Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Perfect (Homemade) Latte

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, than you know that I recently rediscovered my love for my espresso maker. My mom gave it to me a long time ago, but I had never really gotten the knack for making it so it sat in a cupboard.

 I am currently dairy free, so it's been a struggle to find a great latte when even soy milk causes a reaction in my nursing daughter. I was looking into a frother, which I saw mentioned on Money Saving Mom, when it dawned on me that I should try my espresso machine one more time before I shelled out money for anything else.

 I found the directions and re-read how to steam the milk, and I was instantly thrilled with the results! 


Using my Mr. Coffee Espresso Machine (similar here), I first start by grinding my favorite Starbucks espresso, then pack the grounds into the basket.

 Then, using filtered water, I fill it to the desired amount and allow the machine to make the espresso. While that is taking place, I pour almond milk into a juice glass so it is ready to be steamed.

 I prefer a slight sweetness to my lattes, and I found a bottle of hazelnut syrup at Walmart for a dollar. Talk about a score. I don't measure, so I simply cover the bottom of my mug.

 As soon as the espresso reaches the line of desired cups, MAKE SURE YOU TURN IT OFF. This may sound like common sense, but since I usually use a coffee pot, I'm used to just letting it go. This will cause all your steam to seep out and also ruin your espresso.

 I then pour the espresso into the mug with the syrup so the espresso won't burn.

 Finally, I put the milk with the wand all the way to the bottom of the cup, turn the steam on, and allow it to steam for about 30 seconds. Then, slowly pull the cup down to have the steam wand towards the top of the cup of milk, which creates the wonderful foam.

 Pour the milk over the espresso, holding the foam back. Spoon foam on top, and voila! A delicious latte made at home.

 Don't have an espresso machine or don't want to splurge on it? Consider a frother, like this one, and brew your espresso in a coffee pot.Make sure to double the amount of espresso compared to the amount of coffee you generally use in your coffee pot for the proper strength. Otherwise your latte will be very watered down.

 I'm looking forward to trying all different types of creations with this little wonder! What is your favorite way to take your coffee?

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