Latte is basically a type of coffee drink, which is prepared with milk. It comprises of generous amount of both steamed milk and milk foam. Another interesting thing about a latte is that it’s quite versatile and can be flavored to acquire a desired taste. It can be in the form of café latte, mocha latte, chai latte and so on. Most of the people savor the drink in coffee outlets and shops, because they are unaware that it can be easily made at home as well, with ease. Yes, latte is very easy to prepare and does not require much time, effort or resources. You can even add a personal touch to your latte creation. Making latte can be fun if you decorate it with latte art, sprucing its appearance. For preparing a sumptuous cup of latte, follow the tips given below.
Easy Latte Recipes
- 2 tbsp Coffee Powder
- ½ cup Milk
- 1 tsp Sugar
- Ground Chocolate/ Cinnamon/ Nutmeg, for garnishing
- To make a latte, brew enough coffee to fill half of your large cup. For an estimate, use two tablespoons of coffee per person.
- Now, fill half a cup with milk and heat it in your microwave oven. However, don't let the milk boil, as it will make it taste like gruel.
- Before whipping the milk, add a few teaspoons of sugar to it.
- Now, whip the milk until it is thick enough and has generated good froth.
- Gently add the coffee to the milk, without ruining the foam.
- With the help of the milk whisker, stir your latte under the foam and end it by making a nice pattern in the foam.
- You can even dust ground chocolate, cinnamon or nutmeg on the froth for garnishing.
- ¾ to 1 cup Milk
- Flavor, if desired
- First of all, fill the metal pitcher with milk. Now, place a thermometer in the pitcher.
- Steam the milk at about 165ºF. Remember, the steam should be inserted diagonally, just below the surface of the milk. This will create froth necessary for a good latte.
- At the time of frothing, make sure you are creating rotational flow in the steam pitcher.
- Once the temperature of the milk reaches the warm mark, raise the steam pitcher to cease frothing and continue to heat till about 1750F.
- Now, tamp the ground espresso into the portafilter firmly, locking it into the group head on the espresso machine.
- Start the shots running immediately. Remember, a perfect shot is one that has a fluid heart, minimum body and a small helping of crème or foam on its surface.
- Pour in the first two shots in your coffee mug, but do not let them sit longer than 10 seconds, without adding milk.
- It is now time to texture the milk by rolling it around in the steam pitcher, until it becomes glossy on the surface. Pour your steamed milk over the espresso. The froth will pour smoothly and blend with the espresso crème.
- At the time of pouring, use a spoon to regulate the flow of the foam. Make sure no foam enters the drink until you are about 1/4 in. from the top, where you can remove your spoon.
- The result should be a nice brown foamy top, with a small white foam centre.