored in the refrigerator.
- Pour the milk into the pitcher until it's just below the base of the spout.
- Turn on the steam wand (the nozzle that attaches to the coffee machine's steam pipe) for a few seconds to purge the excess water, then extend the steam wand.
- Place the tip of the steam wand 1 cm below the surface of the milk. The tip of the steam wand should not touch the sides of the pitcher.
- Turn on the steamer, hold the pitcher's handle with your non-dominant hand, and with the dominant hand, hold the side of the pitcher. This is necessary in order to feel the temperature of the pitcher as it heats up and know when to turn off the steamer with your dominant hand.
- When you feel that the pitcher has started to heat up, immerse the steam tube more fully in the milk, being careful not to touch the bottom or sides of the pitcher. The milk will start to circle.
- If you are using a thermometer, wait until the temperature rises to 150°F. If you don't have a thermometer, wait until the pitcher is so hot that you can no longer keep your hand on it.
- Turn off the steamer, then lower the pitcher away from the steam wand. Do it in this order, otherwise the milk texture will deteriorate.
- Purge the steam wand and wipe it with a clean, damp cloth.
- Lightly tap the bottom of the pitcher on the table a couple of times to burst the large bubbles burst, then swirl the pitcher a few times to mix the foam and milk.
- The method of pouring milk into espresso depends on the drink. As a rule, you should start pouring milk into the center of the cup from a low height, moving the pitcher closer to the drink. Once you have mastered this method, you can move on to latte art.