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How To Make A Latte without an Espresso Machine

Updated on February 3, 2014
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Caf├ęs all over the world use some kind espresso machines to make these kinds of drinks. However, you will be able to make these drinks at home without spending a huge amount of money on those machines.

If you find that you can brew three ounces of coffee at quadruple strength, that might do the trick. However, espressos have a certain texture and taste that only a pressurized machine can accomplish.

Let's start with a Moka Pot. These stove top espresso makers can make a good quality espresso and it all depends on how much you practice. Extraction techniques may vary and you might want to practice more to satisfy your taste.

Before we continue, let's try brewing coffee at quadruple strength first if you don't have twenty to thirty dollars to spare at the moment.

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Here's what you'll need:

  • Moka pot or a home coffee maker
  • Coffee beans
  • Coffee bean grinder
  • Milk
  • Milk frother or whisk
  • Saucepan
  • Flavoring syrups or sugar/sweetener (optional)

Creamy espresso.
Creamy espresso.

Brew your coffee!

We'll discuss two ways to extract a coffee base or espresso. First, let's try using your home coffee maker first. As a warning, no matter how you strengthen your coffee base, it will never taste like espresso nor feel like espresso but for the sake of practice or a make-shift latte, let's try anyway.

The coffee maker "espresso."

  1. Grind your beans or if you already have grounded beans then you may proceed right away. Make sure that you have 7-8 tablespoons of grounded beans.
  2. Let's assume that you know how to use your coffee maker.
  3. Brew only a cup or 3/4 of a cup of coffee.
  4. That should be strong enough? Yes?

The Moka pot espresso.

  1. Read the moka pot's instruction booklet or refer to the Moka pot's instruction video in this article.
  2. Brew your espresso.

Moka pot instructions for brewing espresso.

"Steam" your milk.

If you don't have an espresso machine with a milk steamer, you can use your saucepan. Here's how:

  1. Pour 10 oz of your choice of milk. Preferably whole if you're going the coffee maker method. The whole milk should compensate for the lack of your brewed coffee's creamy texture.
  2. Pour the milk into the sauce pan and cook on medium heat.
  3. Use your whisk to "whisk" the milk until you get some frothing or if you have an electric milk frother, you may use that as well.
  4. You should continue until you get some foam on the top of the milk.

Finish it!

Pour your espresso or quadruple strength brewed coffee in a mug. If you're making an 12 oz latte, pour 2.5 ounces of your coffee base and top with your steamed frothed milk. Try to hold the foam with a spoon while pouring and when done, spoon your foam on top of the drink.

If you want some flavor in it, I suggest pouring some syrup in the mug first before you pour your coffee and milk in.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 1 person a 12 oz latte.

It takes practice.

This is not the perfect recipe for a latte since we focused more on making the drink without the necessary tools. This is all improvisation but if you find that you like making coffee and lattes, you might want to start snooping around and practice on an espresso machine with steam wands.

Good luck!


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