easy Homemade Latte --skip the coffe shop!

Skip the coffee shop and make your own latte at home with these easy instructions. You'll get perfect results that are coffee shop quality without spending the money!

Y'all, my girl has been (at the time of updating this) a barista for over 5 years. She knows her coffee and has helped me perfect the latte at home. I've given tips for how to use your microwave to get the frothed milk and, frankly, you could skip making espresso and opt for really, really strong coffee. However, if you are a coffee snob and looking for that perfect cup follow these instructions and you'll be impressed!

Try making your own syrups with my homemade coffee syrup recipe. A reader favorite with only a few pantry ingredients!

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Follow this easy how to make a homemade latte tutorial to make perfect lattes on your stovetop at home!! Tips for no-espresso maker or milk frother!

What is a latte, really?

  • If you are familiar with a traditional cappuccino has an even distribution of espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk and is obviously layered. But a latte has way more steamed milk blended together with the espresso and a light layer of foam. A latte uses espresso and not coffee although sometimes a really, really strong coffee can give you a good latte.

Key Ingredients:

  • Espresso. Latte's are made with espresso BUT you can use a really strong coffee if you have it on hand.
  • Water. Water is water but there are strong feelings in the coffee world that for a good latte you should be using filtered water. eh.
  • Milk. Any type of milk works fine including almond or oat milk. However, you will get the most frothing and richness from a 2% or whole milk.
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Tools Needed:

  • Stovetop espresso maker. They are easy to find at any Target or Walmart or HERE. Mine looks like this…

Tip:
If you don't want/don't have the ability to make espresso with a stove-top espresso maker brew a really strong cup of coffee. You'll still get a delicious latte!

How to make a latte at home:

  • Fill the bottom with cold water about to the little valve.
  • Add espresso to the top of the espresso maker and press down firmly. I use about 3-4 tablespoons of espresso (this is the kind I use) and then press it down with the back of a spoon.
  • Screw the top onto the bottom and put it on med-high heat. Here’s the important part… when the pot starts to percolate TAKE IT OFF THE HEAT!
  • Heat and froth your milk. Heat the milk to just under 150degrees. I use a candy thermometer to make sure I watch it. Also, keeping the heat at medium guarantees it won’t burn. --see the tips below if you want an easier hack for frothing milk!
  • Putting it together. You want about 1 part espresso to 2 parts milk and foam. Pour in the espresso. Then use a spatula to hold back the foam and pour half of the milk. The add foam. (for the PERFECTEST PERFECT latte put 1 tsp vanilla, and 3 tsp sugar into your mug before the espresso)

Tips:

  • If you don't have/don't want the ability to froth the milk on the stove you can try warming a bit of nonfat or 2% milk in the microwave, remove it and put a lid on it, shake it vigorously for a couple of minutes OR if you don't have a lid, use a small whisk or fork to whip it. You'll get a few spoonfuls of foam, and a bit of warm milk to pour into your latte.
  • If you don't have a candy thermometer (or don't want to pull it out) try to bring the heat to hot but NOT scalded. Don't worry if it's not perfect, you'll still love it!

If you would like to make coffee at home but not quite sure where to start Here's a great resource for understanding which coffee making method might be right for you.

And, and... try making your own coffee syrups! Control the ingredients for yourself.


This tutorial for how to make a latte uses a stove top espresso maker.

Homemade Latte

Making a homemade latte with your stovetop maker is delicious and easy! Skip the coffee shop and make it at home.
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 latte
Calories 119 kcal

Equipment

  • Stovetop Espresso Maker (see recipe for alternate option if you don't have one)

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp espresso. (or about 2 oz of really strong coffee) your stovetop maker may be different and require a different amount, follow the instructions
  • Water.
  • 1 cup milk. For the best flavor use 2% or whole milk. Almond or oat milk work just fine if dairy-free is needed.

Instructions
 

  • Add espresso to the top of the espresso maker and press down firmly.
  • Screw the top onto the bottom and put it on med-high heat. Here’s the important part… when the pot starts to percolate TAKE IT OFF THE HEAT!
  • Heat the milk to just under 150 degrees. I use a candy thermometer to make sure I watch it. Also, keeping the heat at medium guarantees it won’t burn. --see the tips below if you want an easier hack for frothing milk!
  • Putting it together. You want about 1 part espresso to 2 parts milk and foam. Pour in the espresso. Then use a spatula to hold back the foam and pour half of the milk. The add foam. (for the PERFECTEST PERFECT latte put 1 tsp vanilla, and 3 tsp sugar into your mug before the espresso)

Notes

Nutrition facts are for 2% milk being used.

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 8gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 113mgPotassium: 344mgSugar: 12gVitamin A: 241IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 283mgIron: 1mg
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11 thoughts on “easy Homemade Latte --skip the coffe shop!”

    1. If you don't have anything nice to say, keep it to yourself. I learned a lot from reading her blog. Keep up the good work, Nellie Bellie!

  1. Love! I worked as a barista through high school and some of college and I've definitely been missing my free foamy goodness. Will have to give this a go! What brand of espresso do you use?

    1. I buy my espresso from the local roaster here in MN. I know there are a couple big names like Starbucks and Caribou that are coming out with espresso grinds, I believe. Let me know how this goes!

  2. Yaaay!! This is an awesome post. THANK YOU for sharing. I always have to drink my "latte" with unfrothed milk because I though I can't make it any other way but with one of those expensive machines. Lucky me I found you!

    1. Have you tried the jar shaking yet? What did you think? It's not as great as "real" frothing but it's a pretty great substitute for nothing :).

      1. Hi Nellie, YES! Actually I have and I love it. I used the mason jar shaking trick because I don't have that pretty little machine you have and it worked just fine. It was a lot of pouring into the pot and back into the jar and back into the pot etc. Because I don't have a microwave either BUT it worked!! :D It's not like with the fancy machines in cafes but it looks nice. I will always make it on my kid-free Sundays because dad took them to the park so I could have an hour of sanity ;)

        1. Wow, you REALLY made it work! Kudos to you. Glad you figured out a way to get a yummy latte at home. Even if it takes a bit longer than totally loved :).

    2. As Nelliebellie said, the little "Frothers" are great! I got one for about $12 before I purchased an espresso machine. (Which I love!) I had to buy one since someone requested "espresso" blend from me. (Talk about a learning experience, which means I probably threw away 2 lbs of coffee just trying to make the "perfect" cup!)

  3. A healthier easier Latte delivered to right to your door every month....just add water! I can send you some samples of our delicious healthy gourmet products!

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