How To Make A Latte At Home
It’s those special mornings of mine when I wake up instantly craving coffee, I trudge through my whole morning routine, the hair, the makeup, and the bag packing, slowly chanting under my breath, “the coffee shop is only 2 minutes away, you can do this.” I know for a fact that my craving for a latte will never be satisfied until I see my local barista’s face.
Unfortunately for me, and for those who heard me screaming in my car, my bank account had run dry and my latte needs would go unnourished.
So, the imaginary light bulb that floats above my head lit up (ding) and I thought to myself, “Why the heck can’t I make my own latte at home using the Whole Foods coffee I already buy?”
Well, it appears that you can, anyone can, in fact, with only a few tools and ingredients you can make a latte of your own creation at home in under 5 minutes. Yes, you read that, no I’m not joking. Making your own latte at home is a great way to save time, money, and public breakdowns in the coffee shop parking lot. So, here is your guide to milky coffee goodness my ladies. Drink up.
What You Need:
- Finely ground coffee, about the consistency of table salt (you can use Whole Food’s grinder when you buy their bulk whole bean roasts, super yummy!)
- Aeropress — an at home one-cup wonder that’s $30.00 on Amazon, and amazing for one-cup coffee
- Milk of choice (2% foams the best)
- Hot water
- Milk frother (you can grab one of these from Amazon for under $7.00, but if you’re in a pinch, grab a mason jar with a lid and shake up some warmed milk until frothy and bubbly)
- Coffee Mug
- Simple Syrup (if you’re into that, which you totally should be)
- Heat around 8 oz. of water until boiling
- While the water is heating up, pour around 5 oz. of milk into your mug and heat in the microwave until just over the temperature you would want to drink
- When the milk is heated, use the milk frother in circular motions about an inch under the surface
- Froth for around 20 seconds or until the milk has reached your desired consistency and set aside
- Rinse out the aeropress with a bit of water and make sure the filter is damp as well
- Assemble your Aeropress on top of the mug that has your frothed milk
- Pour in 1 ½ scoops of finely ground coffee into the Aeropress
- Pour hot water up until the “2” line, and immediately stir the grounds
- Place the plunger in the body of the aeropress, holding the mug with one hand and pushing down quickly on the plunger, do this until you hear a hissing sound (it means air is trying to escape, and the coffee’s done)
- Remove the Aeropress and set onto a paper towel
- Add in 2 tsp. of your favorite simple syrup flavor and stir!
- Drink up, and enjoy the fact that you’re saving yourself around $4.00 every single day.