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How To: Homemade Latte Without the Fancy Machinery

A homemade cup of coffee is the perfect complement to a light breakfast. In between getting your last minute outfit details together, I’d say it fits right in between catching up on morning email notifications and getting some morning readings done. Although I’ll admit that I’m a tea lover at heart, coffee is the nuts and bolts of what make for the perfect serene and unperturbed morning.

I’m no expert in coffees, but I do love a good latte. (For a quick lesson in espresso-based drinks, click here). The generous combination of steamed milk and milk foam are to me the elements that enrich the whole coffee experience. The good news is, no need for fancy shmancy steaming machinery. A Magic Bullet, a tablespoon and a good old stove top will do just fine.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee (Espresso component)
  • 3/4 cup 2% Milk (steamed milk and milk foam component)
  • Hot chocolate or cocoa powder (to sprinkle)

These amounts can be adjusted to your liking.

Directions:

1: Create your strongly brewed coffee using either a regular coffee machine or some kind of a Nespresso machine. What has worked for me using a regular coffee machine is adding in 1-2 extra tablespoons of coffee powder than the recommended amount. (ie. if two cups of coffee calls for 2 tablespoons of coffee powder, add in 3-4 instead, depending on your liking). Pour espresso into a coffee cup.

2: To create the steamed milk component, warm up approximately 3/4 of a cup of milk and heat in a little pot over medium heat until it starts to boil slightly. Pour into a jar, close the lid and shake for about a minute. Pour the warm milk into a Magic Bullet or blender and blend for a couple of seconds until you see some froth forming. Stop blending and separate the foam which has formed on top into another little glass using a tablespoon.

3: Pour the steamed milk on top of your espresso.

4: Spoon the milk foam onto the top of the steamed milk.

5: Sprinkle some hot chocolate or cocoa powder on top of the milk foam.

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Enjoy immediately! 😉

Love,

TM

The Homemaker's Life is a Montreal-based creative lifestyle blog for the avid do-it-yourselfer, creative individual and travel devotee. Realizing how sweet of a friend simplicity is really changes you. It drops you into a place of pure creativity and endless possibility. It satisfies our primal need to work with our hands. Since being married in 2014, I've been interested in things that help me decorate my soul and in seeing the process. This blog was created for the everyday girl. Welcome to the Homemaker's Life! It's going to be a bumpy ride. ''When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:4 KJV Love, TM

25 Comments

  • I LOVE coffee, especially lattes!!! The only reason I get up in the morning is coffee and the only reason I stay up is lunch is coming soon after. One question though, what is a “Magic Bullet”? Sounds like a dangerous piece of equipment to be using first thing in the morning before you’ve had any coffee! :O

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    • It’s a mini blender! What’s really great is that you can use the cup you blend in as your drinking cup.. less dishes to wash afterwards 😉

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  • This sounds really easy to make.Especially in the mornings!

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    • I hope you do get the chance! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  • Must try, I’m a huge fan of Latte for sure! Thank you <3

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    • I hope you do get the chance to try it! 🙂

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  • PS. A french press is also really good for latte and cappuccinos. Anywho, that looks delicious!!!
    XO
    -Jani

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  • That looks so delicious! I’m trying to cut down on coffee, but this can be my weekend treat.

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    • I’m not a huge coffee drinker myself but with the excess of milk in lattes I can make an exception or two 🙂

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  • Thank you so much for writing this! About half of it I had gotten to on my own but the milk still wasn’t right. I used to be a barista at a fancy french cafe…but I’ll definitely try this at home. Technically I have an espresso machine but it is AWFUL and sprayed hot water all over me last time I used it. FUN!

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    • No problem! It’s worked really well for me and I hope it does for others, too. I’ve never really invested into an espresso machine (and quite honestly wouldn’t know how to use it). I hope you’ll get to try this out! 🙂

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  • I love this idea! I’m definitely giving it a try this weekend.

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  • Yum! I want some right now 🙂

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    • It only takes a couple of minutes to get ready in the morning! I hope you’ll get the chance to try it out soon 🙂

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  • This is awesome! I can’t afford a fancy espresso machine right now so this recipe is exactly what I needed.

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    • Thanks! If I ever get my hands on a fancy espresso machine, that’ll be one thing but for now, this is enough to bring a smile to my face 🙂

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  • Reblogged this on Recipe Dreams and commented:
    For the coffee lovers!

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  • Looks great!!

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  • Looks amazing ! Craving one now!

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  • slurppp….looks so refreshing!

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