Can You Make Lattes With Espresso Machines

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Caffè latte is an Italian word that means coffee and milk. It is popularly known for its shortcut name latte. This coffee drink is the creamiest among other espresso selections made with espresso and hot steamed milk. 

A perfect latte has frothy, indulgent milk mixed with a perfectly pulled espresso shot and a bit of latte art on top.

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So, can you make lattes with espresso machines?

Technically, not all espresso machines can make a standard cup of latte. You need to steam and froth the milk to make a latte, which can only be done by an espresso machine that has a steaming wand. You can also make steamed milk using a milk frother which can be bought separately.

Lattes are actually quite easy to make: It’s a combination of two shots of espresso, three ounces of steamed milk, and a thin layer of foam on top. 

Since not everyone has the luxury of financial freedom to go down to a local coffee shop to pick up a latte, many latte lovers wonder if they can make a latte at home with an espresso machine.

As I mentioned before, you’ll need an espresso machine with a steam wand to steam and froth the milk to add to your latte. 

If your machine does not have a steaming wand, you can make steamed milk without an espresso machine using a milk frother which can be purchased online, alternatively, you can use a few kitchen tools to make frothed milk at home.

What is the ratio of espresso to milk for a latte?

Espresso and milk are in the ratio of 1:4 in a standard cup of latte which includes 2 oz. of double shot of espresso and 8 oz. steamed milk with a thin layer of foam on top.

How many shots of espresso are in a latte?

At most coffee shops, the standard size of a latte is 12 ounces and it’s made with a double shot of espresso and 10 ounces of milk.

How much is a shot of espresso?

One shot of espresso is equal to one fluid ounce in volume and has about 64mg of caffeine.

How much caffeine does a latte have?

A standard size latte has 2 shots of espresso, that’s 120-130mg of caffeine.

How to make lattes with an espresso machine?

A latte, or caffe latte, is a coffee drink that combines espresso with steamed milk and a thin layer of foam. Of all the coffee options, making specialty drinks like lattes and cappuccinos may seem a little daunting, even if you have a specialized latte machine that brews the espresso for you and has a built-in milk frother.

What you’ll need:

  • Espresso beans
  • 8 oz. Milk
  • Latte glass or cup
  • Espresso machine with a steaming wand
  • 2 tablespoons any flavor of flavored syrup

Step 1: Pull a double shot of espresso and pour it in your latte cup.

Step 2: Add 2 tablespoons of flavored syrup.

Step 3: Pour milk into a steaming pitcher and heat to 145 degrees F to 165 degrees F (65 to 70 degrees C) using the steaming wand. Hold the wand about half an inch below the milk’s surface so that you end up with mostly hot milk and a little froth on the top.

Step 4: Gently pour the frothed milk over the espresso in a slow narrow stream. There should be up to a three quarter-inch layer of foam on top of the latte. 

Once you get used to making lattes, you can play around with a bit of latte art.

How to make latte without an espresso machine?

Many coffee lovers who have a standard coffee machine often wonder – “Can you make latte with regular coffee?” The answer is yes, but you will have to use a stronger coffee base instead of espresso and use a few standard kitchen tools to make frothed milk.

To change the strength of the brew, you’ll need to adjust your coffee-to-water ratio. The less water in the mix, the less it will dilute the brew, and the stronger the coffee will be. In your latte cup the strong-brew coffee should fill one-third of the cup.

Step 1: Brew a strong batch of coffee, adjust your coffee-to-water ratio accordingly. Pour the coffee in a latte cup.

Step 2: How to froth milk at home without an espresso machine. There are two ways to do this.

  1. Pour 8 ounces of heated milk in a Mason jar, screw the lid tight and give it a good shake to create froth, or
  2. Pour 8 ounces of milk in a saucepan, using a kitchen whisk vigorously whisk the heating milk into a froth.

Step 3: Pour the frothed milk over the coffee, holding some froth back with a spoon for a topping.

Once you have only froth left, finish up the pour by layering the froth on top of the beverage.

Step 4: If you like your latte sweet, add some sugar, vanilla extract, or honey. 

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Hi, my name is Amit Gupta, and I am the owner and contributor at Cafeish. My obsession with coffee started when I received my first French press as a gift almost ten years ago. Since then, my love of coffee – and the number of coffee gadgets I own – has grown considerably.

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