Barista Basics: How to Make a Latte (Without a Fancy Espresso Machine!)

how-to-make-a-latteSo, who among us doesn't love a good latte in the morning? But sometimes, walking down the street to the coffee shop in the morning or spending $5 a day isn't exactly ideal. The easiest solution would be to make your own lattes, but most people think that to do so requires crazy expensive espresso machines and tons of equipment. But I am here to tell you that you don't need fancy supplies to make a ballin' latte - actually, all you need is French Roast coffee, a microwave and container with a lid!

1// First off, to combat the "no espresso machine" thing, you're going to want to get a very dark roast coffee, an espresso blend if possible. Any French Roast will work just fine! You can use your regular coffee maker or french press, just make it a bit darker than normal.

how-to-make-a-latte2// Now we need to "steam" the milk. You're going to want to fill a jar or some other container with a tight lid, about half way full of your milk of choice.


how-to-make-a-latte3// Place the lid tightly on the container and shake vigorously for 30 to 60 seconds. The milk should become frothy and approximately double in size.

how-to-make-a-latte4// Next, take the lid off and pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. The heat will solidify the foam so that it won't just disappear, as well as make the milk warm.


how-to-make-a-latte5// Add the steamed milk to your coffee (normal lattes use shots of espresso, so you'll want to add less coffee than normal to your cup - it's mostly steamed milk). Sip, savor, and go about your day!



how-to-make-a-latteHow do you take your coffee? Keep an eye out for more Barista Basics coming your way, including latte art 101, coffee cocktails, and more! Got a specific question you’d like answered in a future post? Comment, tweet me, or shoot me an email at