4 Cool Ways To Make A Cafe Latte When You Do Not Have A Machine
A frothy latte with its perfect pairing of rich espresso and sweet steamed milk, is a wonderful start to the day. It’s America’s favorite coffee shop order. But they can be expensive, whether you’re buying them at your local coffee shop or investing in a home espresso machine.
Luckily, you can still enjoy delicious lattes without paying the big bucks for either of these options. Keep reading for four handy tips on DIY latte making.
1. By Making Espresso With A Moka Pot
A Moka pot is perhaps the most authentic way to make espresso without a high-pressure machine. Not only does it come to us from Italy, the homeland of espresso, but it is even known as a stovetop espresso maker (1).
All you need to do is fill the bottom chamber with water and the filter with your favorite ground espresso beans. Then place it over a heat source and let steam pressure do its job. Still, for those of you who like to experiment, there are two simple methods you can try:
We also have a step-by-step guide on how to make a latte with an espresso machine. If you wish to delve deeper into milky espresso drinks, you can learn from cappuccino vs. latte vs. macchiato comparisons.
2. By Making Espresso With An Aeropress
If a Moka pot is the traditional way to make espresso without a machine, then Aeropress is its modern equivalent. First released in 2005, this handheld coffee maker has garnered a global following for the strong and rich espresso-like coffee it produces.
You can brew a standard Aeropress, as per manufacturer’s recommendations. But to get an even bolder brew for your latte, try the inverted method, which increases the extraction time.
3. Using Instant Coffee
Instant coffee hasn’t always had the best reputation for great flavor, but these days there are plenty of delicious, high-quality instant coffees on the market. Instant coffee is in the midst of a renaissance, so this is a great time to give it a try!
Brewing an extra-strong instant coffee is the quickest and easiest way to get a rich espresso-style brew to serve as the basis for your latte.
4. By Steaming Milk In A Saucepan
Frothing milk is no more complicated than warming it while incorporating air, which makes it foamy. So the most obvious way to do this at home is to use your stovetop and a whisk.
Place a saucepan of milk over the heat, and whisk it continuously for up to 5 minutes, until it’s as warm and frothy as you want. Using an electric whisk will spare your arms, but it’s not mandatory.